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VMware Workstation 10, VMware Player 6 Regular/Plus, VMware Fusion 6 Regular/Pro: what to choose? (via: VMware Workstation 10 released Sept. 4 2013, but you might be fine with the free VMware Player 6 Plus | TinkerTry IT @ home)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/27

There is an interesting post by TinkerTry IT @ home | VMware Workstation 10 released Sept. 4 2013, but you might be fine with the free VMware Player 6 Plus that helped me making up my decision what to buy.

Basically you have these products on the non-server side of things:

(Note: you can find many downloads through Google search for

I bought these:

  • VMware Fusion 6
  • VMware Workstation 10

My reasoning:

  • I’m using both a Mac, a Windows and a VMware ESXi home-lab as hosts.
  • For Mac, I need VMware Fusion or VMware Fusion Professional
  • For Windows, I can use VMware Player Free, VMware Player Plus or VMware Workstation.
  • VMware Workstation 10 integrates with ESXi (VMware Player 6 regular/plus don’t)
  • VMware Fusion Professional includes VMware Player 6 Plus which I don’t need

Note that since Windows 8, it also contains a bare-metail hypervisor: Hyper-V which is the same as available for Windows Server (see Bare-metal hypervisor for non-server use?).

Too bad they don’t have Mac support (:


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