VMware just announced VMware Player 7 Pro. Is anyone using this for desktop virtualization?

Yesterday VMware announced that they're going to release VMware Player 7 Pro. I'm curious as to whether anyone's actually using this in an enterprise setting?

Yesterday VMware announced that they're going to release VMware Player 7 Pro. I'm curious as to whether anyone's actually using this in an enterprise setting?

If you've never heard of Player Pro, it helps to take a look at all of VMware's desktop products for Windows. Everyone knows about VMware Workstation—desktop software that lets people run multiple VMs on their Windows desktops. This is what we all use for lab testing on our laptops and stuff.

You probably also know that VMware has a free version of Workstation called the VMware Player. Player is like a "light" version of Workstation that basically just lets you run VMs. It doesn't have most of the advanced options of Workstation, including the ability to configure advanced settings for VMs, virtual networks, snapshots, clones, etc. The other big "catch" with Player is that it's only licensed for personal use. (This was a change VMware made several years ago to prevent companies from rolling their own client VM solutions for free where they'd deliver a managed work VM to users who would access them on personal devices... Sort of a poor man's Moka5.)

At the same time that they added the personal use only license restriction to Player, VMware also released something called "Player Pro" which is almost identical to Player except you're allowed to use it in commercial settings. The other enhancement to Player Pro is that it can run something VMware calls Restricted VMs, which are VMs that have their settings locked down so users can't change things. (I'm talking about the actual settings of the VM themselves being locked down. In other words with a restricted VM, a user can't go in and change the amount of memory or CPUs, and the admin can restrict access to local drives and local USB devices, etc.)

So VMware Player Pro is kinda sorta like Moka5, though without all the centralized management and stuff.

Anyway so today VMware announced Player 7 Pro. (Actually, the really announced Workstation 11, and Player 7 and Player 7 Pro are the "Player" versions of Workstation 11.) It doesn't seem like there are any new Player Pro-specific features, but I figure this is a good opportunity to see if anyone's using it?

By the way, Player Pro is $150 per device, Workstation is $250, and Player (for non-commercial use) is free. 

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