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Virtualization: VMware Workstation 17 Pro and Player 17 Unveiled

Image: VMware

VMware has introduced new virtualization software. VMware Workstation 17 Pro and VMware Player 17 support Windows 11 and several new distributions based on the free Linux operating system kernel. In addition, both solutions offer an extended feature set with vTPM, autostart, and OpenGL 4.3 support.

VMware introduces new workstation and new player

That of michael dellthe founder of Dell, led by VMware, has presented his new virtualization solutions, VMware Workstation 17 Pro and the free and non-commercial use VMware Player 17, which are characterized in particular by an expanded set of functions.

VMware Workstation 17 Pro and Player 17
VMware Workstation 17 Pro and Player 17 (Image: WMware)

VMware Workstation 17 Pro and VMware Player 17 offer the following innovations compared to the predecessor:

VMware Workstation 17 Pro and Player 17 Highlights
  • windows 11
    • Support for Windows 11 host system and Windows 11 guest systems with TPM and vTPM.
  • fast encryption
    • In addition to full encryption, both solutions now offer “Fast Encryption” to provide maximum performance for virtual machines with vTPM.
  • Encryption for the workstation player
    • To provide a Windows 11 compatible TPM, VM encryption capabilities have been extended to Workstation Player to create Windows 11 virtual machines.
The workstation can generate and also store the encryption password
The workstation can generate and store the encryption password (Image: VMware)
  • OpenGL 4.3
    • On Linux and Windows virtual machines, VMware Workstation now supports graphics rendering via OpenGL 4.3.

In addition to Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022, VMware Workstation 17 Pro and VMware Player 17 also support several additional Linux distributions, such as new editions of Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Red Hat, as well as FreeBSD.

new operating systems
  • windows 11
  • Windows Server 2022
  • Ubuntu 22.10, 22.04 LTS, 20.04 LTS
  • Fedora Workstation 37 and 36
  • FreeBSD 13 and 12
  • Debian 11 and 12
  • rhel 9

Download on ComputerBase

VMware Player 17 can be downloaded as an alternative to the also linked Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0 directly below this post from the ComputerBase download area.

VMware Workstation 17 Pro stands as Trial version for Windows and Linux Available for download directly from the manufacturer.

The editors would like to thank the community for the information in this report.


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