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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    vmware player 4 (free) now out - - Windows 8 WORKS as vm


    Hi all
    to those who don't want to shell out dollars for a purchase or upgrade of vmware workstation version 8 the FREE latest version of vmware PLAYER (version 4) works just fine.

    Note however that while you CAN create vm's you don't get the full features of the paid for work station product such as "Cloning", "snapshots", Teams etc etc.

    For testing current version of W8 this might not be a drawback to a lot of people so if you like using vm's under vmware the latest version of vmware player is just fine too --- did another install just recently of W8 so I have one under Esxi and another as a guest on W7 x-64.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    Wow, been waiting for a newer version for ages. Been stuck at 3.14 since march.

    Where's the link for it? All I see is 3.14 still....

    Did you get it through the programs updater?
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    I cant find anything on the vmware site about this

    Do you have a link Jimbo?
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    Yep, not sure where you're getting it at. Even checked for updates within 3.14 - No updates available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I cant find anything on the vmware site about this

    Do you have a link Jimbo?
    Quote Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
    Yep, not sure where you're getting it at. Even checked for updates within 3.14 - No updates available.
    Agreed the vmware site requires you to log in or register to be able to download the latest version and 3.14 was the latest version available.
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    Think it's only available through vmware workstation 8. It's included in there, but there is no stand alone vmware player 4 available at this time yet.
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    Hi all
    Made a small error

    It's included in the vmware workstation package

    But if you download the trial you can get it .

    as a long time user of vmware I went for the full upgrade and it's in there.

    It should be available soon via stand alone download.

    I'm not sure if the vmware player included expires when the trial does -- if it doesn't then grab the trial.

    However to re-assure those vmplayer 4 DOES work with W8.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    How come VMPlayer works but not VMServer?

    I tried it on VM Server and it booted fine then crashes.
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    Hi there
    vmserver l has an OLDER code base than vmware 7.1 so it won't work until vmware server code base is updated.
    I'm afraid at the moment as far as vmware is concerned you have to use vmware workstation 8 or wait until the stand alone version of vmplayer V4 is released.

    I wouldn't hold out much hope of seeing an updated version of vmware server since the emphasis is on using ESXi (also free) but it's a bit fiddly to get Esxi to work --you need at least a white box and a compatable network card --the Intel PRO ones usually work.

    I suspect that vmware server is on its way to being phased out now in any case.

    You CAN run ESxi as a virtual machine but then having another virtual machine on this rather reduces performance to nothing better than just a POC (Proff of concept) that W8 will actually boot and start.



    Cheers
    jimbo
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    With Server, W7 is not listed as the OS to based your install on so i used Vista and it works (not that i think it matters), so i expected W8 to work but it seems something in the iso is preventing it.
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