Last week, I gave away seven free VMware Fusion 6 Professional license worth a total of $903 USD to seven lucky readers as part of a fun give away for my fellow Twitter followers. I know a couple of you who were asking about VMware Workstation licenses and it looks like the Workstation team has just answered that call πŸ™‚

vmware-workstation-licenseI have in my hands, seven VMware Workstation 10 licenses worth a grand total of $1,743 ($249 USD per license). I would like to give a big thanks to the VMware Workstation team for donating these seven licenses to me so that I could give away to my Twitter followers. If you are interested in learning more about VMware Workstation or have any feedback/questions for the Workstation team, you can follow and interact with them on Twitter at @vmw_workstation. One pretty neat feature of Workstation is the ability to manage your ESXi hosts including Free ESXi which really could come in handy.

So, if you want a super easy way to win a free VMware Workstation 10 license key, then CAREFULLY READ through the instructions below to see how you can score a free Workstation license!

How to Win:

  1. You must be following me on Twitter, I am at @lamw and I will be contacting winners through Twitter.
  2. Leave a short comment on this post on what this VMware Workstation license key would enable you to do, whether that is solving a particular problem or challenge.
  3. What is the one feature that you are most excited about for new users or what new feature would you like to see for existing VMware Workstation customers.
  4. Include your Twitter handle in the comment
  5. Must not be a VMware employee, I will check :)

Simple, right? I will randomly select seven winners from the list of comments in one weeks time, so make sure you leave your Twitter handle in the post else you will not be eligible to win. This is open to everyone, you do not need to live in the US to win.



69 thoughts on “Want a free VMware Workstation 10 License?

  1. @gallifreyan here. I have a time-limited Workstation license and an even older (v2.1? Circa 2000 on biz-card CD) version; I’m thinking about replacing an esxi NUC at home with a 17″ 4-dimm laptop for recreational virtualization… and I’d actually love to see some sort of mini-vMotion feature to move between laptops/desktops (offline most likely), or maybe a way to auto-templatize VMs so you can, say, build one Hadoop node or desktop instance and then copy it a few times automagically.

  2. I’d like a VMware Workstation license, please. I haven’t used VMware Workstation previously, as my work has been primarily in VMware Fusion on my Mac, so everything in VMware Workstation will be new to me. I’m looking forward to comparing between the two products and exploring the features in Workstation. I’m especially looking forward to explore the use of Workstation as a VMware ESXi management console.

    I’m at @rtrouton on Twitter.

  3. @virtual_trotski here

    I was able to obtain my vcap-dca 5 by using the nested lab approach all running on workstation 9 and version 10 will be nice to have to start working on the other certs on my radar.. including cloud, dt and vcap-dcd.


  4. William I currently run VMware Workstation 8 in this I can’t host Winows Server 2012 VMs, with a Workstation 10 license I could. Workstation 10 also would allow me to easy transfer my VMs to vSphere 5.5 server estate when needed.

    It would be great if VMware Workstation VMs could have simple power on \ off and view console by vCenter console for use in homelab.

  5. I would love a workstation license. I would use it to prepare a lab environment to prepare for the VCP exam that I plan taking at the next VMworld. The feature that I would like to see is the ability to create a vsan group of hosts by somehow tricking workstation into thinking you were using SSD drives; maybe some kind of vsan virtual appliance for testing.

    @Favoritevmguy on Twitter

  6. I have a mixed homelab with ESXi hosts and Hyper-V hosts, I would like use the ESXi and VM management feature in the new Workstation 10 to manage my lab with the VMware Workstation.. So if you could provide me with a Workstation 10 license that would be awesome!

    Again thanks in advance, love the this VMware Workstation team does for the community.


  7. @Rob_Coote

    I’ve just completed the VSphere Install, Configure, Manage course and could use a Workstation license to continue studies towards the exam. I presently have an Intel NUC running ESXi in my home lab using FreeNAS for storage.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. @innismir

    I do a lot of malware reverse engineering as a hobby and VMWare is one of the best tools for infecting computers and trying to pull the malware apart. I currently use Player, but this requires manually copying machine states rather than snapshotting. This would make my life so much easier. Thanks!

  9. @walsh_vmware

    Hey William. Great idea. I would stop using VirtualBox since I recruit for EUC and SDDC at VMware. I would replace my VirtualBox install with WorkStation and be better able to discuss the awesomeness of it when talking with candidates for your team. I would run the Cloud on my PC feature as well. Being a Ubuntu user I could also install the MS VM for those rare times I need to use that OS.

  10. Thanks for doing this William! And thanks to the Workstation team too for the generous giveaway.

    A VMware Workstation 10 licence key would enable me to easily manage the ESXi Free edition hypervisors in our IT Lab here; something which can be a challenge with the regular vSphere client!

    One feature I’d love to see in Workstation is actually a set of features from a discontinued product: ACE. I’d love to see the ACE feature set make a comeback; as it was ideal for a use case I had. But I understand that ACE met the needs of a small market, so it’s really a wish πŸ™‚

    My Twitter handle is @phil_wiffen

  11. @AlmightyKevin

    I would love to be able to use the ability to manage all of our ESXi servers from a single desktop based interface. I would also like to try the built in P2V feature to see how it compares the the basic free converter. (Plus it just seems so much better then the old version I use to use back in Uni).

    Unfortunately I am NOT a VMware employee πŸ˜‰

  12. I’m a Windows administrator who plays around with all kinds of virtualization and with VMware workstation I can use nested virtualization to more easily use the different hypervisors concurrently.

    With regards to new features I’m very curious how the virtual tablet sensors will work and I also like the idea of being able to time restrict VMs.

  13. Going in order..

    1. You’re followed!
    2. The biggie for me with a Workstation is to have an environment to lab out my interests (as opposed to my employers) and work towards my VCP. One of these interests may include using a certain template to blow out a test VSAN environment… πŸ™‚
    3. I will say on the work side of things I love the capability to build out in workstation and then drag and drop the VM into either vSphere or the cloud. Pretty handy.
    4. Hi, I’m @k00laidIT !

  14. @Mcmeider

    Hi William,

    i used a lot of virtual machines in my training to an it specialist. It helped me alot. With the VMware Player i could copy all that machines to every place, and that is a great thing. Now im ready to make some it certificates and it would be good to learn at home with snapshots instead of copying the whole machine and to say “its moved/copied” (cause of the configuration of an exercise).

    At home i also use it to run virtual machines for fun and security in the web. I also love it to test things very hard (destroy configurations to make them new and learn it), cause you cant do that with a physical machine. I also prepare new Windows/Linux OS to get some knowledge about the new stuff.

    At all: It would be great to use the VMware Workstation.


  15. So that’s why I’d like to win a license to the latest views VMWare.
    Let me explain, I have a license for this software version 9.0, unfortunately this is not the latest version here because I take part in this competition. Namely, the program I use to explore different operating systems. With this app I learned a lot and met a lot of systems. I would like to continue your adventure with this product so very happy to take part in the contest with the hope that I can get it.


  16. @IGoByJerry

    I would like to develop a proof of concept that would allow developers and other users to automate “cloudbursting” their VMs and applications running on there local system via Workstation to a Vcenter private or public cloud.

    A feature I would like to see for workstation would be the ability to assign per VM QoS settings such as shares or thresholds for Storage, network thresholds, memory, etc.

  17. @ErnestoMorin

    I would love a license to VMWare Workstation! I just built a nice development rig for home and have been looking to at Workstation for to run on it. Being a software developer I constantly have a need for spinning up test vms and taking them back down.

    The features I like most is the virtual tablet sensors. I am about to start working on mobile development so this is nice!

  18. @FulvioMolinengo here.
    VMWare Workstation fills The gap for us between esxi products, which we use and love for our cloud Infrastructure, and desktop products like player, not capable enough for some of our needs.
    The best thing as a new user is the possibility to view and use any VM from my ipad browser, which is awesome.
    Only thing i wish was there it’s integration with vcenter, which afaik is not possible yet.

  19. @dcsonic

    I’d like use use VMware Workstation to practice and learn. I’m looking to obtain my VCP, and I think this would assist me greatly in creating labs for learning.

    I like the fact that you can use Workstation to manage and administer the free ESXi based server. This would come in handy to my small limited budget and only being able to learn using the free version.

    Thanks and you’re site is full of great tips and knowledge!

  20. @Rocketlover

    I’d like to run Workstation at home so that I can setup VMs for each of my daughters. They are into math, science, and computers so I also hope to begin teaching them virtualization concepts. Also, running free esxi hypervisor would be a win for me.


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  22. @radoslaw

    I have just finished taking the VMware vSphere ICM 5.5 course, and am looking to obtain my VCP. Vmware Workstation 10 would help me to prepare for the VCP exam using a nested lab approach.

    As for the feature that i’m most excited about is that Workstation 10 is able to manage Virtual Hardware 10 VMs πŸ™‚

    Thanks, for this great opportunity to win a free Workstation license!

  23. @emilslv

    Vmware workstation will help me step first practical steps with vmware products.

    Well. It isn`t a feature, but more info and videos about vmware for beginners, to step first steps with vmware

  24. @harezzebra
    I want to use time limited vm usage feature in vmware wkstn 10

  25. @lukeaw

    I’d love a Workstation 10 licence. I currently just use a standalone ESXi server for personal projects, but it’d be great to run my own virtual lab and get my teeth into the much bigger picture with vCenter. I personally can’t afford “datacentre dollars” for production-grade server hardware, but Workstation would make it possible for me to break into the industry and get certified with relative ease!

    As for the new features, I have recently gotten into mobile app development so I’m very interested in WS 10’s ability to simulate tablet hardware.

  26. @ttlequals0 this licences will allow me to continue to experiment with virtulization. currently i have a couple esxi boxes and use virtual box but would love to stay in the VMware ecosystem.

  27. Workstation will allow me to manage some of my 5.5 hosts that I inherited from another admin. We are using the free license on them and they are in a remote office so I can put them together and access them all from one console. Make my daily grind a little less friction filled.
    One feature I would like to see is an integration with vcenter. Be it the appliance or what being able to manage all my hosts and Vcenter instances from the console would be great.
    Thanks @harroldbzach

  28. VMWare Workstation is the best for running and test different configurations of Servers, Enterprise Asset Applications and for training others on the use of software and programs. I have used earlier versions to train individuals and groups on Ibm Maximo both remotely and in a classroom setting. It allows for easy transport using a laptop to carry the systems with you without having to have a hard server setup. Dependable and easy to have as a training aid. On tweeter @tbonpc. Thanks for this giveaway. Sure ready to get this latest.

  29. @cversion7 here.

    I currently use a Mac and run Parallels, but I have been interested in VMWare for a long time. I am curious how it would run in comparison to the VM I use daily. Plus, I just saw an announcement today about VMWare Fusion Pro and the ability to roll out restricted VMs for BYOC at corporations. This is a great feature that the competition doesn’t have an answer to.

    I would love to try out VMWare on my machine. I appreciate the giveaway and will add your blog to my newsreader.

  30. @carlos_perez the workstation 10 would alow me to control my 2 VMware ESXi servers plus allow me when traveling to work on PowerShell modules by having all 4 major versions on different VMs

    My favorite feature is control of ESXi hosts, nested Hypervisor support and that I can script it

  31. @graafe
    A Workstation license would allow me to run a full Puppet Enterprise environment for testing on my laptop

  32. This license key would allow me to upgrade the VMware Workstation 9 version that I have now on my laptop. I currently use my VMware Workstation to install and test software. I also use it to study for VCAP exams.

    One of the features that I love is being able to connect and manager ESXi hosts.

    New feature I would love to have is the ability to import virtualbox vm’s.


  33. Thanx for the very kind offer William!!!!

    I travel alot, so being able to work on my many IPv6 related projects while flying would make life very grand. I could configure a various robust/diverse lab system by configuring multiple brands of routers, firewalls, and clients OS’s, in multiple virtual networks. It is a great way to learn when having physical equipment is not always possible. Would also allow to demonstrate same in presentations, again when physical gear isn’t possible to travel with.

    This new VMWS10 would allow me to upgrade from my Ver8, convert some of my VirtualBox VMs to VMWS, and I can access my ESXi servers – all very awesome capabilities!!!!

    Next up – “cloud” lab πŸ™‚

    Thanx again, have a great week!!!

  34. Hi William,

    @VFrontDe here. I’d love to use VMware Workstation to run a mobile nested vSphere lab.

    A cool new feature would be the ability to passthrough PCI devices to VMs or share a GPU with VMs (like in ESXi). I got my hands on a nVidia Quadro 4000 and would love to try out vSVGA and vDGA with View …


  35. @ikiris

    I would use a workstation 10 license to
    1) study for the vcap-dca exam that I must take by end of May (voucher expired”s) via nested esxi
    2) setup a linux kickstart server to build out parts of the nested environment
    3) deploy net new esxi infrastructure at a new DC (why install from isos/media when you can kickstart and walk away ?)

  36. Hi, first thanks for all of us.

    My Twitter handle is @Martjas

    1) I would be able to compare it to Fusion, built my lab on Windows laptop
    2) I would have more choices in network settings – so that is great feature for me, because right now I am using Uber network Fuser which is good, but better would be integrated into Fusion, maybe in future version, I hope

    And I hope that next time you will be giving vSphere licences πŸ™‚ , that would be really great for us who still needs to rebuilt our labs again and again.

  37. 1. twitter following for about 1 year
    2. First of all, playing new version of AutoLab + VSAN (what can be nicer?)
    3. The new version has support for the latest operating systems. We have many customers coming with latest OS versions. To keep our software updated we need a lab to play with all OSes. Also, we would like to move slowly into Cloud and a lab build with VMware Workstation 10 will be great at this point.
    4. @peposimo
    5. I’m not employee… unfortunately =(

  38. 1.The license will help me setup virtual environments that will help me test new operating systems and applications on a sandbox. Also for my work to test things in my lab before doing them on a production environment of a third.
    2.What new feature would you like to see for existing VMware Workstation customers: AIX Virtualization
    Twitter; @robertosolanom

  39. i am studying for Network+ and Microsoft Windows 8 having Vmware workstation will let me not only create vlans and win8 machines but I can also learn vmware with Esxi nested in Vmware workstation πŸ™‚ Happy days

    Im looking forward to most playing with esxi in workstation with mini network would be very cool to carry full network round on my HP Envy 17 haswell πŸ™‚


  40. Hi,

    First of all thank you for the opportunity of win a VMware Workstation license.

    I would like to have a VMware workstation 10 license in order to build a nested lab at home. I’m planning on getting VCP-DCV certification and also some MS certification this year. It would be great to build a home lab with the new OS compatibility to try lots of configurations.

    Thanks again an good luck to everyone


  41. Awesome giveaway! So many uses for VMware Workstation – Managing non-vCenter ESXi environments, testing out vSAN, and full-screen VMs! What’s not to like?


  42. Since I need to recertify within the next year (current VCP5 cert if over two years old), it would be awesome to have a tool to run a test lab on my workstation.

    It would be a nice feature to be able to ‘sync’ the VM’s when I am at work with our production farm/cluster to use the processors from the servers during daytime, and take the testlab-VM’s home in the evening.

    I am following you on twitter with @nlrokoe

  43. Hi William,

    A Workstation 10 license key would enable me to set up a virtual home lab for vSphere 5.5. I am certified VCP4 but the recent change in the rules regarding recertification mean that I need to qualify VCP5 in the near future. Time is too short during office hours so I need a license for home use.

    The most exciting feature for new users has to be the ability to snapshot and revert VMs. This is vital for testing configuration changes or for building from a known baseline.

    Keep up with the good work on the blog. I am looking forward to trying VSAN.



  44. My Twitter handle is @ITSteveYoung.

    I’m a Systems Engineer currently, and part of what I’m lacking in version 9 of Workstation is the ability to use Windows 8.1 VMs. I love to experiment with the latest OS’es to learn, deploy, troubleshoot, etc., and for my career, it’s required. Version 10 would help greatly. I’m also very interested in the “Cloud from Your PC” idea, as that is the avenue of the future, and being current is an advantage.

  45. (Twitter @lgeeklee) My Workstation 8 license is a bit long in the tooth now (from VCP5) and it does a lot for my home lab, but a Workstation 10 license would help me run 2012/2012 R2 VMs with VMware tools! and help with managing a couple of ESXi lab hosts when required. The nested hypervisor support is great – so useful creating and tearing down home lab setups.

  46. Twitter @gocallag, I currently use player to build and teardown different cloud and hypervisor configs so that I can try to stay on top of the rapidly changing technology. My lab is a complete sw defined datacenter in a box, albeit a very small datacenter πŸ˜‰ Workstation adds more capability to my tiny test world,

  47. Hi William,
    @svisnjic following you on twitter for about 1 year.
    Would love stop using VirtualBox on my home lab and playing new version of AutoLab + VSAN.
    Also, I would like to develop a proof of concept of VCloud and SRM in a Box.
    I really need Workstation 10!
    Thanks VMware!

  48. @ikiris
    Forgot one more thing, I really want to try Workstation 10”s multi-monitor support. I have a multi-monitor setup at home and at work and would love to full screen a windows or linux vm across two screens

  49. I would love to get my hands on Workstation 10 as it will allow me to build labs for VCAP studies and allow the flexibility of having multiple labs (DCV, Cloud etc) with updated OS capabilities. It will also make my manager happy as it will stop me from using my organisations’ VMware environment to test new solutions πŸ™‚

    The features I look forward to the most is the increase of resources (e.g. 64GB RAM), the ability to have up to 20 networks and the up-to-date guest OS support.

    My twitter handle is @billyboskovski

  50. Being able to model environments and also just create a throw away images to test in minutes is a god send. As a long time workstation 7 licence holder, I have just about hit the limit with OS support now requiring the newer releases. I cant wait to try the management and deployment features with ESXi. twitter @caffeinedriven

  51. 1. Following.

    2. Having Workstation 10 would allow me to continue development on a vMotion detector app ( I originally wrote for Nagios and Oracle OEM. And since Workstation 10 can interface with ESXi hosts, I can extend my development and testing needs against my ESXi 5 cluster and expand into active testing for other monitoring tools as well.

    3. Having the capability to control / support older ESX/ESXi platforms via Workstation 10 is one of the things I really want to test as the company I work for has a mix of ESX 4.1 and ESXi 5.1 and 5.5 hosts. And since the company I work for and my personal environment has a mix of Windows and Linux platforms, I want to test to see how the two Workstation platform application differs, if anything, in the way of features when run on these two OS environments.

    4. @Swampcritters

    5. Nope. VMware even tried to recruit me as a TAM (I didn’t have enough vCloud experience, oh well.).

  52. I am a contractor/consultant and frequently find myself creating virtual machines under VMware Player and KVM, but have always found Workstation to be a more useful platform for quick development work, when available. I would like to enhance my home development platform using VMware Workstation, both running virtual machines directly as well as managing the free ESXi platforms I bring up from time to time. I would especially like to explore API control of virtual machines under Workstation for auto-provisioning, much like the scripts and APIs shown in virtuallyGhetto with its larger brother ESXi. For new users, I believe the ability to use Workstation to manage ESXi platforms a key feature for adoption of Workstation into both existing and new ESXi and vSphere implementations (such as in labs).

    Thank you,


  53. Hey William, big fan, and I’ve been reading and following your site for a while – thanks for all the awesome info and tips, I’ve used a lot of your ESXi related posts and info when running my servers (especially the image profile article, which I use now anytime I update –!
    I’ve been running a few ESXi free servers for a while, and I do a lot of testing and development work, so I currently have an old box set up with ESXi locally for testing, but getting a Workstation license would make things so much easier for me, and allow me to run everything in VMs on my local PC.
    I’ve been very happy with the VMWare offerings in general, and I especially love ESXi, but I need to see them release a way to manage version 10 VMs from the free vSphere client. Until then, having a Workstation license would really come in handy, and let me manage my ESXi free servers much easier, without the vSphere client limitations.
    Otherwise, every new release brings cool new features, many of which I didn’t necessarily think of before, but I often end up using and appreciating a lot once I have them.
    Thanks William, and thanks VMWare!
    IsaacL – @tecedia on Twitter

  54. Hi William

    First of all, thanks for the offering, it is nice to see Workstation guys want to keep up with Fusion team! πŸ™‚

    I use Xubuntu as my desktop choice at home and work computers. However i have a Windows VM for 3 tasks:
    – Spotify client (better have a windows client crash than using the webplayer and let it crash all the tabs in that browser)
    – vSphere C# Client (Legacy Netapp plugins, quicker for me when carrying the laptop while being on call)
    – Better RDP experience when connecting to remote vCenter servers

    I’ve used my VCP workstation 7 license quite a lot but I eventually became fed up with all the vmnet module patching that newer kernels needed.. I’ve seen that Workstation 10 no longer needs module voodoo, so i would really be happy to upgrade to version 10.

    Over the years i’ve had some wishes for workstation:

    – I don’t know if this has evolved with versions and is already present, but I think there should be a way to know what resources are being used by each virtual machine, Even more, being able to see the TPS savings would also be a nice plus.

    – Regarding vSphere integration, as far as I was able to test, workstation was not able to show individual hosts. I don’t think it would be that difficult to provide information on the hosts: CPU usage / RAM usage / Alarms / Datastore Usage. Even a way to monitor events such as ongoing HA or similar would be nice. Only monitoring, i don’t mean to convert workstation in the new Non web based vsphere client.

    – I would personally love to do restore tests in my workstation from VDP instead of adding extra load to the ESXi servers.

    – Ability to dedupe VMDK files. Most Workstation users don’t have underlying storage supporting this feature, and most OSs won’t be installed with a deduplication aware filesystem. It can be time consuming, but a really good space saver for people working with quite a lot of different virtual machines. Consolidation has always been there, but doesn’t take into account duplicate data, just sparse blocks, right?

    Best regards

  55. So I’m getting ready to build a really, really beefy new home box and want to take advantage of the higher cpu/network/ssd hardware features. I got a lot of mileage out of using Fusion+Workstation to build relatively complex home networks (including all the lab stuff I wrote about in our book –, so it would be nice to keep it up to date. And I don’t follow people for giveaways, but I’ve been following for ages because your content is fantastic. πŸ™‚

    – @mattwallace

  56. William,
    My twitter account is @MaureenCioe. I have been using PowerCLI to automate many of our admin tasks and now I want to tackle our VM deployment. Sadly, my lab is overwhelmed and setting up a Workstation environment would definitely help all the way around.

  57. Hey there William

    Thanks for this opportunity and keeping up a great twitter account.

    I really want to get stuck into learning vsan, so would use my workstation license primarily for that task.

    I think a cool feature would be to have the ability to build set of machines at the same time, maybe from a pre defined list of configs / scenarios.

    Also maybe include a prebuilt list little virtual appliances for various tasks, NFS, routing etc

    I like the idea of a creating a shopping list of items and having workstation automate most of the Build and config work


    Gary @digitalgaz

  58. 1) Done a year+ ago
    2) Would like to test new vsphere/vsan releases, an exchange dev instance, and get rid of VirtualBox
    3) virtual esxi/vsan, caching-option….ie carve out some existing ram for read-caching or an SSD for some basic auto-tiering;)
    4) @patrickgoggins
    5) Nope, have thought about it…but nope

  59. 1. Already do πŸ™‚
    2. The VMware workstation licence would enable me to make a nested ESXI lab for my VCP studies, also to learn and discover other OS’s and applications
    3. Built in options such as a virtual SSD without manual tweaks
    4. @Madman045
    5. Who knows, maybe one day in the future

  60. 1. sure already do so

    2. It would enable me to manage the ESXi hypervisors without the regular vSphere client or vSphere Web-client 

    3. Besides editing ESXi hypervisors I love to learn more features from VMware workstation 10
4. @head_min
5. not affiliated so far

  61. @SSEngineer on Twitter

    This license key would make it so much easier to build and use testlabs when studying for certifications.

    The new feature that I am most excited about is the improved multi-monitor support.

  62. @37ndi

    I would use Workstation 10 to explore the new features of vSphere 5.5 and perform upgrades from vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5.

    Thank you!

  63. William,

    I’m followibg from @robdurkin, I’d use a workstation license at home (already using at work of course) to test system setup and deployment. I took a new job recently, and we are doing desktop and server refreshes…lots of trial and error. I love the new feature where I can run multiple VMs full screen and use the KVM key to switch between them. Thanks for running this contest!

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