I was very skeptical about VMWare a year ago.
I work for a fast changing support organisation which requires lots of
flexibility to adapt to new ways of work.
My phone has been changed from internal exchange to Avaya IP Agent. The
corporate license is for Windows only. My old laptop was perfect for it.
Few months later the datacenter started migration to VPN. No problem for
my Linux workstation but... the Cisco VPN Client setup changes the IP
adressing scheme, causing all IP-enabled applications to disconnect.
Most analysts use a desktop to run applications and IP Agent and a
laptop for VPN. Fine for our office environment with 3 network points
for each desk. Not so easy during weekends and holidays coverage,
working from home. Wine does not run Avaya apps.
I decided to give VMWare Player a try. I was able to run a Windows
virtual machine for Avaya IP Agent (bridged) and a Linux virtual machine
for VPN through NAT. The laptop was no longer required and work from
home was smooth again.
There is no definitive answer for any VMWare suitability. The bottom
line is your specific requirement.
I am available to share more details and my own experience.
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