Desktop Virtualization


Using VMware's Free Desktop Hypervisor, Workstation Pro

Tom tests the desktop hypervisor recently made free for personal use to students, hobbyists and casual users who want to run multiple OSes on a single computer.

Downloading and Installing VMware's Free Desktop Hypervisor

Tom steps through the process of downloading, installing and licensing Workstation Pro 17 on his personal laptop.

VMware Announces Two Free Desktop Hypervisors

Tom Fenton explains how this is huge news for the tens of thousands of students, hobbyists and casual users who would like to run multiple instances of OSes on a single computer.

Running a Free Thin-Client OS on a Sub-$100 Mini-PC

Tom's mini-PC can surf/stream, comes up short with office apps and doesn't do Windows 11, but is perfectly capable of running a thin-client OS in a VDI setup.

Performance of VMware Workstation 17 VMs on a SimplyNUC Mini-PC

In his final series article, Tom puts the nifty little device through all its VDI paces -- and likes what he sees.

Installing and Running VMware Workstation 17 on a Mini-PC

In part 3 of his series on the SimplyNUC Moonstone mini-PC, Tom installs VMware Workstation on the device and runs and benchmarks the performance of a small and large Windows 10 VM.

Baseline Performance Testing the SimplyNUC Moonstone Mini-PC

In part 2 of his series, Tom benchmarks the device to have a baseline to compare the virtual machines he will run on it after installing VMware Workstation.

Running VMware Workstation on a Monster Mini-PC

Tom gets his hands on SimplyNUC's most powerful AMD-powered mini-PC, the Moonstone, sticks Workstation on it and declares: "This thing is a beast in a very small package."

TerraMaster F2-212 Personal Cloud NAS, Part 4: Performance Testing

Tom does parallel testing of iSCSI and NFS, along with testing NFS SSD VMs, iSCSI SSD VMs, multimedia performance and more.

Blue Circuit Board Graphic

TerraMaster F2-212: A Low-Cost Home and Lab Personal Cloud Solution

Tom checks its suitability for the mass storage and protection of his home and lab files and data.

Running ESXi on an ACEMAGIC AD15 Mini PC

After previous benchmarking tests, Tom attempts to install and run a bare-metal hypervisor on the low-priced, small form-factor PC.

Running VMware Workstation on a Low-Cost Mini PC

Tom installs Workstation on an ACEMAGIC AD15 Mini PC to benchmark its performance running a small and large Windows 10 VM.

NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Mini PC: More than a 'SHOWPONY'

With an i7-1360P processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 NVMe device for storage, it should handle the most demanding home and office workloads.

Take Five with Tom Fenton: My VMware Horizon Session Picks for Explore 2023

Sessions are divided into five tracks: Vision & Innovation, Cloud & Edge Infrastructure, Modern Applications & Cloud Management, Networking & Security and Hybrid Workforce.

Hands-On with a Windows IoT Device

Tom Fenton finds that Windows IoT Enterprise works fine as a base OS to run a thin client used to connect to a VDI desktop and a local desktop using RDP.

Subscribe on YouTube