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What are Virtual Machine Workstations and how do they work?

What are Virtual Machine Workstations and how do they work?

I heard from our sister company that they are using Windows Virtual Machine workstation. I didn't have a chance to ask them what this means. But I am not sure how this works. Is this scenario possible.

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"The reason for having virtual Windows on top of a Windows installation is typically for development, legacy applications, testing and evaluation - amongst other things.

What you are referring to sounds to me like a ""VDI"" which means Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. It is typically where users have a ""Dumb terminal"" or a very light specification machine and simply remote in to another machine.

Years ago this was done with mainframes, but computers seem to have gone full circle and companies are increasingly buying very high specification servers then virtualising them and offering ""Virtual Desktops"" where these terminals just remote in to.

The advantages to this is a very low administration cost (Excluding high licensing costs!) as everything is centralised and very easy to manage."