Where in the world is VMware Server?

Over at PlanetVM Wil van Antwerpen posted The Future of VMware Server back in May 2010. Wil makes the argument that it seems like VMware is indeed abandoning VMware Server as a product, leaving us with VMware Workstation and VMware Player as the two Windows installable virtualization solutions from the company.

This has caused some reactions, including my own comment, where I question the smartness of abandoning what might just be one of the best virtualization “gateway drugs” VMware has to offer.

In my opinion, abandoning VMware Server would be a bad move, but re-reading the documentation from VMware and thinking more about the consequences this might have made me realize something;

What if VMware is working on a replacement product or management solution?

I seriously doubt VMware would want to abandon the use case that VMware Server has, even if they do indeed abandon the VMware Server product itself. I don’t have any inside knowledge about this, but lets say that VMware is working on a management framework for VMware Player?

Something that you can install, in addition to VMware Player, that lets you set auto-start parameters for VMs, let them run headless and remotely manage them? Wouldn’t that pretty much allow us to do the same with VMware Player, that we today use VMware Server for?

The more I think about it, the more it makes sense.


  1. C’mon, what about Fakeraid, domain controller, shared disk space and firewalling u get with Ubuntu and Samba as a host for vm machines for a tiny office ?

    It’s a very bad move from vmWare that will frustrate many users, but they are too big to care.Hopefully a competitor will use that open door and hurt them in 5 years….

  2. I’m not sure I see where Ubuntu and Samba comes into the equation here, but as I mentioned in my original post I dont think VMware is abandoning the use case for VMware Server, just the VMware Server product itself.

    Perhaps something fun will be announced at VMworld?

  3. Just pinging this post from the two years future to answer question :)

    What if VMware is work­ing on a replace­ment prod­uct or man­age­ment solution?

    No, they didn’t and don’t.

    VmWare Server is dead and VmWare doesn’t care, because it was free and was stealing money that they now can make on users forced using ESXi’s.
    You just have to hate those freakin’ money companies :/

  4. @TBS: Well, ESXi is now free, right? So, the replacement is ESXi in reality. If you need to run it on Windows or Linux, there is the (non-free) Workstation product that now offers most of the features VMware Server had.

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