Free VMware Software

We are pleased to announce that as of today, students enrolled in CSCI courses will be able to obtain virtualization software from VMware to support your academic work, including:

  • VMware Workstation for Windows (more info)
  • VMware Fusion Pro for Mac (more info)
  • VMware Player for Windows (more info)
  • VMware vCloud, vSphere, and vCenter for servers (more info)

Links above go to the product description pages. Read more below for access to the download site.

Virtualization software allows your computer to run a second operating system alongside your current one, simultaneously. For example, a Mac user can boot a Windows instance and use both Mac and Windows applications at the same time. A Windows user could boot an Ubuntu Linux instance to get access to a command line and development software.

IT departments lean heavily on virtualization to save on hardware costs. Instead of buying one physical server per application, virtualization allows multiple operating systems and applications to run simultaneously on a single piece of hardware.

Developers, too, use virtualization to help test software. A Windows developer who needs to test their application on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and the upcoming Windows 10 can simply boot each of those operating systems on their Mac, PC, or Linux computer.

The Computer Science department has subscribed to the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) to bring you VMware's professional virtualization solutions at no cost to you. The program is operated by OnTheHub, the same organization that runs Microsoft DreamSpark. The link below will take you to the WebStore. If you have already registered for an account at DreamSpark, the same account will work for VMAP. Otherwise, to register for an account, use your MySierra username to verify eligibility.

Take me to the Web Store!
Sign in or register for an account to see the VMware software.