VMware Workstation Gets Hyper-V Support

Virtualization Review | August 29, 2019

VMware is adding support for Microsoft's Hyper-V to its Workstation product, allowing it to tap other Microsoft technologies that depend on the Windows hypervisor. The news comes from a Monday VMworld session. According to a separate Tuesday announcement by Ben Armstrong, a principal program manager lead on the core virtualization team at Microsoft, various Microsoft security products for Windows 10 -- including "Credential Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard, and Virtualization Based Security" -- as well as Windows Server Containers and Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, all use Hyper-V technology. However, Hyper-V and the VMware Workstation product haven't been playing well together.

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