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Number of virtual machines that can be run simultaneously in VMware Workstation (80)
This article provides information on how many virtual machines can be run simultaneously on a specific host machine.
- Each virtual machine requires some overhead memory to manage it, which means each uses a total of up to about 1.3 times the amount of memory (RAM) given in the virtual machine settings.
- Total virtual machine memory restrictions, for different versions of VMware Workstation:
- 4.5.1 and earlier: a maximum of 1GB total available for all running virtual machines.
- 4.52 - 5.5: a maximum of 4GB total available for all running virtual machines.
- 6.x and later: No maximum limit for the total available for all virtual machines.
CPUThe number and speed of host machine CPUs determine the performance of multiple virtual machines.
Hard drive speedThe faster the drive on the host system, the better a virtual machine performs.
Host Operating System
At this time, a Linux host operating system seems to require less memory to run, and it seems to handle task switching better than Windows.
However, Windows host machines handle video redraw with better speed than Linux.
For more information, see the Using VMware Workstation guide.
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