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Accessing VMware licensing for BCIT

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VMware Inc. is a software company that provides virtual desktop software delivery. Their VMware Workstation Pro product can allow virtual installs of Windows, Windows Server, and Linux distributions on a Windows device.


About VMware licensing and BCIT

The process for VMware licensing has changed significantly for BCIT in April 2022.

Products are now licensed directly from VMware instead of through resellers and this has changed the products available and the mechanisms for provisioning.

Important – VMware Fusion on Mac Silicon (M1/M2/M3 chips)

Windows used to run well natively and was well supported on Macs with Intel-based chipsets (2007-2018).

Since Apple created their own CPU in Nov 202 with the M1 chip they have put strong support behind it and conversely have deliberately discontinued their strong support for Intel-based processors. VMware Fusion was severely restricted and went overnight from fully supported to not being supported at all on a M1 Mac in early 2021.

At time of writing, VMWare on a Mac runs using the ARM processor and only on an M1 or M2 processor. It is highly recommended that you review your program’s recommended device specifications and bring the appropriate device to your studies.

Available products

Specific versions are not listed as these are subject to change with VMware release cycles. Only the products listed in the VMAP portal are available through this program.

  • VMware Fusion Player
  • VMware Fusion Pro
  • VMware Workstation Player
  • VMware Workstation Pro
  • VMware NSX-T
  • VMware Tanzu Basics
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware vSAN
  • VMware vRealize
  • VMware vSphere

NOTE: Be aware that VMware Academic Program (VMAP) product availability typically lags behind commercial releases by at least two to three (2-3) months. BCIT cannot control VMware’s release schedule to their VMAP channels.

Example: Mac OSX released a new version. Fusion 11 did not work with the new OSX. Fusion 12 was released, but was not available in BCIT’s VMAP portal for approximately 2 months.

How to get a VMware license for labs or a personal subscription

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