I was wondering if there was another free piece of software that would be able to load VMware images as well as offer the same or similar feature called shared VMS present in VMware workstation in which one computer can host multiple VMWare images provided it has the hardware to support while clients may connect to this host and interface with the VMS which would work best over lan for obvious reasons. Think of it as a remote desktop session or vnc.
If you're curious of the reason why I need freeware that'll do this is because of a national competition called CyberPatriot where you're essentially given VMware images that needs to be security-hardened as much as possible in a timely manner. They highly recommend the use of VMWare player on separate computers. However, the problem comes in when we load them onto school laptops that have absolutely crap hardware and they lag all over the place when we try to do stuff on the VM. I am able to bring 1 beast machine (with vmware workstation) capable of hosting at least 3 VMS simultaneously and ha e people able to connect to it over a high-performance LAN with low internet bandwidth. However, the rules specify that the software used in CyberPatriot must be FREEWARE taking VMware workstation out of the picture.
It all boils down to this software features that I need
- Able to load VMWare images
- Able to host multiple images simultaneously on a server and have clients connect to it to be able to remote desktop it basically.
"Is it possible for you to get an exemption specifically for that kind of situation? Or actually depending on the exact rules, for something like that a lot of software companies might be willing to offer you a personal/organization licence that might qualify with the rules" - Nick Wilde
In reply: No, it's not possible. The rules specifically state that ANY software used in the competition must be FREEWARE so I need to find an alternative. I am also fairly certain that an exception cannot be made here. If we need a license to use the software, it is not freeware.