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Does VMWare have an operating system?

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I know what virtual machines are I'm just curious if VMWare has created an operating system of their own that is I guess optimized for running virtual machines.  If they do what are they called?  Do they have multiple Operating systems?
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No, they don't; all they have are "hypervisors"...beit a baremetal (ESX/ESXi, that installs directly on hardware), or host-based (VMware Player, Workstation, Server) that installs on top of on OS like Windows. They have a small OS within their legacy ESX hypervisor...a "console OS" (COS), called the service console, based off Red Hat Linux. But, that's not anything usable per sè.

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They do have a "bundled virtual machine" (VM) you can download from their site as an "OVF" file to import in ESX/ESXi called a virtual appliance (VA). What it is is like a zip file of sorts. It has all files that make up a VM. The VM has a guest OS installed and apps specific to what the appliance was created for, installed within that guest OS.
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You can browse their "marketplace" for different appliances: http://www.vmware.com/appliances/, based off what you're wanting to do (networking, email, apps, etc.). Just click the categories and begin browsing around....
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yes, they call it the VMware Hypervisor!

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By OS I really didn't mean something you could use as an operating system by itself.  Just something that you could install in place of hardware that would let you install and manage virtual machines.   The hypervisor you mentioned seems like what I was looking for.  
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more recently the VMware Hypervisor has become more proprietary, because VMware have dropped the Red Hat Component from it in what we commonly call ESXi.

So it's there own code in the VMware Hypervisor (ESXi).
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Well, what you do is install the hypervisor directly on a physical host, like you would any other "OS". You manage the hypervisor by downloading/installing a managment tool called vSphere Client. You install/manage the hypervisor from your windows-based workstation. After you install the hypervisor on your host, you can use a web browser from your workstation to go to the IP of the host (e.g. http://IPofHost), which directs you to a site (on the host) to download the vSphere Client.
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A Hypervisor is a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) by definition, the term invented long before VMware existence!

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Thanks for the information

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