As an alternative to using VMWare there is a cloud based option called Azure offered by Microsoft (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/?v=17.14).
Azure is a subscription service that allows you to host your Virtual Machines in the cloud as opposed to locally on your PC, which can alleviate resources constraints, and also allow you to access your VM’s anywhere. When you sign up you will get a free month and depending on how much you sign up for prices start at $13 a month.
VMWare is offered for free by the MIS Department and can be installed locally on your PC. As mentioned above VMware puts resource constraints on your PC as your PC will need to run an additional operating system on the PC.
Finally, if you choose to use the lab PCs in class you will need a 32GB flash drive in order to copy your VMs from the lab PC. Alternatively, your are welcome to use your own PC in class and run Vmware directly on the laptop. If you have a MAC you will need to install VMware on the MAC and then create a Windows Server virtual machine to work from.
You are welcome to use any method listed above.