The HDP Sandbox is a standalone ‘sandbox’ for the Hortonworks Data Platform. It is built on HDP 2.0 – which is widely used in Production environments.
If you want to build a cluster from scratch (I wouldn’t advise it currently) then you would need to find servers (not desktops) running Windows 2012 64 bit.
This is why I suggested the Sandbox – it will give you an idea of how to run jobs, you can work through the tutorials etc.
VMWare Player is a Virtualization software which allows you to run Virtual Machines. Our Sandbox is a VM which you can then download and import it into this, which allows you to run it.
You can find it here: