VMware Workstation - No Experience Necessary

VMware Workstation - No Experience Necessary

Language: English

Pages: 136

ISBN: 1849689180

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Get started from scratch with Vmware Workstation using this essential guide. Taking you from installation on Windows or Linux through to advanced virtual machine features, you'll be setting up a test environment in no time.


  • Create virtual machines on Linux and Windows hosts
  • Create advanced test labs that help in getting back to any Virtual Machine state in an easy way
  • Share virtual machines with others, no matter which virtualization solution they’re using

In Detail

VMware Workstation runs on Linux as well as Windows hosts and handles different virtual machine formats, which allows you to share your work with users of other virtualization platforms, including VirtualBox, VMware Player, and VMware vSphere environments.

VMware Workstation: No Experience Necessary helps you in getting started with VMware Workstation. You’ll learn how to install VMware Workstation in any circumstance, and how to create virtual machines and keep different configurations for each virtual machine, which helps in setting up extensive test environments. You’ll also learn how to share these virtual machines with users of other virtualization products as well as the cloud.

In VMware Workstation: No Experience Necessary you’ll start learning about different virtualization solutions. In this introduction you’ll learn how VMware Workstation differs from other workstation virtualization platforms such as Oracle Virtual Box, and from data centre virtualization solutions such as VMware vSphere. Next, you’ll learn how to install VMware Workstation on either a Windows or a Linux host and how to create virtual machines on these host platforms.

After installing virtual machines, you’ll learn about advanced virtual machine features, including advanced networking and storage setups, which allow you to mirror a data centre setup as closely as possible. An important part of the setup of such an environment is working with snapshots and clones, which is discussed in detail. You’ll also learn how to use virtual machines that are created on other host computers.

The final part of the book teaches you how to share virtual machines with others. You’ll learn how to upload virtual machines to VMware vSphere, and how to share virtual machines with users of VMware Player.

What you will learn from this book

  • Install VMware Workstation on Windows or Linux
  • Create Virtual Machines
  • Configure networking in virtual environments
  • Set up a DMZ-test environment on one single machine
  • Access Virtual Machines running on other computers
  • Multiply virtual machines by using clones
  • Easily revert to a previous Virtual Machine state by using snapshot technology
  • Upload Virtual machines to the cloud and vSphere
  • Share virtual machines with VMware Player users


This book is a practical, step-by-step guide to creating and managing virtual machines using VMware Workstation.

Who this book is written for

VMware Workstation: No Experience Necessary is for developers as well as system administrators who want to efficiently set up a test environment .You should have basic networking knowledge, and prior experience with Virtual Machines and VMware Player would be beneficial.

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capacity. An important part of the configuration is whether or not you want to allocate all disk space now. By default, thin provisioning is used, which means that the disk space is only allocated at the moment when it is actually needed. Thin provisioning means that the available disk space on the host operating system is used as efficiently as possible but there is a performance penalty. If the available disk space on the host is not important, and performance is, you had better select the

Accessing Virtual Machines Remotely Setting up shared machines with the VMware Web Service Shared virtual machines and user accounts Creating a Windows user account Creating a Linux user account 71 72 72 72 72 Sharing a virtual machine 73 Accessing a shared virtual machine 74 Using VNC for remote virtual machine access 75 Enabling VNC access on a virtual machine 76 Connecting remotely to virtual machines using VNC 77 Using TeamViewer for remote access through a firewall 79

possible on the available hardware at the host computer, select Allow most virtual machine memory to be swapped; but be prepared for bad performance if you plan to run multiple virtual machines on your computer. On the Memory tab, you can specify how the host operating system will manage system memory for your virtual machines [ 16 ] Chapter 1 On the Priority tab, you need to specify that a virtual machine should get extra priority if it is active. By default, there is no additional priority

hardware features are unsupported. If, for instance, you select VMware Workstation 4.x, you'll notice that many hardware features are not available and also that the hardware you can use is rather limited with just 3.5 GB of RAM and one CPU. [ 21 ] Installing Virtual Machines After specifying the hardware compatibility, you can select the installation media you want to use. You can start the installation either from an ISO image file or from a physical disk. Both of these options will launch

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