In the General section, you will be able to :
In the Power section, you will find these options :
You can also define the default action of the various power buttons (Stop, pause, ...).
With VMware Tools, you can easily share folders between the host PC and the virtual machine.
For this, in the "Shared Folders" section, you will just need to activate the file sharing and add the different folders to share with this virtual machine.
When you use virtual machines, you also get the ability to create snapshots that allow you to restore the state of a virtual machine in a few clicks.
But, you can also automatically restore the state of it when you power off it or automatically take a snapshot of it at each power off.
For this, in the section Snapshots, you will find these options :
The AutoProtect feature allows you to automatically create snapshots periodically (every half hour, hour, or day) while retaining only the last x snapshots.
This is very convenient for development (or programming) to return to a previous version of your program or your website in case of a strange bug or accidental deletion of a piece of code for example.
By default, to make your life easier and improve the user experience, VMware Workstation allows you to drag and drop or copy/paste files or text from your host PC to the virtual machine and vice versa.
However, if you are testing not recommended or harmful programs in a virtual machine, it's best to disable these options to prevent the host operating system from being compromised by the virtual machine.
Indeed, this is a backdoor that could be used by a very clever virus.
Small novelty : from Windows 8 (host and guest), its possible to share the orientation, motion and ambient light sensors of the host tablet to the guest OS.
In the Access Control section, you will be able to :
Warning : as indicated on the "VMware Workstation 16 Pro Release Notes" page of the VMware site, the restrictions that you could set on virtual machines are no longer available since version 16 of VMware Workstation.
With the installation of VMware Tools in the guest operating system, you will be able to :
As you can see, VMware virtual machines can also be remotely controlled through a classic VNC client.
Although this requires some extra manipulations if you speak a language other than English.
Otherwise, the keyboard used by VMware will probably not be the right one.
For more informations about this feature, refer to our tutorial : VMware Workstation - Remotely access to a VMware Workstation virtual machine over VNC
Unity is a very nice feature that allows you to use applications installed in the guest OS as if it were an application installed on the host PC.
This is very useful if you want to use 2 programs simultaneously and one of them only works on another operating system than the one installed on the host PC.
With this feature, you will feel that these two programs work on your host PC, even if one of the two is obviously virtualized.
The Appliance View option is only useful when you are (legally) distributing a virtual machine over the Internet, so you want to add your name as author and a version (if needed).
For the "Access port inside virtual machine" option, it simply serves to add a "View appliance management page" link on the summary of the virtual machine that will redirect to a management's page of the virtual machine (if a web server is installed into it and that it's accessible from any machine on the network).
In our case, we have this as Appliance Details :
And we checked the "Access port inside virtual machine: 80" box.
In this virtual machine, we installed a simple web server with Apache, PHP and MySQL.
Note that port 80 (HTTP) is allowed in the firewall of this virtual machine.
Then, start the virtual machine and here is what it gives.
When you install Windows as a guest operating system and your account is not password protected, by default, Windows automatically enters this session.
However, if you have protected it with a password, then you will have to retype it each time you launch this virtual machine.
To avoid this, VMware provide the Autologin feature that allows you to log in automatically with a password-protected account (in the guest OS) without having to type it each time you start it.
Note, however, that you can only log in with a local account.
So, you will not be able to use this feature to log on in a virtual machine with an Active Directory account.
Important : VMware Tools must of course be installed in the guest OS so that you can use this feature.
Finally, in the advanced settings of your virtual machine, you will find several settings for the experts.
To begin, you will be able to manage the process priorities :
Depending on this state, you will be able to ensure that the VM processes are prioritized over host machine processes or vice versa. In general, you will never change these settings.
For the Settings part, you will find these options :
For the type of firmware, it depends on the guest OS and its change is strongly discouraged once the guest OS is installed.
Indeed, the installation of Windows is different depending on whether the EFI firmware was used or not.
Nevertheless, here is what these options mean :
Finally, you will find the locations of the configuration and log file of the virtual machine.
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