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VMware 101

VMware® Workstation, the powerful virtual machine software that runs multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC Using VMware Workstation, you can run multiple operating systems - including Microsoft® Windows®, Linux, and Novell® NetWare® - simultaneously on a single PC in fully networked, portable virtual machines.

Starting a Virtual Machine on a Windows Host
1. Start VMware Workstation by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop or launch the program from the Start menu (Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Workstation). The VMware Workstation window opens. 2. Select the name of the virtual machine you want to use in the Favorites list at the left of the Workstation window. If the virtual machine you want to use is not shown there, choose File > Open and browse to the configuration (.vmx) file for the virtual machine you want to use. To add that virtual machine to the Favorites list so you can open it easily the next time you want to use it, choose VM > Add to Favorites. 3. Click the Power On button to start the virtual machine. 4. If VMware Tools is not running in the virtual machine, click anywhere inside the virtual machine window to give the virtual machine control of your mouse and keyboard. 5. If you need to log on, type your name and password just as you would on a physical computer. 6. If you need to regain control of your mouse and keyboard on the Host, press the Ctrl-Alt buttons.

Select Shut Down from the Start menu of the guest operating system (inside the virtual machine). . you need to shut down your guest operating system before you power off your virtual machine. You can also use a keyboard shortcut . Shutting Down a Virtual Machine As with physical computers.so you no longer see the borders of the VMware Workstation window . take these steps. Follow the usual steps to shut down the guest operating system inside your virtual machine. Click Power Off. File > Exit If you are using a different guest operating system.press the Ctrl-AltEnter keys at the same time.Using Full Screen Mode Virtual machines run faster in full screen mode. 2. If you want your VMware Workstation virtual machine's display to fill the screen . 4. 1.to show your virtual machine inside a VMware Workstation window again . you can turn off the virtual machine. After the guest operating system shuts down. Now it is safe to exit VMware Workstation. Select Shut Down. the procedure is similar. In a Windows guest operating system. 3. then turn off the virtual machine with the Power Off button and exit VMware Workstation.press the Ctrl-Alt key combination. then click OK. To get out of full screen mode .click the Full Screen button on the toolbar.

Autofit is toggled on or off each time you click it. If Autofit is off. scroll bars appear so you can move to the part of the virtual machine's display that you want to see. you can adjust the window to a size of your choice. the window adjusts automatically to fit the virtual machine's display. When it is off. . you can choose View > Fit to adjust the VMware Workstation window so it fits the virtual machine's display. If you make the window smaller than the virtual machine's display.Fitting the VMware Workstation Window to the Virtual Machine The View menu gives you two ways to adjust the size of the VMware Workstation window so it exactly fits the virtual machine's display. When Autofit is on.