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  • Using VMware Workstation Player forWindowsWorkstation 12 Player

    This document supports the version of each product listed andsupports all subsequent versions until the document isreplaced by a new edition. To check for more recent editionsof this document, see http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs.

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    You can find the most up-to-date technical documentation on the VMware Web site at:

    http://www.vmware.com/support/The VMware Web site also provides the latest product updates.

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  • Contents

    Using VMware Workstation Player for Windows 7 1 Introduction and System Requirements 9

    Host System Requirements for Workstation Player 9Virtual Machine Features and Specifications 12

    2 Installing and Using Workstation Player 15Install Workstation Player on a Windows Host 15Start Workstation Player 18Use the Workstation Player Window 18Transferring Files and Text 19Download a Virtual Appliance in Workstation Player 21Remove a Virtual Machine from the Library in Workstation Player 21Email Address Collection in Workstation Player 21Uninstall Workstation Player 21

    3 Changing Workstation Player Preference Settings 23Configuring Close Behavior Preference Settings 23Configuring Virtual Printers on Windows Hosts 24Configuring Software Updates Settings 24Sending System Data and Usage Statistics to VMware 25

    4 Creating Virtual Machines in Workstation Player 29Understanding Virtual Machines 29Preparing to Create a Virtual Machine 29Create a Virtual Machine 33Use Easy Install to Install a Guest Operating System 34Install a Guest Operating System Manually 35Importing Virtual Machines 36

    5 Installing and Upgrading VMware Tools 39Installing VMware Tools 39Upgrading VMware Tools 40Configure Software Update Preferences 41Configure VMware Tools Updates for a Specific Virtual Machine 42Manually Installing and Upgrading VMware Tools 42Start the VMware User Process Manually If You Do Not Use a Session Manager 48Uninstalling VMware Tools 48

    6 Starting and Stopping Virtual Machines in Workstation Player 51Start a Virtual Machine in Workstation Player 51

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  • Start an Encrypted Virtual Machine in Workstation Player 52Download a Virtual Appliance in Workstation Player 52Power Off a Virtual Machine in Workstation Player 52Remove a Virtual Machine from the Library in Workstation Player 53Use Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Shut Down a Guest 53Suspend and Resume a Virtual Machine in Workstation Player 53Reset a Virtual Machine in Workstation Player 54Stream a Virtual Machine from a Web Server 54Enable Autologon in a Windows Virtual Machine 56Set Workstation Player Preferences for Virtual Machine Closing Behavior 56

    7 Changing the Virtual Machine Display 59Configure Display Settings for a Virtual Machine 59Use Full Screen Mode in Workstation Player 60Use Unity Mode 61Use Multiple Monitors for One Virtual Machine in Workstation Player 63

    8 Using Removable Devices and Printers in Virtual Machines 65Use a Removable Device in a Virtual Machine 65Connecting USB Devices to Virtual Machines 66Mount the USB File System on a Linux Host 69Add a Host Printer to a Virtual Machine 69Using Smart Cards in Virtual Machines 70

    9 Setting Up Shared Folders for a Virtual Machine 75Using Shared Folders 75Enable a Shared Folder for a Virtual Machine 77View Shared Folders in a Windows Guest 78Mounting Shared Folders in a Linux Guest 78Change Shared Folder Properties 79Change the Folders That a Virtual Machine Can Share 79Disable Folder Sharing for a Virtual Machine 80Mapping a Virtual Disk to the Host System 80

    10 Configuring and Managing Virtual Machines 83Change the Name of a Virtual Machine 83Change the Guest Operating System for a Virtual Machine 84Change the Working Directory for a Virtual Machine 84Change the Virtual Machine Directory for a Virtual Machine 85Change the Memory Allocation for a Virtual Machine 85Configuring Video and Sound 85Moving Virtual Machines 89Configure a Virtual Machine as a VNC Server 92Delete a Virtual Machine 95View the Message Log for a Virtual Machine 95Using the VIX API 95Install New Software in a Virtual Machine 96

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  • 11 Configuring and Managing Devices 97Configuring DVD, CD-ROM, and Floppy Drives 97Configuring a USB Controller 99Configuring and Maintaining Virtual Hard Disks 101Configuring Virtual Ports 107Configuring Generic SCSI Devices 112Configuring Eight-Way Virtual Symmetric Multiprocessing 115Configuring Keyboard Features 116Modify Hardware Settings for a Virtual Machine 124

    12 Configuring Network Connections 125Understanding Virtual Networking Components 125Understanding Common Networking Configurations 126Configuring Bridged Networking 127Configuring Network Address Translation 128Configuring Host-Only Networking 129Changing a Networking Configuration 130

    13 Configuring Virtual Machine Option Settings 133Configuring General Option Settings for a Virtual Machine 133Configuring Power Options for a Virtual Machine 135Configuring VMware Tools Options for a Virtual Machine 135Configuring Unity Mode for a Virtual Machine 136Configuring Autologon for a Virtual Machine 136

    14 Configuring Virtual Machine Hardware Settings 139Adding Hardware to a Virtual Machine 140Removing Hardware from a Virtual Machine 141Adjusting Virtual Machine Memory 141Configuring Virtual Machine Processor Settings 142Configuring and Maintaining Virtual Hard Disks 143Configuring CD-ROM and DVD Drive Settings 146Configuring Floppy Drive Settings 148Configuring Virtual Network Adapter Settings 148Configuring USB Controller Settings 151Configuring Sound Card Settings 152Configuring Parallel Port Settings 152Configuring Serial Port Settings 153Configuring Generic SCSI Device Settings 154Configuring Printer Settings 154Configuring Display Settings 154Installing a Guest Operating System on a Physical Disk or Unused Partition 155

    Index 157

    Contents

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  • Using VMware Workstation Player for Windows

    Using VMware Workstation Player for Windows describes how to use VMware Workstation Player to create,configure, and manage virtual machines on a Windows host.

    Intended AudienceThis information is intended for anyone who wants to install, upgrade, or use Workstation Player on aWindows host.

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  • Introduction and SystemRequirements 1

    Workstation Player is a desktop application that lets you create, configure, and run virtual machines. Youcan also use Workstation Player to download and run virtual appliances.Host computers that run Workstation Player must meet specific hardware and software requirements.Virtual machines that run in Workstation Player support specific devices and provide certain features.This chapter includes the following topics:n Host System Requirements for Workstation Player, on page 9n Virtual Machine Features and Specifications, on page 12

    Host System Requirements for Workstation PlayerThe physical computer on which you install Workstation Player is called the host system and its operatingsystem is called the host operating system. To run Workstation Player, the host system and the hostoperating system must meet specific hardware and software requirements.

    Processor Requirements for Host SystemsYou must install Workstation Player on a host system that meets certain processor requirements.

    Supported ProcessorsThe host system must have a 64-bit x86 CPU that meets the following requirements.n LAHF/SAHF support in long moden 1.3GHz or faster core speedMultiprocessor systems are supported.When you install Workstation Player, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has asupported processor. You cannot install Workstation Player if the host system does not meet the processorrequirements.

    Processor Requirements for 64-Bit Guest Operating SystemsThe operating system that runs inside a virtual machine is called the guest operating system. To run 64-bitguest operating systems, the host system must have one of the following processors.n An AMD CPU that has segment-limit support in long moden An Intel CPU that has VT-x support

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  • If you have an Intel CPU that has VT-x support, you must verify that VT-x support is enabled in the hostsystem BIOS. The BIOS settings that must be enabled for VT-x support vary depending on the systemvendor. See the VMware knowledge base article at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003944 for information abouthow to determine if VT-x support is enabled.When you install a 64-bit operating system, Workstation Player performs checks to make sure the hostsystem has a supported processor. You cannot install a 64-bit operating system if the host system does notmeet the processor requirements.

    Processor Requirements for Windows 7 Aero GraphicsTo support Windows 7 Aero graphics, the host system should have either an Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz or laterCPU or an AMD Athlon 4200+ or later CPU.

    Supported Host Operating SystemsYou can install Workstation Player on Windows and Linux host operating systems.To see a list of the supported host operating systems, search the online VMware Compatibility Guide on theVMware Web site.Workstation Player is not listed, but the information for Workstation Pro is applicable toWorkstation Player. Operating syst