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Managing Virtual Machine Devices and Resources in VMware Workstation 11

Managing Virtual Machine Devices and Resources in VMware Workstation 11

Target Audience
Expected Duration
Lesson Objectives
Course Number
Expertise Level

Virtual machines created in VMware Workstation can be configured with a range of resources and virtual devices. In this course, you will learn about the files that make up your virtual machine and virtual machine hard disk. You will learn how to manage and maintain virtual disks, how to control access to them if necessary, as well as how to safely move files and folders to a new location. This course will also help you understand how to work with virtual devices and ports and how to attach some of the most common controllers and devices and make sure they are properly recognized by the guest operating system.

Target Audience
IT professionals, developers, and end users currently using or interested in using VMware Workstation for deployment and management of virtual machines


Expected Duration (hours)

Lesson Objectives

Managing Virtual Machine Devices and Resources in VMware Workstation 11

  • start the course
  • configure aspects of virtual hard disks including how to add, grow, and allocate disks
  • perform virtual hard disk maintenance tasks including compacting, expanding, defragmenting, and adding and removing virtual hard disks or VHDs
  • identify the characteristics of lock files and how they affect moving a virtual disk
  • use the Virtual Disk Manager (vmware-diskmanager) utility to manage files from the command line or by using scripts
  • encrypt a virtual machine to protect it from unauthorized use
  • restrict virtual machine configuration
  • clean up the drive space previously occupied by virtual machines on a Workstation host
  • configure a virtual machine's universal unique identifier or UUID, including options to always receive a new UUID, keep the current UUID, and override the current UUID
  • identify the features and uses of VMware Player
  • move a virtual machine to other locations, including different host systems
  • export a virtual machine to Open Virtual Machine Format or OVF
  • configure a virtual machine with a virtual CD-ROM drive
  • configure a virtual floppy drive for a virtual machine
  • configure a universal serial bus or USB controller for a virtual machines
  • connect Small Computer System Interface or SCSI devices to the host and configure Workstation to properly connect SCSI devices in a virtual machine
  • install the enhanced keyboard driver on a Workstation host and configure the virtual machine to use the enhanced keyboard
  • add a virtual parallel port for a virtual machine
  • add a virtual serial port for a virtual machine
  • configure the AutoProtect setting
  • configure Guest Isolation settings
  • configure VMware Tools in the VMware Workstation application
  • configure physical hard disks attached to the Workstation host for use by a virtual machine
  • connect physical universal serial bus or USB devices to virtual machines
  • connect printers for use by virtual machines
  • resize the virtual machine's hard disk, add a CD-ROM and map it to an ISO, and connect the virtual machine to a host-attached universal serial bus or USB printer
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    Expertise Level