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VMware Workstation - No Experience Necessary

By : Sander van Vugt
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VMware Workstation - No Experience Necessary

By: Sander van Vugt

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
VMware Workstation – No Experience Necessary
About the Author
About the Reviewers


VMware is the world leader in virtualization solutions. VMware offers products to virtualize the data center, and also solutions that help you set up test environments. This book is about VMware Workstation, the most versatile solution that can be used to set up a test environment to develop new software solutions, or to test complex architecture before taking it into production.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Installing VMware Workstation, explains how to install VMware Workstation on Windows or Linux computers. It also describes the recommended hardware to set up a virtualization environment.

Chapter 2, Installing Virtual Machines, describes what to do before even starting the installation of the first virtual machine, such as setting up storage or networking. It also explains how to create different types of virtual machines.

Chapter 3, Working with Virtual Machines, shows you how to get around and perform some of the most common tasks in VMware Workstation as VMware Workstation offers several options to make it easier to work with virtual machines.

Chapter 4, VMware Workstation behind the Scenes, describes how VMware Workstation is organized. It teaches you about the different files that are used, and the processes in use to offer all of the required services.

Chapter 5, Networking VMware Workstation, shows how to set up the different types of network that can be used in VMware Workstation environments.

Chapter 6, Accessing Virtual Machines Remotely, teaches you how to access virtual machines from a distance, using solutions such as the integrated web server that you can use.

Chapter 7, Converting Virtual Machines, shows how to convert virtual machines, which help you to import virtual machines that have been created on other virtualization platforms.

Chapter 8, Cloning and Snapshots, teaches you how to work with clones and snapshots, which allow you to set up a test environment in an easy and versatile way.

Chapter 9, Sharing Virtual Machines, teaches you how to share virtual machines. It also covers how to easily share the machines that you've created with other people you want to work with.

What you need for this book

To learn how to work with VMware Workstation, you need a copy of VMware Workstation. This can be obtained from

Who this book is for

This book is written for system administrators and developers who want to set up test environments to verify the working of new products in isolated and secure environments.


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