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VMware Workstation - No Experience Necessary

Sander van Vugt

Get started from scratch with Vmware Workstation using this essential guide. Taking you from installation on Windows or Linux through to advanced virtual machine features, you’ll be setting up a test environment in no time.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849689182
Paperback136 pages

About This Book

  • Create virtual machines on Linux and Windows hosts
  • Create advanced test labs that help in getting back to any Virtual Machine state in an easy way
  • Share virtual machines with others, no matter which virtualization solution they’re using

Who This Book Is For

VMware Workstation - No Experience Necessary is for developers as well as system administrators who want to efficiently set up a test environment .You should have basic networking knowledge, and prior experience with Virtual Machines and VMware Player would be beneficial.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing VMware Workstation
Configuring the host computer
Getting VMware Workstation
Installing VMware Workstation on Windows
Installing VMware Workstation on Linux
Starting VMware Workstation for the first time
Chapter 2: Installing Virtual Machines
Before you start
Starting the installation
Installing a Windows 8 virtual machine
Installing a Linux virtual machine
Chapter 3: Working with Virtual Machines
Performing common tasks
Working with hardware
Working with shared folders
Setting virtual machine options
Securing virtual machines
Chapter 4: VMware Workstation behind the Scenes
Understanding VMware Workstation files
Working with VMware Workstation files
Configuring advanced storage
Chapter 5: Networking VMware Workstation
Using different networking modes
Configuring virtual networks
Using advanced network properties on virtual machines
Chapter 6: Accessing Virtual Machines Remotely
Setting up shared machines with the VMware Web Service
Using VNC for remote virtual machine access
Using TeamViewer for remote access through a firewall
Accessing VMware Workstation from tablets and mobile devices
Chapter 7: Converting Virtual Machines
Converting physical machines to VMware Workstation
Performing a V2V conversion and virtual machine import
Chapter 8: Cloning and Snapshots
Understanding when to apply which tools
Working with snapshots
Creating clones
Backups in a virtual environment
Chapter 9: Sharing Virtual Machines
Uploading virtual machines to vSphere and the cloud
Sharing virtual machines with VMware Player
Using VMware appliances
Making screen movies

What You Will Learn

  • Install VMware Workstation on Windows or Linux
  • Create Virtual Machines
  • Configure networking in virtual environments
  • Set up a DMZ-test environment on one single machine
  • Access Virtual Machines running on other computers
  • Multiply virtual machines by using clones
  • Easily revert to a previous Virtual Machine state by using snapshot technology
  • Upload Virtual machines to the cloud and vSphere
  • Share virtual machines with VMware Player users

In Detail

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.


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