Installing and Configuring VMware Workstation 11

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


VMware Workstation provides award-winning desktop virtualization capabilities with an easy-to-use interface. In this course, you will learn about the features that make VMware Workstation such an invaluable tool and you will get to know the various console interface components. This course also covers the installation requirements and installation tasks for both Windows and Linux hosts.

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

120 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

Overview of Key Workstation Features

  • identify new and key features of VMware Workstation
  • Host System Requirements

  • identify the host system requirements of VMware Workstation
  • VMware Workstation Virtual Machines

  • identify characteristics of virtual machines, how they work and relate to the host
  • Virtual Machine Feature Support

  • outline what types of features and devices virtual machines provide
  • Workstation Software and Licensing

  • define how to obtain software and licensing
  • Understanding Virtual Machine Files

  • identify the types of virtual machine files used by VMware Workstation
  • Installing Workstation on Windows

  • install VMware Workstation on a Windows host
  • Running an Unattended Installation

  • identify the tasks and unique requirements involved in performing an unattended installation
  • Installing Workstation on Linux

  • install VMware Workstation on a Linux host
  • Upgrading Options on a Windows Host

  • prepare virtual machines for and perform an upgrade to a new version of Workstation
  • Upgrading Options on a Linux Host

  • prepare virtual machines for and perform an upgrade to a new version of Linux
  • Upgrading a Virtual Machine

  • upgrade virtual machines for different versions of VMware products
  • Modifying Virtual Machine Compatibility

  • list considerations for and modify the virtual machine hardware compatibility settings
  • Navigating the Workstation Console

  • navigate the main sections and tabs of the VMware Workstation console window
  • Using the Thumbnail and Status Bar

  • use Thumbnail Bar and Status Bar
  • Customizing the Workstation Interface

  • modify the Workstation window components to suit your needs
  • Working in Full Screen Mode

  • set your Workstation interface to full screen mode
  • Adjusting Window Fit Settings

  • adjust the Workstation window fit settings
  • Using the Screen Capture Feature

  • use the Workstation Screen Capture feature
  • Configuring Input Settings

  • configure input settings in VMware Workstation
  • Managing Hot-Key Settings

  • identify the important hot-key combinations
  • Display Settings and Multiple Monitors

  • select the appropriate display mode for viewing virtual machine guests from within the Workstation console
  • Working with Unity

  • activate the Unity mode and access a virtual machine’s applications using Unity
  • Configuring Shared VM Settings

  • configure shared virtual machine or VM settings in VMware Workstation
  • Using Folders to Manage Virtual Machines

  • add and remove folders used to organize virtual machines or VMs, and use the folder structure to manage VM behavior such as power
  • Configuring Shared Folders

  • configure Workstation to use shared folders in order to share files between virtual machines and the host system
  • Drag-and-Drop and Copy-and-Paste

  • configure the drag-and-drop feature to allow administrators to move files between virtual machines and host systems
  • Using VMware Command Line Tools

  • use command line tools including vmware.exe, vmnetcfg.exe, and vmrun.exe to perform common GUI tasks
  • Exercise: Using VMware Workstation 11