Managing Virtual Machine Devices and Resources in VMware Workstation 11

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


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

120 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

Configuring Virtual Hard Disks

  • configure aspects of virtual hard disks including how to add, grow, and allocate disks
  • Maintaining Virtual Hard Disks

  • perform virtual hard disk maintenance tasks including compacting, expanding, defragmenting, and adding and removing virtual hard disks or VHDs
  • Lock Files

  • identify the characteristics of lock files and how they affect moving a virtual disk
  • Using the Diskmanager Utility

  • use the Virtual Disk Manager (vmware-diskmanager) utility to manage files from the command line or by using scripts
  • Encrypting Virtual Machines

  • encrypt a virtual machine to protect it from unauthorized use
  • Restricting Virtual Machines

  • restrict virtual machine configuration
  • Cleaning Up Virtual Hard Disks

  • clean up the drive space previously occupied by virtual machines on a Workstation host
  • Configuring a Virtual Machine’s UUID

  • 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
  • Introduction to VMware Player

  • identify the features and uses of VMware Player
  • Moving Virtual Machines

  • move a virtual machine to other locations, including different host systems
  • Exporting a Virtual Machine

  • export a virtual machine to Open Virtual Machine Format or OVF
  • Configuring CD-ROM and DVD Drives

  • configure a virtual machine with a virtual CD-ROM drive
  • Adding a Floppy Drive to a Virtual Machine

  • configure a virtual floppy drive for a virtual machine
  • Configuring USB Devices

  • configure a universal serial bus or USB controller for a virtual machines
  • Configuring SCSI Devices

  • connect Small Computer System Interface or SCSI devices to the host and configure Workstation to properly connect SCSI devices in a virtual machine
  • Configuring the Enhanced Keyboard Feature

  • install the enhanced keyboard driver on a Workstation host and configure the virtual machine to use the enhanced keyboard
  • Adding a Virtual Parallel Port to a VM

  • add a virtual parallel port for a virtual machine
  • Adding a Virtual Serial Port to a VM

  • add a virtual serial port for a virtual machine
  • Configuring AutoProtect

  • configure the AutoProtect setting
  • Configuring Guest Isolation

  • configure Guest Isolation settings
  • VMware Tools Configuration

  • configure VMware Tools in the VMware Workstation application
  • Adding Physical Hard Disks

  • configure physical hard disks attached to the Workstation host for use by a virtual machine
  • Connecting USB Devices

  • connect physical universal serial bus or USB devices to virtual machines
  • Using Printers

  • connect printers for use by virtual machines
  • Exercise: Modifying Virtual Machine Resources