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Glossary

Glossary

Bridged networking -

A type of network connection between a virtual machine and the rest of the world. Under bridged networking, a virtual machine appears as an additional computer on the same physical Ethernet network as the host.
See also Host-only networking.

Configuration -

See Virtual machine configuration file.

Configuration Editor -

A point-and-click editor used to view and modify the configuration of a virtual machine. It may be launched from the Settings menu.
See also Configuration Wizard, New Virtual Machine Wizard.

Configuration Wizard -

On Linux hosts, a point-and-click interface for convenient, easy creation of a virtual machine configuration. You can launch it from the dialog box that appears when you start VMware Workstation without specifying a configuration file. You can also launch it from the File menu. It prompts you for information, suggesting default values in most cases. It creates files that define the virtual machine, including a virtual machine configuration file and (optionally) a virtual disk or raw disk file.
See also Configuration Editor, New Virtual Machine Wizard.

Custom networking -

Any type of network connection between virtual machines and the host that does not use the default bridged, host-only or network address translation (NAT) networking configurations. For instance, different virtual machines can be connected to the host by separate networks or connected to each other and not to the host. Any network topology is possible.

Disk mode -

A property of a disk used in a virtual machine that defines its external behavior but is completely invisible to the guest operating system. There are three modes: persistent (changes to the disk are always preserved when the virtual machine is powered off), undoable (changes are preserved at the user's discretion) and nonpersistent (changes are never preserved). Disk modes may be changed from the Configuration Editor. For a detailed explanation of disk modes refer to Disk Modes: Persistent, Undoable and Nonpersistent.

Existing partition -

A partition on a physical disk in the host machine.
See also Raw disk.

Guest operating system -

An operating system that runs inside a virtual machine.
See also Host operating system.

Host-only networking -

A type of network connection between a virtual machine and the host. Under host-only networking, a virtual machine is connected to the host on a private network, which normally is not visible outside the host. Multiple virtual machines configured with host-only networking on the same host are on the same network.
See also Bridged networking, Custom networking and Network address translation.

Host machine -

The physical computer on which the VMware Workstation software is installed. It hosts the VMware Workstation virtual machines.

Host operating system -

An operating system that runs on the host machine.
See also Guest operating system.

Network address translation (NAT) -

A type of network connection that allows you to connect your virtual machines to an external network when you have only one IP network address, and that address is used by the host computer. If you use NAT, your virtual machine does not have its own IP address on the external network. Instead, a separate private network is set up on the host computer. Your virtual machine gets an address on that network from the VMware virtual DHCP server. The VMware NAT device passes network data between one or more virtual machines and the external network. It identifies incoming data packets intended for each virtual machine and sends them to the correct destination.

New Virtual Machine Wizard -

On Windows hosts, a point-and-click interface for convenient, easy creation of a virtual machine configuration. You can launch it from the opening VMware Workstation screen or from the File menu. It prompts you for information, suggesting default values in most cases. It creates files that define the virtual machine, including a virtual machine configuration file and (optionally) a virtual disk or raw disk file.
See also Configuration Editor, Configuration Wizard.

Nonpersistent mode -

All disk writes issued by software running inside a virtual machine with a disk in nonpersistent mode appear to be written to disk but are in fact discarded after the virtual machine is powered off. As a result, a virtual disk or raw disk in nonpersistent mode is not modified by VMware Workstation.

Persistent mode -

All disk writes issued by software running inside a virtual machine are immediately and permanently written to a virtual disk in persistent mode. As a result, a virtual disk or raw disk in persistent mode behaves like a conventional disk drive on a physical computer.

Raw disk -

A hard disk in a virtual machine that is mapped to a physical disk drive on the host machine. A virtual machine's disk can be stored as a file on the host file system (see Virtual disk) or on a local hard disk. When a virtual machine is configured to use a raw disk, VMware Workstation directly accesses the local disk or partition as a raw device (not as a file on a file system). It is possible to boot a previously installed operating system on an existing partition within a virtual machine environment. The only limitation is that the existing partition must reside on a local IDE or SCSI drive.
See also Safe raw disk file, Virtual disk.

Resume -

Return a virtual machine to operation from its suspended state. When you resume a suspended virtual machine, all applications are in the same state they were when the virtual machine was suspended.
See also Suspend.

Safe raw disk file -

A file containing access privilege information that controls a virtual machine's read/write access to partitions on a raw disk. Proper use of this file prevents dual-boot users from accidentally trying to run the host operating system again as a guest or from another guest operating system for which the virtual machine was not configured. Safe raw disk files can also prevent accidental writes to raw disk partitions from badly behaved operating systems or applications. Safe raw disk files can be created by the Configuration Wizard, the New Virtual Machine Wizard or the Configuration Editor.

Suspend -

Save the current state of a running virtual machine. To return a suspended virtual machine to operation, use the resume feature.
See also Resume.

Undoable mode -

All writes to a disk in undoable mode issued by software running inside a virtual machine appear to be written to the disk but are in fact stored in a temporary file (.REDO file) on the host file system while the virtual machine is running. When the virtual machine is powered off, the user is given three choices: (1) permanently apply all changes to the disk; (2) discard the changes, thus restoring the disk to its previous state; or (3) keep the changes, so that further changes made the next time the virtual machine runs can be added to the log.

Virtual disk -

A virtual disk is a set of files, usually on the host file system, that appears as a physical disk drive to a guest operating system. These files can be on the host machine or on a remote file system. When you configure a virtual machine with a virtual disk, you can install a new operating system into the disk file without the need to repartition a physical disk or reboot the host.
See also Raw disk.

Virtual machine -

A virtualized x86 PC environment in which a guest operating system and associated application software can run. Multiple virtual machines can operate on the same host machine concurrently.

Virtual machine configuration -

The specification of what virtual devices (disks, memory size, etc.) are present in a virtual machine and how they are mapped to host files and devices.

Virtual machine configuration file -

A file containing a virtual machine configuration. It is created by the Configuration Wizard, the New Virtual Machine Wizard or the Configuration Editor. It is used by VMware Workstation to identify and run a specific virtual machine.

Virtual machine list -

On Windows hosts, a list on the main VMware Workstation screen that shows the names and guest operating systems of virtual machines that have previously been used with the running copy of VMware Workstation. The virtual machine list makes it easy to launch a virtual machine or to connect to the virtual machine's configuration file in order to make changes in the configuration.

VMware Tools -

A suite of utilities that enhances the performance of your guest operating system. VMware Tools includes the SVGA driver, a mouse driver for some guest operating systems and the VMware Tools control panel.

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