VMware Workstation 3.2
The restricted user interface affects only the specific virtual machines for which the setting has been made. The following changes are made when you enable the restricted user interface:
The changes needed to enable the restricted user interface must be made by a user with sufficient privileges to edit the virtual machine's configuration file and set file permissions as described below.
Take the following steps to enable the restricted user interface.
You can combine a restricted user interface with the repeatable resume feature. Typically, users running a virtual machine with a restricted user interface can power it on and off only, and the virtual machine boots when powered on. When the virtual machine has a repeatable resume point set, the user can resume and power off the virtual machine only. The virtual machine always starts from point at which you set the repeatable resume. For more information on repeatable resume, see Resuming Virtual Machines Repeatedly from the Same Point.
When the virtual machine has the repeatable resume feature enabled, you can restrict the user interface, even though the virtual machine is suspended and not powered off. This can be desirable for product demonstrations or classrooms, where you do not want your users modifying your virtual machine.
Since you can restrict the user interface only on Windows hosts, this combination works only with virtual machines running on Windows hosts.
To set up a virtual machine with repeatable resume and restricted user interface, complete the following steps.
The user runs this virtual machine by double-clicking the shortcut to the configuration file. The virtual machine resumes to its previously set repeatable resume point, with the user interface restricted - with no toolbar and no access to the Power menu or the Configuration Editor.
When the user is finished working with this virtual machine, he or she can click the X button in the upper right corner of the Workstation window to close it. The virtual machine powers off, and the next time it is resumed, it returns to the repeatable resume point.
To remove the restriction on the interface, complete the following steps.