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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 to set file permissions as described below.
Take the following steps to enable the restricted user interface.
Note: Although the restricted user interface provides no access to menu and toolbar controls for the snapshot, you may choose to give the user limited snapshot control. If you set up a snapshot for the restricted virtual machine and set the power-off option to Ask me, the user sees the standard dialog box when shutting down a virtual machine and has the opportunity to choose Just power off, Take snapshot or Revert to snapshot.
You can combine a restricted user interface with a snapshot to ensure that users' virtual machines always start in the same state. 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 snapshot set and is configured to return to that snapshot when powered off, the user can only start and power off the virtual machine. The virtual machine always starts from the snapshot.
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 restricted user interface and a snapshot as described above, take the following steps:
The user runs this virtual machine by double-clicking the shortcut to the configuration file. The virtual machine starts at the snapshot, with the user interface restricted - with no toolbar and no access to the Power menu or the Virtual Machine Control Panel.
When the user is finished working with this virtual machine, he or she closes it by choosing File > Close. The virtual machine powers off, and the next time a user powers it on, it returns to the snapshot.
To remove the restriction on the interface, take the following steps.