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Starting a Virtual Machine on a Linux Host

Starting a Virtual Machine on a Linux Host

  1. Open a terminal window, type vmware & and press Enter.
  2. Select the name of the virtual machine you want to use in the Favorites list at the left of the Workstation window.

    If the virtual machine you want to use is not shown in the Favorites list, go to File > Open and browse to the configuration file (.vmx or .cfg file) for the virtual machine you want to use. To add that virtual machine to the Favorites list so you can open it easily the next time you want to use it, click Add, make any changes you wish to the display name and location in the Favorites list, then click OK.

    Note: By default, VMware Workstation 4 stores virtual machines in <homedir>/vmware/<guestOSname>, where <homedir> is the home directory of the user who is logged on when the virtual machine is created.

  3. Click the Power On button to start the virtual machine.
  4. Click anywhere inside the virtual machine window to give the virtual machine control of your mouse and keyboard.
  5. If you need to log on, type in your name and password just as you would on a physical computer.

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