19th April 2024

Usage and Basic Concepts of VMware Workstation Tool

The basic options of VMware Workstation virtual computer are as follows. In this article, we will talk about the basic concepts of using the VMware Workstation tool. We will explain these options one by one.

“Settings” Option

Right-click the virtual machine and click “Setting” to open a new window.

"Settings" Option
“Settings” Option


These windows show two tabs “Hardware” and “Options“.

Hardware Tab

The RAM setting of the virtual machine can be performed with the “Memory” device. A low RAM size will cause the virtual machine to run slowly. Excessive RAM size may cause unnecessary fatigue of the physical machine. The RAM change can not be performed while the virtual machine is turned on.

VMware Setting "Hardware Tab"
VMware Setting “Hardware Tab”


The processor setting is done with the “Processors” option. Similar to the RAM setting, the processor needs to be set accordingly. The processor setting cannot be changed while the virtual machine is on.

VMware Setting "Processors"
VMware Setting “Processors”


The disk setting is configured with the “Hard Disk(SCSI)” option. Currently, it is stated that the virtual machine will occupy a maximum of 60 GB.

VMware Setting "Hard Disk(SCSI)"
VMware Setting “Hard Disk(SCSI)”


The CD/DVD setting is performed with the “CD/DVD (SATA)” device. You can transfer an ISO file from the physical machine to the virtual machine by selecting the “Use ISO image file” device on the right and clicking “Browse…”.

VMware Setting CD/DVD (SATA)
VMware Setting CD/DVD (SATA)


Network setting is done with the “Network Adapter” option. I will write the network configuration in another topic in detail.

VMware Setting "Network Adapter"
VMware Setting “Network Adapter”


You can set the USB setting in the “USB Controller” option. Thşs device can be used for data transfer. By selecting Share Bluetooth devices with the virtual machine”  on the right, you activate the Bluetooth device. İf you select “Show all USB input devices“, you can show all USB input devices.

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VMware Setting "USB Controller"
VMware Setting “USB Controller”


The sound card setting is performed with the “Sound Card” device. You can enable or disable the volume setting in the “Device status” option on the right.

VMware Setting "Sound Card"
VMware Setting “Sound Card”


The printer setting is done with the “Printer” option.

VMware Setting "Printer"
VMware Setting “Printer”


The display setting is done with the “Display” option. The “Monitors” tab on the, “Use host setting for monitor” option allows your physical computer to use the monitor setting.

VMware Setting "Display"
VMware Setting “Display”


To add a new device, the “Add” button under the existing tab can be used. In the add hardware wizard that opens, select the desired device. If there are subsequent steps, you can add them by selecting the settings you want.

add hardware wizard
add hardware wizard


Options Tab

With this option, an advanced configuration setting of the virtual machine can be performed. This option is not used much.

VMware Setting Options Tab
VMware Setting Options Tab


Snapshot Option

One of the most important benefits of the virtualization system is the easy return to a predetermined point during an error. With the “Snapshot” feature, you can return the virtual processor.

To take a snapshot, you can follow the step “Snapshot > Take Snapshot…

VMware "Snapshot Option"
VMware “Snapshot Option”


In the window that opens, name and description information is entered and the “Take Snapshot” button is clicked.

VMware "Take Snapshot"
VMware “Take Snapshot”


Note: Turning off the virtual machine when the snapshot is taken will allow snapshot files to take up less space on the virtual machine. If it is not absolutely necessary, it is recommended not to take a snapshot of the machines while they are on.

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You can follow the “Snapshot > Snapshot Manager” step for monitoring and managing snapshots. As shown below, the snapshot of our client named “systemconf computer” was created.

VMware "Snapshot > Snapshot Manager"
VMware “Snapshot > Snapshot Manager”


If the desired snapshot is selected in this window and the “Go To” button is clicked, it can be returned to the state where the relevant snapshot was taken. Similarly, clicking the “Delete” button will delete the corresponding snapshot.

VMware "Go To"
VMware “Go To”


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