VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation is a commercial product we have available on our fully-supported Redhat Linux computers. We have a number of pre-packaged virtual machines (VMs) available for use with this product.

Pre-configured VMs

We have VMs with the following operating systems pre-packaged for our users:

  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • CentOS 6 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Unpacking pre-configured VMs

Use the /s/std/bin/vmware-unpack {VM_name} command to unpack virtual machine files. Files are automatically extracted into the directory /scratch/{your_login}/VMware/{VM_name}

Below are the VM_name values for different operating systems in a preconfigured VM:

Operating System VM_name
Windows 7 32-bit Windows7
Windows 7 64-bit Windows7-x64
CentOS 6 32-bit CentOS6-i386
CentOS 6 64-bit CentOS6-x64

Running a pre-configured VM

To start VMware Workstation, you can select VMware Workstation from the GNOME program menu or just run vmware from a command prompt. Once the VMware Workstation window appears, you can use File → Open to find the .vmx file associated with the VM in the extraction directory above. Open the .vmx file; you will have options to power-on and power-off your VM along with a number of other VM maintenance and operation tasks.

Logging in to a pre-configured VM

We have a two users on our pre-configured VMs:

Operating System admin account user admin account password user account user account password
Windows 7 vmadmin W1ndows7 vmuser W1ndows7
CentOS 6 vmadmin CentOS!! vmuser CentOS!!

You may change the passwords as appropriate if you use one of these pre-configured VMs.