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Share your VMs in VMware Workstation

When VMware Server was declared end of life, many end users were looking for an alternate product through which they could host their virtual machines on the network in a small environment. vSphere offered this functionality but for SMB and end users it was not a feasible option to upgrade to the Enterprise platform.

VMware subsequently added Shared VM functionality with VMware Workstation 8 and provided users an option to share virtual machines on the network. With VMware Workstation 9, we improved the functionality and added a web based access method to the shared virtual machine.

Knowledgebase article Running VMware Workstation as a server with shared virtual machines (2005585) covers this functionality in detail. It provides the steps to configure and use the function.

Another article Configuring WSX in VMware Workstation (2033641) covers the steps required to install and configure web based access for your shared virtual machine.

After configuring WSX, you can open the server address as shown below to access your virtual machine in a convenient web based user interface.

  • http://<IP Address of the WSX host>:<port configured>
  • http://<Host name of the WSX host>:<port configured>

When the page loads, it will request login credentials for the host machines to access the shared virtual machine.
On the welcome page, select the Shared VM (localhost) option. It will request the login credentials again. You can also use the Add a Server option and connect to your vSphere/ESXi setup to access the virtual machines running there.

Select the shared virtual machine to view it in the browser.
You can use the virtual machine in the web browser just as you would through the Workstation user interface.

This feature requires a HTML 5 capable browser but most modern browsers support this now.

As the world moves towards mobility, more users prefer using tablets and smartphones to accomplish work functions. With these features you can access your data and virtual machine on the go using WSX through the convenience of a web browser. WSX enables you to use the touch screen of a tablet or a smartphone to interact with your virtual desktops. A very elegant solution indeed.

Use case scenarios for WSX are only limited by your imagination. With such a wide compatibility matrix, you can use it virtually in any platform which has a HTML5 browser available.

6 thoughts on “Share your VMs in VMware Workstation

  1. Andrew

    Have no problem in accessing VMs on the same machine where VMware workstation 9 and WSX is installed, but what network configuration must I do to be able to access it from another computer for Windows 7 OS? No such instruction covered in all webpages that claim to give instructions.

  2. Roushan K

    Please help me to guide how to make my VM shared to users simultenously which I have created in VMware workstation 9 over I3 procesoor where I have used 1GB ram for VMware workstaion and 60GB HDD.

  3. Bear

    Hello, How can I share my vm’s in WSX so that different users can log in and only see the shared vms that I want them to see? right now I only have one ‘shared vm’s’ section that allows me to add users, but I can’t distinguish who can see what, and deny others from seeing certain vm’s.

    I found how you can create different folders in the ‘my computer’ section, I would like to do the same thing in WSX. Thanks.

    Thank you.

  4. BIBHUDATTA PANDA

    Dear all,

    I have problem vmware workstation that i want to install virtual machine windows server 2003 and i came to know that it;s support only 4gb ram with 40 gb space in hard disk whic i can allocate ,coming to RAM that my laptop is COMPAQ PRESARIO C785TU so if i upgrade to 4gb ram i may get several problem ,

    So anybody having knowledge about plss revert back i m in lot of troblues.

    Thanks

  5. aaa

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  6. Anop

    I have install WSX and Vmwork station too and Shared my V OS Xp but still i am unable to acees my Vm in Browser

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