Hello again, everyone, and welcome to my series, The Support Outsider — a look into VMware from the point of view of an outsider (me), Intern Moses Masih.

Moses MasihI had mentioned last week that I intended to discuss some cool Workstation 9 features that I have come across while making videos for this product, so this week I want to discuss the topic of encrypting virtual machines.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone was to get access to your virtual machines? I never used to care about it until one day, last week, one my ‘friends’ broke into a virtual machine that I carry with me on an external hard drive. Luckily, all my friend did was playfully change the wallpaper on the machine as a prank.  Even though setting my password to something stronger than password123 would have helped, it got me thinking that my virtual machine would have been a lot safer if I had encrypted it. That’s exactly what I set out to do.

Before you encrypt your virtual machine, one important item to note is that the encryption feature only supports virtual machines that have virtual hardware version 5. x or later. For more info on that, check out the Encrypting and Restricting Virtual Machines section in the Using VMware Workstation 9 guide for limitations.

Check out this video on our KBTV YouTube channel to find out how you can encrypt your VM in VMware Workstation 9.

I also want to point out that if you have any problems encrypting your virtual machine, remember, the VMware Knowledge Base ( should be the first place to come to mind for help.

Be sure to come back next week to check on my adventures as I go exploring the world of virtualization more.  Thanks for your time.