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ChangeBASE 6.2.2 - Prerequisites and Getting Started Guide

Sharing Virtual Machines on VMware Workstation

To share a Virtual Machine

  1. Run VMware Workstation as Administrator.
  2. Power off the Virtual Machine that you wish to share.
  3. Ensure that Virtual Machine sharing is enabled and running. By default, Virtual Machine sharing is via the 443 (https) port, and so your computer firewall or any other firewall/anti-virus programs should allow incoming https (443) port traffic.

Note: You can change the above port by modifying the Shared VMs Workstation Preferences.

Note: If this is the first Virtual Machine that you are sharing on the VMware Workstation Server, you will need to specify or browse to the Shared VMs location.

  1. Right-click on the Virtual Machine that you would like to share and select Manage > Share to initiate the Share Virtual Machine Wizard.

Accept the default of Move the virtual machine if you want to move the original Virtual Machine to the Shared VMs location, so that you no longer have the separate, original version of the Virtual Machine. Alternatively, select Make a full clone of the virtual machine if you want to move a clone of the original Virtual Machine to the Shared VMs location, so that you still retain the separate, original version of the Virtual Machine.

If you make a clone, then you will need to create a new snapshot, as the original snapshots are not cloned.

Important: When a Virtual Machine is shared, then all the associated files will be moved from the original location to the VM Shared Library location. Therefore, you need to ensure that this latter location has sufficient disk space to accommodate the shared Virtual Machine.

  1. The shared Virtual Machine appears under the Shared VMs directory in VMware Workstation.

Important: If the ChangeBASE service and VMware Workstation are running on different machines, then the network connection for the shared Virtual Machines needs to be Bridged.

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