2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2018 8:53 AM by EdwardD20

    Remote Access to VM's

    EdwardD20 Lurker

      I know I'm asking for a lot. What is possible?


      I am teaching some kids about computers. I would like to setup my personal copy of VMware Fusion with multiple images (Windows desktop, Windows Server, Ubuntu), all running at the same time but only one instance of each image. Each image is legally licensed.


      1) During face to face time, from their ChromeBooks or laptops, I would like the students to each access a different one of the images. 1 set of students per image, not multiple instances of a given image, but multiple sets of students on different images.


      2) During the times I am not face to face with them, I would like for them to be able to access the images remotely via a web browser. I will leave another machine running. Ideally passwords would be required to access the various machines so others can't gain access.


      3) When they shut down the VM's (not restart), I would like to reset the machines back to their original condition.


      4) I would like to have the ability to spy on them, or see what they are doing while they are on the image(s).


      Obviously I'm on a Mac, it's a pretty top of the line 2018 MBP so I think I've got the horse power.


      I am a volunteer and these kids are middle school and high school students. This is not any kind of professional gig just a nerdy request.


      As I said, I know I'm asking a lot. What is doable/possible?





        • 1. Re: Remote Access to VM's
          JessieZhang Enthusiast
          VMware Employees



          For now, Fusion does not have the ability to connect a VM via web browser.


          Please see if the VNC connection feature in Fusion can meet your requirement:

          1. On Mac host A, power on a VM, open the VM's Advanced Settings, select "Remote display over VNC" checkbox, set VNC password and VNC port (for example: 5901)

          2. On Mac host B, from Finder menu, select "Go" > "Connect to Server", in the popup dialog, enter the following address:

              vnc://<host A's IP address>:<VNC port, say 5901>

              Then click Connect button

          3. Input the VNC password when prompted


          You will be VNC connected to the VM's desktop.


          Please note the host B can be any OS: Windows, Linux and Mac. Mac and some Linux OSes have built-in VNC client, so normally you don't need to install any other application, if host B is a Windows OS, you need to install VNC Viewer or any other VNC client software.

          • 2. Re: Remote Access to VM's
            EdwardD20 Lurker

            This was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.