Thursday 17 September 2009

Shortcut to your VM on the desktop

With VMWare Server 2.0 you can start and stop VM's using the VMware Infrastructure Web Access application. This is a replacement of the vmware console in VMWare Server 1.0. The console is now a control in the console tab of the Virtual Machine in the Web Access. You have to click in the black area and the console will pop-up. If you're a user of Vmware Server 2.0 or other similar VMWare apps, you probably already know this.

What I recently found though is the ability to create a short cut on your desktop to a particular VM. This handy because it pops up the console where you can log in with your VMWare Administrator account and then the VM will start. From the console you can also suspend or stop using the Remote/Troubleshoot menu.

To create a shortcut on your desktop goto the summary page of your VM. In the commands portlet you find the "Generate Virtual Machine Shortcut" link:

Follow the instructions and you get an Icon with the shortcut on your desktop.

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