A shared virtual machine is a virtual machine on the host system that remote Workstation users can access as a remote virtual machine. You can create a new shared virtual machine, convert a standard virtual machine to a shared virtual machine, or create a shared virtual machine clone of a standard virtual machine.

You can configure specific shared virtual machines to start when the host system starts, and you can view status and task information for shared virtual machines.

Workstation stores shared virtual machines in the shared virtual machines directory, where VMware Workstation Server manages them. Shared virtual machines appear in the virtual machine library under the Shared VMs item.

You can convert a standard virtual machine to a shared virtual machine or create a shared virtual machine by creating a clone of a standard virtual machine. Workstation stores shared virtual machines in the shared virtual machines directory.

You can create a new shared virtual machine in Workstation by using the New Virtual Machine wizard. Creating a shared virtual machine is similar to creating a standard virtual machine.

When you stop sharing a virtual machine, Workstation changes the shared virtual machine to a standard virtual machine.

You can view power status and task information for shared virtual machines, and you can view the power status of remote virtual machines. Tasks are operations that can affect the use of a virtual machine, such as power state changes and changes to virtual machine settings.