You can encrypt a virtual machine to secure it from unauthorized use. You can also enable restrictions to prevent users from changing configuration settings.

Depending on the size of the virtual machine, the encryption process can take several minutes or several hours.

Power off the virtual machine.

Familiarize yourself with the encryption feature limitations. See Virtual Machine Encryption Limitations.

Familiarize yourself with restricted virtual machine expirations. See Restricted Virtual Machine Expiration.

1

Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.

2

On the Options tab, select Access Control.

3

Click Encrypt.

4

Click Encrypt, enter an encryption password, and click Encrypt.

The encryption password is required to gain access to the virtual machine. It does not prevent the user from changing the virtual machine configuration. Turn on restrictions and enter a password to prevent the user from changing the virtual machine configuration.

Important

Record the encryption password you use. If you forget the password, Workstation does not provide a way to retrieve it.

Workstation begins encrypting the virtual machine. After the encryption process is complete, you can optionally set a restrictions password.

5

(Optional) Select the Enable Restrictions check box to turn on restrictions.

Option

Description

Restrictions password

You can set a password that prevents the user of the virtual machine from changing the virtual machine configuration.

Require the user to change the encryption password

Requires the user to change the encrypted password for the virtual machine if the virtual machine is moved or copied.

Allow USB devices to be connected

USB device connections are allowed.

Expire the virtual machine

Set a date and time for the virtual machine to expire by clicking the down arrow and selecting an expiration date. Click into the time field and enter the expiration time.

To enter an alert message:

a

Click Advanced.

b

Enter text to be displayed when the virtual machine expires.

c

(Optional) Select the check box to show a message when the virtual machine is about to expire and enter message text.

d

(Optional) Set the number of days before expiration that the message is displayed.

e

Click OK.

Important

Record the restrictions password you use. If you forget the password, Workstation does not provide a way to retrieve it.

6

Click OK in the Virtual Machine Settings dialog box.