Encrypt your virtual machine with a password to control access to the virtual machine and its contents. If you have VMware Fusion Professional, you can also turn on restrictions to prevent users from changing virtual machine settings.

Use these guidelines when configuring encryption and restrictions:

If you have a VMware Fusion license, rather than a VMware Fusion Professional license, you can turn encryption on or off only if the virtual machine does not already have restrictions turned on.

If restrictions are already turned on, you can change Encryption & Restrictions settings only if you have a VMware Professional license. If you have a VMware Fusion license, the Encryption & Restrictions settings are read-only. You can change only the encryption password.

Restrictions policies are enforced only on virtual machines that are compatible with Fusion 5 and later virtual machines.

Suspend or shut down the virtual machine.

If you plan to turn on restrictions, verify that you have the VMware Fusion Professional license.


Select the virtual machine and select Virtual Machine > Settings from the VMware Fusion menu bar.


Click Encryption & Restrictions.


Drag the Encryption slider to ON.


Enter the password to use to encrypt the virtual machine.


Remember this password. You cannot access the virtual machine without it.


Enter the password again.


(Optional) Select the Remember Password check box to store the password in your Mac's Keychain password management system.


Click OK.


(Optional) (VMware Fusion Professional only) To configure a policy for requiring users to change the encryption password or a policy for allowing USB devices, or both, select the appropriate check boxes.


After you select a check box, the policy does not take effect until you also turn on restrictions and set a restrictions password.


(Optional) (VMware Fusion Professional only) To turn on restrictions, drag the Restrictions slider to ON, set the password, and click OK.


Make sure that you record the restrictions password you use. If you forget the password, Fusion does not provide a way to retrieve it.

The virtual machine is encrypted and requires the password to be started or resumed.

If you also turned on restrictions, many virtual machine configuration settings are hidden and cannot be changed. To turn off restrictions in order to change configuration settings, you must have VMware Fusion Professional and supply the restrictions password.