You can start a virtual machine that is running in the background when Workstation is not started.

Set the virtual machine to run in the background. See Closing Virtual Machines and Exiting Workstation.


On the host system, click the virtual machine status icon that is located in the notification area of the taskbar.

A list of the virtual machines that are running in the background appears in a tooltip. The list contains the virtual machines that belong to the currently logged in user.


Select a virtual machine from the list in the tooltip.

Workstation starts and displays the console view of the virtual machine.