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.

1

Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.

2

On the Options tab, select Access Control.

3

Click Encrypt.

4

Type the encryption password and click Encrypt.

Important

Make sure that you 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

To turn on restrictions, use the controls in the Restrictions section of the panel.

Important

Make sure that you 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.