VMWare workstation 8 Virtual Machine sharing

After failing to talk my school into registering for a free vmware school account so I could score VMware workstation 8 I decided to purchase it.  I primarily wanted the feature that they somewhat promoted that allows you to share your virtual machine with other people.

It sounded like a really awesome idea however I couldn’t seem to find any video on the internet that would demo it so I put together a short demo of the sharing feature and how it works. ¬†Overall, I was pretty impressed. It would be a great function for school or having a shared machine on the job where developer could debug code at the same time or share the experience more seemlessly then a go to meeting.


The entire virtual machine is copied to the sharing folder in order to share it. The level of granularity on the permissions for shares was pretty impressive.