Tuesday, July 23, 2013

VMware Player Lab Installation Instructions

I recently had the opportunity to attend a course on Comprehensive Cyberterrorism Defense . At the end of the course, our instructor told us that we could take the virtual machines that we had been using with us and integrate them into our own lab.

I work with both VMware Workstation and Virtual Box so this was exciting news. I am writing this so that others who need to know how to import virtual machines into VMware Player can follow along.

VMware Player Lab Installation Instructions
  1. Download and install VMware Player
  2. Locate the Virtual Machines to install (Currently in C:\CyberSecurity\CCD Virtual Machines)
  3. Open the VMware Player application.
  4. Select "Open a Virtual machine" *
  5. Browse to the VM image. (i.e.: C:\CyberSecurity\CCD Virtual Machines\WXP\WXP.vmx) then click "Open". The virtual machine will be added to the player and you will be asked where the VM image came from. Answer, "I copied it."

  6. When prompted, download and install the "VMware Tools for Windows 2000 and later" and/or the "VMware Tools for Linux" add-on package(s).

  7. Configuring the Virtual Machine(s) Network
  8. In the VMware Player, right click on a virtual machine, and then select “Virtual Machine Settings…”
  9. Select “Network Adapter” in the left pane, then click the “Host-only” radio button on the right under network connection”

  10. Repeat Steps 5–8 for each subsequent virtual machine that will be imported

  11. Running the Virtual Machines **

  12. To run the virtual machine(s), double-click on the VMware Player.
  13. Next, ensure that that the Network Adapters are set for “host-only” before starting them
  14. Right-click on the virtual machine
  15. Select “Virtual machine Settings…”, then click the “Host-only” radio button on the right under “Network connection”

  16. Finally, select the virtual machine, the click the “Start” button to boot the VM.


  18. When running, the virtual machines will obtain a 192.168.206.x IP address from the VMware DHCP Windows service on the host OS.

  19. If no IP address or an APIPA address is obtained:
    • Check to ensure if the VMware HCP service is running
    • Check to ensure that the “Host-only” option is enabled for the VM

* Due to an issue with long-mode support on Windows 7, any virtual machine installed will not be able to run 64-bit code, however this should not affect any lab work.
** Steps 10-12 will need to be repeated for EACH virtual machine that you need to run.