I was wondering if you could help me with this. I’m using VMware Workstation Pro 15 for Windows. I want to create a VM for AD users to use, but not allow them to edit the vm configurations.
I first tried using the Shared VMs feature, with Roles to only allow users to play/stop the VM, but wasn’t able to set up shared folders for the VM (the option doesn’t show up).
I also tried the solution offered here (solution which is compatible with having shared folders): [https://pubs.vmware.com/ws6_ace2/ws/wwhelp/wwhimpl/common/html/wwhelp.htm?context=ws&file=ws_special_restrict.html](https://pubs.vmware.com/ws6_ace2/ws/wwhelp/wwhimpl/common/html/wwhelp.htm?context=ws&file=ws_special_restrict.html). It seems, though, that the guide is outdated and only works for old workstation versions? The option “gui.restricted” appears to be ignored, and for some reason VMware requires the vm configuration file .vmx to be writable by the user, to be able to launch the VM! (When launching the VM, an “insufficient permissions to access file” error shows up).
I also took a look at the option of encrypting the VM and “enabling restrictions”, but it’s not practical (it would require the users to know the encryption password) and only restricts some of the configurations.
What else can I try? What are the reasons to not have the option for shared folders on shared VMs? Why does the user need write permissions to the VM configuration file to be able to launch it?
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