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(Pre-Requisites: Lesson 3)

{ Download and Install VMware Player }

Section 0. Background Information
  1. What is VMware Players?
    • VMware Player is a free desktop application that lets you run a virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player provides an intuitive user interface for running preconfigured virtual machines created with VMware Workstation, GSX Server, and ESX Server.

  2. Lab Notes
    • In this lab we will do the following:
      1. Download VMware Player
      2. Install VMware Player

  3. External Hardrive Recommendation
    • It is only a recommendation to purchase an external hard-drive for the following reasons:
      1. Laptops do not always provide you with extra space that Virtual Machines Require
      2. Using an external drive allows you to easily play a Virtual Machine across multiple devices.
      3. Computer Security Student does receive a very small Amazon Affiliate commission from this purchase
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Section 1: Download VMware Player
  1. Open Firefox
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Start Button
      2. Type firefox in the search box
      3. Click the firefox icon


  2. Start VMware Player Download
    • Instructions:
      1. Navigate to the below URL
        • Windows 7
        • Windows 8,x and Windows 10
        • Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (VirtualBox)
      2. Major Version: E.g. 5.0
      3. Minor Version: E.g. 5.0.4 (latest)
      4. Click Download
    • Note(FYI):
      1. All lessons have been tested with VMware Player 5.0 - 7.0 and VMware Workstation Player 12.0.
      2. Although all lessons are written using VMware on Windows; we do provide guidance for students using VirtualBox on Mac OS X and Linux.


  3. Save VMware Player Executable (Part 1)
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Save File Button


  4. Save VMware Player Executable (Part 2)
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Downloads
      2. Filename: <Take the default name>
      3. Click the Save Button


  5. Open Containging Folder
    • Instructions:
      1. Tools --> Downloads
      2. Right Click on the VMware executable
      3. Select Open Containing Folder


  6. Run as administrator
    • Instructions:
      1. Right Click on VMware Executable
      2. Select Run as administrator


  7. User Account Control
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Yes Button


  8. Start VMware Player Installation
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Next Button


  9. VMware Player Destination Folder
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Next Button


  10. VMware Player Software Updates
    • Instructions:
      1. Check or Uncheck the Check for product update on startup checkbox
      2. Click the Next Button


  11. VMware Player User Experience Improvement Player
    • Instructions:
      1. Check or Uncheck the Help improve VMware Player checkbox
      2. Click the Next Button


  12. VMware Player Shortcuts
    • Instructions:
      1. Check or Uncheck the Desktop checkbox
      2. Check or Uncheck the Start Menu Programs folder checkbox
      3. Click the Next Button


  13. VMware Player Continue Installation
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Continue Button


  14. VMware Player Setup Wizard Complete
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Finish Button


Section 2: Proof of Lab
  1. Open a Command Prompt
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Start Button
      2. Type cmd in the search box
      3. Click on the cmd icond


  2. Proof of Lab
    • Instructions:
      1. dir "C:\Program Files" > C:\temp\program_files.txt
      2. dir "C:\Program Files (x86)" >> C:\temp\program_files.txt
      3. type C:\temp\program_files.txt | find /i "VMware"
      4. date /t
      5. echo "Your Name"
        • Put in your actual name in place of "Your Name"
        • e.g., echo "John Gray"
    • Note(FYI):
      1. Command #1, Use (dir) to display all the (C:\Program Files) sub directories.  Use the greater than operator (>) re-direct the standard output produced by the (dir) command into a file (C:\temp\program_files.txt).
      2. Command #2, Use (dir) to display all the (C:\Program Files (x86)) sub directories.  Use the apprend than operator (>>) re-direct and append the standard output produced by the (dir) command onto the end of the file (C:\temp\program_files.txt).
      3. Command #3, Substitute VirtualBox for (VMware) if you are running VirtualBox.
    • Proof of Lab Instructions
      1. Press the <Ctrl> and <Alt> key at the same time.
      2. Press the <PrtScn> key.
      3. Paste into a word document
      4. Upload to Moodle


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