Fusion

Using VMware Fusion for your VM Remote Console

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These last few months I’ve been working to totally rebuild my Home Lab and I ran into a neat feature of Fusion.  This blog article is a quick tip on using Fusion for your VM Remote console.

Issue – When you want to start a remote console to your VM’s typically you download and install VMRC (VMware Remote Console) service. Sometimes getting it to run can be a bit of a burden (Normally an OS issue).

Observation – While on my MAC I was setting up a VM via the Web Host Client and I need to mount an ISO. When I right clicked on the VM I choose ‘Launch Remote Console’ vs. the normal ‘Download VMRC’

After clicking I was prompted to choose Fusion

And there it was… a simple way to work with VM’s via Fusion!  From there I mounted my ISO and started the rebuild of my home lab.

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Fusion 8 Macintosh Keyboard Commands

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I use a MAC Powerbook with VMware fusion on a daily basis. One item that I look for from time to time is how to translate “PC” style keypresses (Print Screen, Function keys, etc) from the MAC keyboard into the Windows OS.

I’ve located these great KB’s around working with the MAC Keyboard and Fusion

Tips on using a Macintosh keyboard (1001675)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1001675

Sending print screen commands to virtual machines running in VMware Fusion (1005335)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1005335

Fusion 8 — Using Mac Keyboards in a Virtual Machine

https://pubs.vmware.com/fusion-8/topic/com.vmware.fusion.using.doc/GUID-AFA596FD-7F5F-472F-BA5C-D54F84A61554.html

 

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Caching your Windows 8 Domain Credentials when you have a Web Based SSL Connection

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I was setting up a fresh Windows 8 Fusion 6 VM last weekend and realized I needed to cache my domain credentials.

However the only way I could access the domain was via a browser based VPN and I could only access this VPN after I logged in locally.

With only the ability to logon locally and then launch the web based VPN I was prompted for my password and security keys multiple times a day – Not a fun experience.

Here is how I solved this issue…

  1. Logged in with my local account
  2. Attached to the VPN
  3. Added my Windows 8 VM to the domain
  4. Added my domain account to a Local group (Admins of course)
  5. Rebooted
  6. Logged in with my local account
  7. Attached to the VPN
  8. Closed all Internet Explorer (IE) windows, held down CTRL+Shift, right click on IE, and finally choose ‘Run as Different User’ (PIC1)
  9. I typed in my domain user account/password and allowed IE to load << This should cache your credentials (PIC2)
  10. Close all windows, restart, and I was able to logon with my Domain Account
  11. Attached to the web based VPN and viola… all is working well

Pic 1 – hold down CTRL+Shift then right click on IE, and finally choose ‘Run as Different User’

PIC 2 – Enter your Credentials

Summary – Using ‘Run as Different User’ apparently helps to cache the domain credentials locally. Your experience may vary depending on your rights as a domain user and the security policies enforced in your domain.