In This Chapter
Installing VMware Player
Creating and using virtual machines
Installing VMware Tools
Virtualization is a complex subject, and mastering the ins and outs of working with a full-fledged virtualization system like VMware Infrastructure is a topic that’s beyond the scope of this book. You can dip your toes into the shallow end of the virtualization pond, however, by downloading and experimenting with VMware’s free virtualization product, called VMware Player. You can download it from
This chapter is a brief introduction to VMware’s virtualization platform and creating and using virtual machines with VMware Player.
vSphere is an umbrella term for VMware’s virtualization platform. The term vSphere encompasses several distinct products and technologies that work together to provide a complete infrastructure for virtualization. These products and technologies include the following: