Posted on 2011-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I gave permission to install vmware in my pc long time back..
According to what I understood..using vmware anybody can use my pc from remote location..
when I login..
That means he could have watched my logins...or not..
Question by:nobleit
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    no, that's not correct.  It's not the same as VNC.  IF you installed VMware Server AND someone knew how to access the web-based console AND they had the right credentials to login with, THEN they could see the console screen of ONLY the virtual machines you had running within VMware Server.
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    Here is what is conceivable... if you had VMware Player or Workstation on your computer and it was running a guest OS (operating system), provided that your router and guest VM settings were configured correctly, then someone could very well control THAT guest OS, but not the host OS that has VMware software running on it.

    Here's an example to make this explanation a bit easier (and I'll use hypothetical information):

    - You have a Windows 7 computer with VMware Workstation installed
    - This installation of VMware Workstation has a Window XP install in it
    - VMware is currently running with Window XP launched
    - Your router has port forwarding set for remote connections
    - The Windows XP install has been configured for remote connections

    It is possible, with the above scenario, to have external (remote) connections connect to the Windows XP system while you are working on your Windows 7 system. This external connection would not have any access to monitor any of your activities when you use Windows 7.

    If I could put it simply, VMware allows you to have more than one computer installed and running in one piece of hardware (desktop or server). It is not a remote tool.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    If you have VMware installed (what version?), if you have created a Guest Virtual Machine on your host computer, users may access the Guest Virtual Machines via a remote location.

    But access any PC or Server depends on have access permissions setup, usernames and passwords, and also IP address of the PC/Servers to access.
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    To answer your question:
    "According to what I understood..using vmware anybody can use my pc from remote location..
    when I login..
    That means he could have watched my logins...or not.."
    --- The answer is NO.

    What else do you want to know?  I think all three of us who answered should get points.  Thanks.

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