VMware What are benefits of a remote shared VM using VMware Workstation 8?

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I'm new to the concept of remote sharing for VMs.  I think I know what they are most useful for, but I can not find anything online that explains the purpose in enough detail to confirm what I believe is correct.

I have read that a remote shared VM can be shared by up to 100 people at the same time.  Am I correct that:
1)  Each remote user is seeing his/her own instance of the VM and that there is no interaction between users who are sharing the VM?  
2)  It is true that each user can connect and disconnect multiple times and they always connect to their own unique instance of the VM?
3)  There is data persistance unique to that user across that user's multiple sessions?
4)  A primary reason for a remote shared VM is to efficently allow multiple users to each have access to the services of the particular VM as though they had their own private computer which provided them the services?

What else am I missing?  If there is a tutorial avaliable that goes over this, I'd appreciate a pointer.
Thanks for the help
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Remote Shared VM in VMware Workstation 8.0, is a similar feature to what was included in the now VMware Server 2.0.

Virtual Machines can be hosted by VMware Workstation 8.0, and left running by the VMware Workstation 8.0 service, that are not tied to specific Windows Users sessions.

So depending on how much resource you have on a workstation CPU, Memory and Storage, you could leave many Virtual Machiness running, and then connect to them, remotely using the VMware vSphere Client or VMware Workstation 8.0.

In answer to your questions

1. Correct, you can assign permissions to Virtual machines for different users to access.

2. Correct, using the VMware Workstation 8.0 they can connect to "their" machines, based on defined permissions.

3. Correct, the Virtual Machines can be kept running, the data would remain.

4. Correct, but also note this is a Workstation product, and not intended as a full VDI solution.

See this VMware Knowledge Base article for further details on assigning permissions and what is called VMware Workstation "Server"



Thank you, this is the information I was looking for.  The particularly important fact that data for each user's instance is persistant and separate from other instances was one of the items that was most difficult to confirm.  Clearly (to me) that is the way it should work, but only if my understanding of the overall scheme is correct.  Thank you for provding that confirmation.

I will read further at the link you provided.

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