Windows 10 can a vm run in VMware player/workstation if you switch users in Windows 10?

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I have never tried this.

If you are running Windows 10, and you have a virtual machine running with vmware's player or vmware workstation, and you switch user, would you still be able to RDP into the profile on that windows 10 machine that you were running the vm on even if directly on the desktop you switch users?  

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Yes, it works fine.   You don't even need to switch users.
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Hi,
well when you switch user the first user session is not closed, so your VM will still be running, while you are on another user session on this client PC.
If then you RDP this PC on the first user session you will get the already open session, but VMware Player / Workstation and your VM should still be running on your initial client PC.
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Just realized you're not asking about RDP'ing into the VM, but to the profile where you're running the VM.    So I don't think you can RDP into the other user's account while on the same PC, as when you RDP you're connecting to a PC ... and that will be the currently active user -- so you'd be trying to RDP to yourself.    My initial answer was based on RDP'ing into the VM ... which will work fine, as it's effectively a different computer.
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And for my understanding I was assuming you want to RDP this windows 10 PC from another PC...
Indeed, I agree, if you try to RDP this W10 machine on first session from the same machine with other session I don't think it will work !

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I believe this is doable.

First, in your vmPlayer Network settings,  you have to use a 'Bridged' network connection (Edit virtual machine settings -> Network Adapter). Upon starting the VM and Windows your DNS will then assign a unique IP address to the virtual computer.

Second, I would strongly recommend you give your Virtual Machine a unique computer name (Inside the VM - Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System), so that your virtual computer will play nicely with other computers on the network.

Once you start the VM, use the IP address assigned to it to RDP into it.
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As I noted in my first reply, it will definitely work if you're RDP'ing into the VM ... you can even do it from the profile/user you're running the VM in.

But as I noted in my 2nd comment, re-reading the question, the author indicates he wants to RDP into the "... the profile on that windows 10 machine that you were running the vm on ..." ==> i.e. NOT into the VM.    If that's correct, then you can't do it.

I suspect the OP may have MEANT to ask if he can RDP into the VM -- if that's the case, the answer is Yes, easily.    But a bit of clarification as to exactly what's being asked would be helpful :-)

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In response to GaryCase's very worthy comment, to initiate a RDP session all you need is the unique IP address of the computer being attached to and for the remote computer.

When you use a "Bridged" network connection in the VM, the VM is assigned its own unique address.. as.. the host computer still retains its own IP address. 2 different IP addresses means that you can simultaneously do 2 RDP connections (1 with the host, 1 with the VM) assuming they are each listening to the appropriate RDP port.

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