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Question for you guys, didn't know where else to drop this question but where better to than the server sub forum,

I would like to add an additional user to my desktop but want their environment to be a virtual machine. So when said user logs in they have their own install of Windows separate from my main one and no access to whats on my side of things.

Is this possible?
post #2 of 14

yes i'm doing it right now, install w7 in wmware player/workstation and edit the vmx file for the w7 with note pad and add this to the end

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usb.generic.allowHID = "TRUE"
usb.generic.allowLastHID = "TRUE"

and save, after reboot connect removable devises ( the ones you want like the second keyboard and mouse.)  you will need a second monitor though just extend  the desktop and move the vmware windows to the other screen and maximize and it will be whole other pc lol, good luck.  also if you dont have vmwork station, just download vmplayer its free.

 

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1033435


Edited by spice003 - 4/29/12 at 10:55am
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Thanks for the reply. I'm a bit confused though.

I want to use 1 keyboard and 1 mouse since it will only be one person sitting at this desk at a time. I think you may have misinterpreted what I'd like to accomplish. I'd like for the user account to be set on the host login screen next to mines but when the second account is signed into it be a virtual environment instead of the host PC. The way you mentioned I'm thinking I'd have to be logged into my account to run vmware and have it signed in at all times while the virtual os was being used via vmware.

I do have Vmware Workstation if that helps any.
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i dint think its possible to do it the  way you described, why dont you just enable guest account?

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i dint think its possible to do it the  way you described, why dont you just enable guest account?


Guest users usually have access to your additional drives, programs and certain directories. I'd like for this account to have no access to the host os and act as a completely separate PC.

So basically what I'm looking for is a way to be able to login and restrict access to a vwmare guest OS directly from the Windows Login Screen.
Edited by wholeeo - 4/29/12 at 11:12am
post #6 of 14
User / Group Policy Editor should solve your issue with that.
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I believe they would still have access to my apps and c drive. This is more of a permanent account rather than guest. frown.gif
post #8 of 14
On my home PC I dont have all the windows network and security (group policy, etc) stuff as it is at work. But even without all that all you will need to do is create a new User Group (or use User if youre in as admin) and set this persons' login to that.
So lets just break it down in steps

Open Computer Management (Administrative Tools in Control Panel)
Select Groups Folder from within System Tools -> Local Users and Groups
Right Click and select New Group
Give your group a name, description, etc
Click Add to add the user you want to restrict access (The advanced button will help find the user if youre having issues)
After entering the user click ok, then create, then close
Open a windows explorer session, and go right click on the drive/files you want to secure and select properties
Under the Security tab click Edit, then click Add
This window was just like the user adding window, you want to add the group to this part.
After selecting the group you created and clicking Ok you can now in the lower window select the access this group has to these files/folders/drives
You will want to select Deny on most (of which the options are pretty self-explanatory)


Now you can add whoever you want to this group so they cannot access those files while logged in under that profile.
I have not 100% tested this, so lemme know if it works as intended (I will explore other options when I get to work tomorrow if I have the chance)
post #9 of 14
Some one can correct me if I am wrong but I believe with Windows Server 2008 R2 + Windows 7 you can accomplish this.

In a domain environment two users should be able to use the same computer while loading two different environments. You would have your domain account with access to your local files on the pc/network, and when you log out and the other logs in (or fast user switching) they are loading an OS from a VHD (virtual hard disk) off of the server.

All this would be configured through ADUC and HYPER-V. I havent done any tinkering with this as of yet, but I think I have seen the option. It is something that I could try at home in my spare time.

EDIT: Screenshot of the option server side from ADUC...

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There's more than one way to do this, but none of them are very easy or worth the time IMO. I don't know of a way to do it with vmware, but I'm a hyper-v man so I dunno.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itproxpsp/thread/e83a63e4-fd9c-43ba-84f4-d496b06f5d29

That's how I would do it, but I'm not sure if the shell change is per user or global. Even if you do it this way, you need a terminal server or RDS server. Then the problem becomes local resource redirection (usb, optical drives, printers, etc.) and locking down the RDS/TS session itself.
    
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