An encrypted virtual machine is a virtual machine that has been secured from unauthorized use. A lock icon appears next to an encrypted virtual machine in the virtual machine library.

Note: You cannot create encrypted virtual machines in Workstation Player. You can only create encrypted virtual machines using VMware Workstation 7.x and later or VMware Fusion 7.x and later.


Obtain the encryption password for the virtual machine.


  1. Select the virtual machine in the library and select Virtual Machine > Power > Play Virtual Machine.
  2. Type the encryption password.
  3. Click Continue to start the virtual machine.