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Introduction to the Student Virtual Machine

The Student virtual machine provides access to a consistent Windows computing environment for students complete with software, updates and MIT specific configurations.

Things To Know About Your VMware Image

desktop icon One: Store data in My Documents folder or on Desktop.

Data should not be stored within the Virtual Machine, as there is no good mechanism for backing up data stored in the VM itself. To make it easy to store data on your host machine, the Virtual Machine has been configured, so that when you access My Documents or the Desktop, you are accessing the Documents and Desktop of your host machine.  This is called mirroring, and allows data to be stored on the host machine, where it can be included in regular backups. 
Caution: Files deleted from the Virtual Machine Desktop or My Documents folder will be deleted from the Macintosh Desktop  or Documents folder as well.

Mirroring must be manually enabled when the VM is run on a Windows Host:

Q: How do I enable Mirroring in my Student VM?

tools iconTwo: We recommend against overly customizing this environment.

Standard troubleshooting practice will be to download a new copy of the Virtual Machine. When you delete the previous copy of the Virtual Machine, all customizations and data will be lost, including additional software that has been installed. Before deleting any previous Virtual Machine, see: Steps to take before deleting a Virtual Machine.