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Lab 0: VMWare Setup

The purpose of this lab is to familiarize you with VMWare. Though the lab is not graded, it's very important that you complete the steps in it so that you are ready for the subsequent labs. 

Using CIS Computers
The computers in the STEM center and in classrooms 828 and 829 are different from the other computers on campus. They are meant for students in CIS classes. Your regular username and password will not work. Use the following credentials on CIS computers:

Username: Student
Password: Cabri11o (a.k.a. funny Cabrillo)

It is not necessary that you complete the classwork on CIS computers. 

Using VMWare Web Interface
I have created virtual machines that you will perform your labs on. The VMs are setup specifically to match the requirements for your labs. The labs won't work on your home computers. There are two ways to access your VMs. VMware's web interface is in beta and may have some issues for you. You can access the web interface from this URL:

A link is also provided on the course page. Username and password Is an encoded version of your name where:
  • lll = first 3 letters of your last name (lowercase)
  • fff = first 3 letters of your first name (lowercase)
  • Ff = first 2 letters of your first name (first letter uppercase)
  • Ll = first 2 letters of your last name (first letter uppercase)
  • nnnn = last 4 digits of your student ID
username: cislab\lllfff194
password: FfLlnnnn

Michael Matera (student ID 1234-567890)
username: cislab\matmic194
password: MiMa7890

Using RDServer and the vSphere GUI
You can also access your VMs via the RDP protocol. On Windows you can download the vcenter.rdp file from here:

The rdp file has pre-set values that let you login. If you're using a Mac or Linux you will have to set the values manually in your software. The important values are:

Host Name: cislab.cis.cabrillo.edu
Host Port: 3389 (This is usually the default)

Your VMs
In class you will be assigned a VM to use. The VM will be created for you by me. When you are assigned your VM rename it to your FULL NAME if that has not been done already. Do not access other student's VMs. All activity on VMware is logged! Turn on your VMs and open it's console. Take a screenshot of the console for credit.

You may not be able to use Ctrl-Alt-Delete on your keyboard. VMware will do it for you if you select:

VM -> Guest -> Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete

In order to complete this lab you should have done the following:
  1. Connect to the CISLab over both the web interface and RDP 
  2. Claim your VM folder 
  3. Turn on your VM and open its console
Turn In
  1. Turn in a screenshot of your VM's console on Blackboard
  • 20 points for a screenshot