Windows Installer credentials

When you run the windows installer, there’s a page in the installer that asks for you to provide your username and password.

There’s a reason for that and it has to do with how the Windows security model works and how Vimarun has been designed.

Here follows the technical explanation (you can skip this if you want)

Vimarun has two main components:

  • One is the user interface, you use that to decide which virtual machines should be started automatically, this is the part you directly interact with.
  • The other main part is the Windows service. This is the part that takes care of running the virtual machines and interacting with the VMware applications under the current user.

The Windows Service has to be run under the current user account. The reason for that is that otherwise you would not be able to interact with the automatically started VM once you login.

So it is essential that this service runs under your user account.

So in recap, for Vimarun to work you have to provide the username and password that belongs to your normal windows account under which you are running your virtual machines.

What if you want to install Vimarun on a computer that is logged into a domain under Active Directory?

The same principle counts, but now you have to also include the domain as part of the username during the install, so enter “<domain>\<user>” instead.
For example: If your domain is “contoso.local” and the username you login with is “John” then the username to use is “contoso.local\John” (without the quotes)