Go to "System->Preferences->Keyboard" and choose or add another layout. With right-clicking the panel and clicking "Add to panel" a keyboard indicator can be added, which is useful if you want to switch between different layouts.
Newer VMware software allows to change the screen resolution by simply resizing the host window. It could be done also with the Preferences->Screen Resolution menu entry.
Whether the mouse is captured within the guest window depends on many factors. One of it is the version of VMware you are using in conjunction with the version of VMware Tools this appliance has installed. You could try all combinations of VMware cursor settings with screen modes if you have a Workstation. Other than that, some newer VMware software lets the mouse escape only through the bottom edge of the guest window, which must be visible (scroll down if necessary).
If you want to access files of the host system you have three choices:
The following two possibilites have to be installed and configured in the guest system. Both use the virtual networking adapter that can be controlled from the outside with the VMware software.
Note that the Debian 5.0 appliance has not the facility to start CIFS or SMBFS automatically during booting. To make this possible, you have to create the local boot commands file on your own. For CIFS and SMBFS there have to be folders shared by the host system so that something can be accessed.
This is useful for making the image files in the host system smaller. The 10GB disk will grow but not shrink automatically. Shrinking is done with the VMware-toolbox.
This may be necessary after updating the Debian distro with security fixes via Synaptic. Unfortunately this involves a removal of the currently installed tools and likely a compilation of some modules of the new ones.
You will need the VMware Tools! Currently these are not included in the VMware Player but e.g. in the Workstation. However, the following description can be executed also with the Player.
If you set up CIFS or SMBFS, you should backup the file /etc/fstab at this point, because the following will replace "fstab" with "fstab.BeforeVMwareToolsInstall" effectively removing the CIFS or SMBFS lines.
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