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Skype Mix Minus – via: Joe Hecht – Google+

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/25

Joe Hecht on Skype Mix Minus – Google+.

Using USB audio mixers, Skype in VM, Virtual Sound Routing, and capturing video.

Awesome read!

–jeroen

Posted in Fusion, Power User, Skype, VMware, VMware Workstation | Leave a Comment »

Windows 8.1 on VMware ESXi 5.1: Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons are invisible but functional

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/25

(Another one in the missed schedule list: this post was scheduled for this morning 06:00)

When you run a Windows 8.1 guest on VMware ESXi 5.1 with the VMware tools that belong to ESXi 5.1, the Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons are invisible but functional.

It doesn’t matter how you access that VM:

  • Through an RDP session (from either the MS RDP client on Mac OS X or MSTSC on a Windows machine).
  • Through a Console Window from vSphere Client connected to the ESXi host (if that client does not run on Windows XP).
  • Through a Console Window from VMware Workstation connected to the ESXi host.

It is good to know that this is just a visual artefact, the Minimize/Maximixe/Close buttons still work:

I was having the same exact problem with my Windows 8.1 VM.  If you click the location where the buttons should be, it still works like they are there.

But he uses a solution that is not really the kind I like:

I opened Device Manager on the VM and then uninstalled the VMware Display Adaptor, including the software for the driver.  After doing that, I scanned for hardware changes and it reinstalled the display adaptor using a windows driver.

The youngest VMware Tools version it fails with on my system is this one: 9.6.1.1378637.

Uninstalling the driver from the device manager indeed solves the issue, but:   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in ESXi4, ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, Power User, VMware, VMware ESXi, VMware Workstation | Leave a Comment »

“There is not enough space on the file system for the selected operation” in VMware Fusion or Workstation

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/19

Both VMware Fusion and Workstation can give you the error “There is not enough space on the file system for the selected operation” if you expand the virtual disk of a virtual machine.

It occurs when there is less free disk space available on the host disk containing the virtual disk than the newly requested space of the virtual disk. In short: you must have enough room to store the original virtual disk plus the expanded virtual disk. This holds for VMware Player too.

This is a real problem if your main system has SSD only (like a Retina MacBook Pro) where there is an even bigger fight for disk space than HDD based hosts.

It is one of the reasons not only my main system has an SSD drive, but also an external USB3 SSD drive to temporarily make more room available.

–jeroen

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2014 and VMware Fusion has still no built-in “Clone this VM”. Workaround from VMware Communities

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/04

It is well into 2014 now, and VMware Fusion still has no way to Clone a VM like VMware Workstation can.

Too bad. Luckily, IrishMike posted a workaround for this about 7 years ago.

The easiest is if you keep these names very similar:

  • Display Name of the VM (that shows up in your Virtual Machine Library)
  • Name of the directory
  • Name of the .VMDK files
  • Name fo the .VMX files

I do moste of the editing from the console, and used this trick to edit text files from the console.

These are the steps to clone from “master” to “clone” with a little bit of post-editing from my side:

Re: How do we “copy” an entire virtual machine?

  1. Copy the directory holding all the “master” VMware Fusion files to a new one (lets call the directories “master.vmware” and “clone.vmware”).
  2. Inside the “clone.vmware”  directory, change all the files named “master.” to “clone.”
  3. Inside the “clone.vmware” directory, remove these subdirectories if they exist:
    – any directory ending in “.lck”
    – Applications
    – appListCache
    – caches
  4. Then in the same directory, edit the .vmx file changing all occurrences of “master” to “clone”
    – any “fileName” entry
    – any “displayName” entry
    – any “nvram” entry
    – any “extendedConfigFile”
    – any “checkpoint.vmState”
  5. Also in the same directory, edit the main .vmdk file and change the mane of the file from “master-flat.vmdk” to “clone-flat.vmdk”
  6. Then from the Finder or from VMware Fusion, open the .vmx file
  7. Finally tell VMware Fusion that you “copied”  the VM, so it gets a new hardware ID.

Then we’re off and running.

–jeroen

via: VMware Communities: How do we “copy” an entire virtual….

Posted in Apple, Fusion, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, MacBook, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Power User, VMware, VMware Workstation | Leave a Comment »

VMware Workstation 10, VMware Player 6 Regular/Plus, VMware Fusion 6 Regular/Pro: what to choose? (via: VMware Workstation 10 released Sept. 4 2013, but you might be fine with the free VMware Player 6 Plus | TinkerTry IT @ home)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/27

There is an interesting post by TinkerTry IT @ home | VMware Workstation 10 released Sept. 4 2013, but you might be fine with the free VMware Player 6 Plus that helped me making up my decision what to buy.

Basically you have these products on the non-server side of things:

(Note: you can find many downloads through Google search for site:www.vmware.com/go)

I bought these:

  • VMware Fusion 6
  • VMware Workstation 10

My reasoning: Read the rest of this entry »

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