VMware: VMRUN for Workstation 6.5, Server 1.x and Server 2.0

Ik kwam VMRUN tegen in een post op de site: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/virtualization-pro/ hier stond ook een link naar het volgende document: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vix160_vmrun_command.pdf.

Hieronder laat ik even wat opties zien:

Power on a virtual machine with VMware Workstation on a Windows host:
vmrun start "drive:\path to vmx\vm.vmx"

Power on a virtual machine with VMware Server 2.0:
vmrun -T server -h -u root -p <pass> start "[storage1] WinXP/WinXP.vmx"

Run CMD within the VM with VMware Workstation on a Windows host:
vmrun -T ws -gu <user> -gp <pass> runProgramInGuest WinXP\WinXP.vmx -activeWindow cmd.exe

List processes in a Linux guest, and kill the process numbered 8192:
vmrun -T ws -gu <user> -gp <pass> listProcessesInGuest Ubuntu/Ubuntu.vmx
vmrun -T ws -gu <user> -gp <pass> killProcessesInGuest Ubuntu/Ubuntu.vmx 8192

List processes in a Linux guest, and kill the process numbered 8192:

vmrun -T ws -gu <user> -gp <pass> listProcessesInGuest Ubuntu/Ubuntu.vmx
vmrun -T ws -gu <user> -gp <pass> killProcessesInGuest Ubuntu/Ubuntu.vmx 8192

Best wel een krachtige tool. Toch had ik liever gezien dat VMware ook voor Workstation en Server een powershell omgeving had gemaakt. Misschien komt dit in de toekomst nog.

Bron: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/virtualization-pro/starting-a-vmware-server-virtual-machine-with-vmrun/


VMware: Manage VMware Server with the VI Client

Eric Reitz posted the following steps on his blog about how to connect to VMware Server with the VI Client.

  1. You will need to install the Virtual Infrastructure Client (VI Client) 2.5.
  2. You will need to have your ports open if you have your firewall up the defaults it takes are 8333 (SSL) 8222 (normal)
  3. On the VI Client for server put in https://<servername&gt;:8333 or http://<servername&gt;:8222 or what ever ports you choose at install.
  4. Then add your Admin account to the host for Username and Password


In the following screen you will see the VMware Server overview within the VI Client:


Bron: http://theregime.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/how-to-connect-vi-client-25-to-vmware-server-20/

Release: VMware Server 2.0

Vmware heeft vandaag ook VMware Server 2.0 uitgebracht.

New Features in VMware Server 2

  • New operating system support: The broadest operating system support of any host-based virtualization platform currently available, including support for Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista Business Edition and Ultimate Edition (guest only), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Ubuntu 8.04.
  • 64-bit operating system support: Use 64-bit guest operating systems on 64-bit hardware to enable more scalable and higher performing computing solutions.  In addition, Server 2 will run natively on 64-bit Linux host operating systems. 
  • VMware Infrastructure (VI) Web Access management interface: VI Web Access management interface provides a simple, flexible, secure, intuitive and productive management experience.  Plus, access thousands of pre-built, pre-configured, ready-to-run enterprise applications packaged with an operating system inside a virtual machine at the Virtual Appliance Marketplace.
  • Independent virtual machine console: With the new VMware Remote Console, you can access your virtual machine consoles independent of the VI Web Access management interface.
  • More scalable virtual machines: Support for up to 8 GB of RAM and up to10 virtual network interface cards per virtual machine, transfer data at faster data rates from USB 2.0 devices plus add new SCSI hard disks and controllers to a running virtual machine.
  • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS):  Properly backup the state of the Windows virtual machines when using the snapshot feature to maintain data integrity of the applications running inside the virtual machine.
  • Support for Virtual Machine Interface (VMI): This feature enables transparent paravirtualization, in which a single binary version of the operating system can run either on native hardware or in paravirtualized mode to improve performance in specific Linux environments.
  • Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI): Support for fast and efficient communication between a virtual machine and the host operating system and between two or more virtual machines on the same host.
  • Support for VIX API 1.5: This feature provides a programming interface for automating virtual machine and guest operations.

Vraag hier je licentie aan en download de software: http://www.vmware.com/freedownload/login.php?product=server20

VMware: New releases

VMware heeft weer nieuwe versie vrijgegeven van Workstation, ACE en VMware Server.

  • Added new releases for Workstation 5.5.7 and 6.0.4, ACE 1.0.6 and 2.0.4, and VMware Server 1.0.6.
  • Added support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on Workstation 6.0.4, ACE 2.0.4, Visual Studio Integrated Virtual Debugger, and Eclipse Integrated Virtual Debugger. Also modified Workstation support for Visual Studio and Eclipse integrated virtual debuggers. See “Windows Vista” on page 33.
  • http://www.vmware.com/pdf/GuestOS_guide.pdf

    Je kunt de software hier downloaden:

    VMware: Portability between VMware Workstation and VMware Server

    Om VM’s die gemaakt zijn in Workstation 6 of hoger te kunnen gebruiken in VMware Server. Moet je de de Hardware version aanpassen.

    Dit gaat als volgt. Open de VM in Workstation (versie 6 of hoger) en klik rechts op het tabblad. Daarna klik je op ‘Upgrade or Change Version…’


    Zoals je ziet is deze VM gemaakt voor Workstaion 6. VMware Server (1.0x) kan hier niet mee overweg.


    Pas deze aan naar ‘Workstation 5’.


    Daarna kun je uit de volgende opties kiezen. Ik pas de huidige VM aan.



    De conversie wordt uitgevoerd.


    Nu kun je de VM kopieren naar VMware Server en opstarten.

    VMware: What VMware products support which VM OS?

    Rich Brambley van vmetc.com heeft een tabel gemaakt over welk VMware product welk OS ondersteund. 

    There are sections of installation instructions for every past and present operating system that is supported. What I am posting from this document is a very helpful table that is a quick reference of what VMware products support which VM operating systems. This table has been copied from the online version of the guide.

    This table makes it very easy to answer questions like: 

    • Is a VM running Server 2008 supported on ESX?
    • Is Vista supported in VMware ACE?
    • Does VMware support running Solaris on VMware Server?
    • Can I run Windows ME or Windows 98 in an ESX guest?
    • Is Netware supported in VMware Workstation?

    The answers to these questions along with every possible supported OS and VMware product combination can be found in this table:


    VMware: Unable to open network mapping libary

    De onderstaande foutmelding kan optreden als je een VM die aangemaakt is in VMware Server 2.0 Beta2 wilt gebruiken in VMware Workstation 6.x.


    Dit kun je als volgt oplossen:

    Open het VMX bestand en verwijder de volgende twee regeles:

    ethernet0.features = “1”
    ethernet0.networkName = “Bridged”


    Bron voor deze oplossing is een post van jensent1 in het VMware forum: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/127124