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VMware Player (Linux), Add NIC to Host

It is quite difficult to find information on Internet talking about how to configure NIC for Linux VMware Player.
After studying installed files, I found out it has a command called “vmware-netcfg” which stores in “/usr/lib/vmware/bin“.

We can use this program to configure which NIC will be used for Virtual Machine networking.

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VMware cannot use NAS for datastore

If you are facing an error that you cannot use NAS (CIFS) for VMware Server datastore, you can change the service “VMwareServerWebAccess” Log On as from “Local System” to a local computer user account that have access right to your NAS.

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VMware Server cannot run file larger than 2GB on NAS

If you put VMware guest file on NAS, you may face a problem “File is too large”.

You can put  the following option in vmx file to skip file size checking.

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Virtual Server to VMware Server

Previously, I built my testing lab by using Virtual Server 2005 SP1.
Currently, I am running VMware Server 2.0 (64-bit) in my Vista box. And I am going to convert vhd file to VMware Server.

I downloaded VMware Converter 4 from VMware.com. I found that this tool can help me to migrate vhd file to VMware server easily (Very Easy).

Screens:

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Complete convertion.

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You can find converted file in your defined path.

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Add this VM to VMware datastore.

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VMware Server Disk Performance Tuning (Example)

I found my VMware Server (Version 1.09) Linux Host running very slow when one of the guest OS doing backup.

Whole system is not responding while doing backup. This made me crazy for long time.

Yesterday, I tried to do some research about Disk Performance tuning.

Finally, I tried these settings and it works for my VMware Server Linux Box.

You can open the configuration file *.vmx and add the following lines to the configuration file.

# VMware Disk Performance tuning
mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"
sched.mem.pshare.enable = "FALSE"
MemTrimRate = "0"

Wow, after adding it. Performance improved a lot :) . (Don’t ask me for the figure). I am lazy to do benchmark.

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Vista Diskpart: Extend Volume

I have a W2K3 VM that has a 16GB virtual disk. And I just assign 8GB for the volume. Recently, I found 8GB volume is not enough. I am going to extend this 8GB volume to 16GB volume.

This post is talking about how to use diskpart in Vista Repair mode to extend volume.

Steps:

1. Boot Vista DVD in repair mode
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2. Launch command prompt
run diskpart
list volume

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3. select the volume that you want to extend

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4. Run “extend” syntax

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5. Volume extended.

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Disappointed to VMware Server 2.0

I used VMware for many years. VMware is a very good software.

After VMware server moving to version 2.0, I started to compliant it in different areas.

One of the most important compliant is the console. The most powerful weapon of VMware is the console. But it is a serious compliant area in VMware Server 2.0.

I am very disappointed to VMware Server 2.0 UI. It is very difficult to use.

If VMware does not run faster, their competitor will replace their leading position very soon.

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