You can call the executable that is contained within this IE plugin directly from the command line. It opens up the VM window just as usual, but without the need to go through the browser or use another remote desktop solution. It's called
In order to do all that, you need to find the
If installed through IE, I guess it's in
Application Data\VMware Remote Console (Web) or something like that.
If installed in Firefox, search the Firefox profile for the VMware extension. Never mind that it doesn't actually work in FF, you could also install the extension in Firefox 2.0 or something and then extract it from the profile folder there.
Once you have located the
vmware-vmrc.exe file, place it somewhere in your PATH. Either just add the IE plugin folder or copy it. Important: If you copy it, you need the whole contents of this folder (all
dll files and executables), not just the
I 7zipped the whole thing for you to download in case you can't find it. Can't promise though that it's the latest version that works on all systems.
Once you have it in the PATH, you can call it from anywhere without having to specify the full path.
Call it like this:
vmware-vmrc.exe -h 127.0.0.1:8333 -u <user> -p <password> "[standard] machinename/file.vmx"
How to find out the name of your VM
"standard" is the name of the default container. The following two depend on the name of your virtual machine. It's the one you find under "Target" in the web interface. The
vmrun documentation has an explanation of that on page 7.
In your case, it should be named something like
"[standard] Ubuntu 64bit/somefile.vmx"
To find out the real name of the VM, you can run the following command
vmrun -T server -h https://127.0.0.1:8333/sdk -u <username> -p <password> list
This will list all the VMs you have in the correct format for the above command to pass. In your case it will be something like
"[standard] Ubuntu 64bit/something.vmx". The
vmrun should be somewhere in
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware VIX.
You could place the
vmware-vmrc.exe line in a
.bat file and then just call the batch file to avoid having to type this all manually. For example, you can create batch files for single virtual machines and put them on your Desktop. Then, just double click the files and the virtual machine window opens.