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I'd like to suppress the "accept license" dialog (et al.) that appears when a user first launches VMware Workstation 8. I know that having a C:\Users\foo\AppData\Roaming\VMware\preferences.ini containing:

pref.eula.0.appName = "VMware Workstation"
pref.eula.0.buildNumber = "123456"
msg.autoAnswer = "TRUE"
hints.hideAll = "TRUE"

Will accomplish this on a per-user basis, however I'd like for this to just be the default. I tried adding these settings to C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini without success.

Is this possible?

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There is an All Users profile that lets you store custom profile data for all users. The data is overlayed on top of all user profiles, even existing ones and new ones that are created later.

So you'd just put C:\Users\foo\AppData\Roaming\VMware\preferences.ini into C:\Users\All Users\AppData\Roaming\VMware\preferences.ini along with any other files that may be required to ensure a consistent vmware profile. Be warned, however, that I haven't tried this, and it's entirely possible that VMware may choose to write their software not to even look at All Users, or Default User, or anything but the actual current user's profile.

The other option is to enforce a logon script that manually copies the files to the user's own profile if they don't already exist. Try these instructions. This is the more reliable method IMHO, because you're literally putting the file exactly where VMware would naturally expect it to be, and you don't have to worry about having two preferences.ini (one in All Users and one in the user's profile) and the possibility of conflicts, etc. You can just drop in a default copy of the preferences file, checking in your script whether or not it already exists before doing the copy.

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If a user would like those settings to be global, they can edit the config.ini in either of the following locations (I'm not sure how it inherits and which is the "master").

Windows Host: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini

Another copy located at C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini

Its possible the one you mentioned at C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini doesn't control the user specific settings, but only system specific settings.

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