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I have a few VMs that I am moving between two hosts every so often. Every single time VMware will prompt me whether I moved or whether I copied it (not affecting or affecting the MAC address respectively).

Since ACE was retired with VMware Workstation 8, how can I configure my VMs such that VMware will not prompt and assume either of the offered answers?

Affected VMware versions: VMware 9 and 8.

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The VMware KB article Changing or keeping a UUID for a moved virtual machine explains the concept of unique identifier (UUID) and offers a solution that involves editing the VM configuration file (.vmx) and adding the line :

uuid.action = "keep"

This should always keep the existing unique identifier (UUID).

It is not specified starting from which version was this added to all VMware products.

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I need to see whether this works for encrypted VMs, though. And whether it works on VMware Workstation at all. Thanks for answering. –  0xC0000022L Sep 9 '13 at 19:27
Does the job, but one doesn't get around decrypting the VM end then re-encrypting it, it seems. Thanks. –  0xC0000022L Sep 9 '13 at 20:26

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