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How to reduce the size of VMware disk

There are three steps: Defragment (no need to un/remount anything) sudo e4defrag / Ignore any errors. Some files like symlinks and device files can't be defragmented. Zero-fill all unused space so ...
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VMWare doesn't boot Windows 10 Installer

I had the same issue. My solution was to recreate the VM, select Advanced when installing, and choose BIOS instead of UEFI. If you don't want to have to recreate your VM, just click on it in the ...
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From VMware and Fedora 29 ssh to remote machine cause Broken pipe

$ cat ~/.ssh/config Host * IPQoS=throughput After add such ssh configuration file, the problem disappears. Update: scp command have to use this way: $ scp -o 'IPQoS=throughput' ...
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What are these VMWare instructions actually doing? (Disabling device guard and removing EFI variables)

mountvol X: /s Mounts the EFI system partition on to Drive X: copy %WINDIR%\System32\SecConfig.efi X:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\SecConfig.efi /Y Copies the C:\Windows\System32\SecConfig.efi to X:\EFI\...
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Run VMware Player with no GUI(Headless) by editing .vmx file

The terminology you're looking for is to run VMs (not VMware Player, which is actually a UI to interact with the VM) headless. Close all VMware Workstation and Player instances and try editing your ...
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How do I convert a VirtualBox VDI file to a VMware vdmk?

Here's an updated answer as of version 5.0.14, shown below: From the main window, click the File menu and select "Virtual Media Manager" or simply use the shortcut Ctrl+D. Select the disk you want ...
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Why VMWare Player missing the vmnetcfg.exe utility and where to get it?

UPDATED: 8/22/2018 The VMware Player 14 doesn't contain vmnetcfg.exe. You need to extract it from the VMware Workstation 14 full version. The folder names and location of it has changed. Firstly ...
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Could not connect Ethernet0 to virtual network --- VMnet0 is missing

I had this issue but in Linux, and I fixed it by this command in terminal: sudo systemctl start vmware-networks.service
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Why VMWare Player missing the vmnetcfg.exe utility and where to get it?

Update (VMWare Player 12): It's possible to extract vmnetcfg.exe from the VM Workstation installer using 7Zip File Manager. Install 7Z (http://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1604-x64.exe) Download VMWare ...
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How to create a shortcut to a VMWare Workstation Player 15 VM?

tl;dr: Required command vmplayer.exe HelloWorld.vmx First find the vmplayer.exe executable full path. Default path is: "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmplayer.exe" Run that path with ...
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Can Windows XP be run on an SSD as a VMWare guest OS?

if you're operating system supports trim, which they all just about do these days, you can install Windows XP as a virtual machine guest I'd say that's mostly a false claim (I mean for the fact that ...
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VMware Player "Bridged" networking no longer works - host=win8.1 guest=Mint 17 Linux

I found that in VMware Player, there is no network editor. However, you can specify which adapter to bridge to, and that resolved the problem for me. In the screen below, both adapters were selected. ...
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How do I stop VMware player from resizing?

Rename or delete C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMWareResolutionSet.exe in the VM to prevent the resize while keeping VMWare Tools installed. Credit goes to @Moritz Both
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VMWare doesn't boot Windows 10 Installer

Browse to the folder containing your VM and open the .vmx file in Notepad or the editor of your choice. Then, scroll to the bottom and add this line to the config file. firmware = "bios" Works like ...
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How to reduce the size of VMware disk

Thinning (shrinking) VMDK disks on ESXi / vSphere Linux Guests Note: "Shrinking" is often used interchangeably to refer to the process of reducing the size of a thin-type disk file. VMware ...
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Install Windows on VMWare using USB flash drive

I can confirm that booting from USB is possible without any 3rd-party utils like "Plop Boot Manager". Just did it on VM Workstation 15 Pro (15.5.1). Here's what you need to do to boot from USB: ...
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How to disable mouse integration in VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Pro has checkboxes in its Preferences dialog to disable soft (motion) grab and ungrab, but VMware Workstation Player does not have any graphical UI to configure this. You can, ...
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Taking a VmWare Player snapshot

No. VMware Workstation Pro is much more advanced and comes with powerful features including snapshots (...) From FAQ (source) But, you could just pause the VM and copy the VM folder (source)
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Multiple monitors not working VMware 16 Player

Workaround: Go to File -> Preferences and select Light as your color theme. You should now be able to use the Choose a monitor layout menu as expected. I tested this workaround on different ...
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Can Windows XP be run on an SSD as a VMWare guest OS?

you're operating system supports trim, which they all just about do these days, you can install Windows XP as a virtual machine guest. This depends on your virtual disk configuration. If you're using ...
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Can Windows XP be run on an SSD as a VMWare guest OS?

SSD's will wear. SSD's will do wear-leveling regardless. TRIM is simply a means to reduce wear and make wear-leveling more efficient. TRIM is only one method, over-provisioning another. If we're ...
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Could not connect Ethernet0 to virtual network --- VMnet0 is missing

Use "Restore Defaults" in the Virtual Network Editor
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VMware Player "Bridged" networking no longer works - host=win8.1 guest=Mint 17 Linux

The only thing that fixed my connection was to add another network adapter (NAT) on top of the existing one. Manage -> Virtual Machine Settings -> Add -> Network Adapter -> Finish.
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How to change the resolution of the TTY on Arch Linux

You can choose resolution editing GRUB configuration file /etc/default/grub GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x768x32 Also check this parameter to allow the kernel use the same resolution used by grub: ...
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How to reduce the size of VMware disk

Use sudo vmware-toolbox-cmd disk shrinkonly from the command prompt in your Ubuntu guest. (Tested on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS guest + Windows 10 Host + VMWare Workstation 12.1.1 )
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How do I stop VMware player from resizing?

I can confirm that @BinaryMisfit is correct on how to disable this. My setup: VMware Workstation 12 Player (Non-commercial use only) Windows 7 Professional (Guest OS) Already set the 'Smaller - 100% ...
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Access to vmware shared folder from linux guest

First off all you have to install/ update the VMware tool (Guest additions) Then create and set the dictionary from your Share Folder in Windwos Now run your virtual machine and open the File Explorer ...
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Why is the processor limit in VMware player lower than the number of physical cores on my CPU?

You should check the capabilities of VMWare Workstation 12 Player: Support for up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB disks, 64 GB of RAM, and 2GB Video RAM According to that, you won't be able to get more than 16 ...
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VMware Player loses internet connectivity

I tried a few of these solutions. Here is what worked for me with a Linux guest on a windows host: Open virtual machine settings Select the Network Adapter and click Remove Then Add... > Network ...
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