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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 Player "Bridged" networking no longer works - host=win8.1 guest=Mint 17 Linux

There is another, not so 'brutal' approach to fixing this. This has bit me more than once. Go to the VMWare Virtual Network Editor, and in the VMNet Information section for "Bridged", pull the drop ...
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VMware Player "Manage > Install VMware Tools..." is Disabled

Even though it seems obvious now, the issue was that the Windows 8.1 guest did not recognize a CD/DVD drive. I had to add one manually in the virtual machine settings. I also found that although the ...
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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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Identify an unknown IP in our network

I cannot provide a global solution to your problem, just a partial one. You can add this to the switch technique to widen your range of opportunities. If the user running the VM is connected to ...
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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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Identify an unknown IP in our network

I'm assuming the 20 clients are connected to a switch: Every switch mantains a table of every known MAC address on the table, and the table is in a format like this: Port Address ...
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Running VMware on Windows 10 (not the other way around)

VMware Player 7, which is still free for non-commercial use, has been tested and is working on Windows 10. Download link for VMware Player 7 can be found here: https://download3.vmware.com/software/...
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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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Disabling annoying VMware Player tool tip “To release input, press Ctrl+Alt”

I write down my Answer here, just because i cannot comment under Hide annoying VMware hint “To release input, press Ctrl+Alt” My Solution is same as the one Maxime Poulin mentioned in the link above. ...
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VMware Player "Bridged" networking no longer works - host=win8.1 guest=Mint 17 Linux

You don't have to disable the VirtualBox adapters in Windows. You can fix this within VMWare Player directly. Go into your VM Network settings, select Bridged, and then click the Configure Adapters ...
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What is the lastest working version of VMWare Player on Windows 7 32 bits?

VMware Player 6. Not sure why you tried to get it from oldapps, it's available from the official site
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How to install VMware Player 12 on 32-bit Windows 7?

VMware Player 12 is a 64-bit application. It cannot be installed on a 32-bit operating system What are the minimum PC requirements to install and use VMware Workstation Player? For a typical host ...
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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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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 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 I use VHD file to boot VMWare?

The latest version of VMWare player seems to play .vhd files out of the box. Create the VM using "I will install the operating system later." and then when the VM has been created edit its settings ...
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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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Black Screen On XP Guest

In the Virtual Machine Settings of the guest that is blank, under Hardware, Display, try turning off Accelerate 3D graphics. When I have the box on, under Linux Mint 16 (ubuntu), the guest will be ...
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Assign static IP to VMware Player guest on host-only network

See https://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/ws_net_advanced_ipaddress.html Basically, you have several alternatives: Set up a static ip address in the Linux guest. If that's the only guest you use, ...
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SSH to Vmware virtual machine with NAT network

-> Jump to the update As mentioned in the man ufw found here I would change the appearance of rule 4 to come before rule 3. Rule ordering is important and the first match wins. Therefore when ...
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VMware Player and Windows 7 firewall

To answer my own question, I examined the logfiles and found that VMware installed another two executables into the system directory: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\vmnat.exe C:\Windows\SysWOW64\vmnetdhcp.exe ...
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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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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 uses ...

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