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This section shows the options available in a Windows XP guest operating system. Similar configuration options are available in VMware Tools for other guest operating systems.
To open the VMware Tools control panel, double-click the VMware Tools icon in the system tray.
If the VMware Tools icon does not appear in the system tray, go to Start > Control Panel.
The Options tab shows the Miscellaneous Options.
The Devices tab allows you to enable or disable removable devices. (You can also set these options from the Edit menu of the VMware Workstation application.)
The Scripts tab lets you enable, disable and run scripts that are associated with the Suspend, Resume, Power On and Power Off buttons.
Windows hosts: If the virtual machine is configured to use DHCP, the script executed when suspending a virtual machine releases the IP address of the virtual machine. The script executed when resuming a virtual machine renews the IP address of the virtual machine.
Linux hosts: The script executed when suspending a virtual machine stops networking for the virtual machine. The script executed when resuming a virtual machine starts networking for the virtual machine.
To run one of these scripts at some other time, select the script you want from the drop-down menu, then click Run Now.
To disable all scripts, deselect Use Scripts.
Note: Scripts cannot be run in Windows 95, NetWare and FreeBSD guest operating systems.
Note: Scripts in Windows NT and Windows Me guest operating systems do not release and renew the IP address.
The Shared Folders tab provides information on where to find your shared folders.
For more information on shared folders, see Using Shared Folders.
The Shrink tab gives you access to the controls you need if you wish to reclaim unused space in a virtual disk.
In some configurations, it is not possible to shrink virtual disks. If your virtual machine uses such a configuration, the Shrink tab displays information explaining why you cannot shrink your virtual disks.
You can configure certain virtual machine options such as time synchronization, CPU idling and device configuration with VMware Tools in a NetWare virtual machine using the system console. The VMware Tools command line program is called vmwtool. To see the options associated with this command, at the system console, type
Each command in the following table must be entered into the system console after the VMware Tools command vmwtool. Use the following format: