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VMware Tools Configuration Options

VMware Tools Configuration Options

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.

  • Time synchronization between the virtual machine and the host operating system

    Note: You can synchronize the time in the guest operating system with the time on the host operating system only when you set the clock in the guest operating system to a time earlier than the time set in the host.

  • Show VMware Tools in the taskbar

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.

Using the System Console to Configure VMware Tools in a NetWare Guest Operating System

Using the System Console to Configure VMware Tools in a NetWare Guest Operating System

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
vmwtool help

Summary of VMware Tools Commands for a NetWare Guest

Summary of VMware Tools Commands for a NetWare Guest

Each command in the following table must be entered into the system console after the VMware Tools command vmwtool. Use the following format:
vmwtool <command>

 vmwtool Command
 Definition
 help
 Displays a summary of VMware Tools commands and options in a NetWare guest.
 partitonlist
 Displays a list of all disk partitions in the virtual disk and whether or not a partition can be shrunk.
 shrink <partition>
 Shrinks the listed partitions. If no partitions are specified, then all partitions in the virtual disk are shrunk.
 The status of the shrink process appears at the bottom of the system console.
 devicelist
 Lists each removable device in the virtual machine, its device ID and whether the device is enabled or disabled. Removable devices include the virtual network adapter, CD-ROM and floppy drives.
 disabledevice <device name>
 Disables the specified device or devices in the virtual machine. If no device is specified, then all removable devices in the virtual machine are disabled.
 enabledevice <device name>
 Enables the specified device or devices in the virtual machine. If no device is specified, then all removable devices in the virtual machine are enabled.
 synctime [on|off]
 Lets you turn on or off synchronization of time in the guest operating system with time on the host operating system. By default, time synchronization is turned off.
 Use this command without any options to view the current time synchronization status.
 You can synchronize the time in the guest operating system with time on the host operating system only when the time in the guest operating system is earlier than the time set in the host.
 idle [on|off]
 Lets you turn on or off the CPU idler. By default, the idler is turned on. The CPU idler program is included in VMware Tools for NetWare guests.
 The idler program is needed because NetWare servers do not idle the CPU when the operating system is idle. As a result, a virtual machine takes CPU time from the host regardless of whether the NetWare server software is idle or busy.

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