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Use an Existing Configuration File and Virtual Disk

Use an Existing Configuration File and Virtual Disk

Upgrade VMware Tools to the new version following the instructions for your guest operating system in Installing VMware Tools. You should not remove the older version of VMware Tools before installing the new version.

A virtual machine set up in this way should run without problems. However, you will not have the benefits of certain new features, including improved sound quality, support for taking a snapshot while the virtual machine is running and improved virtual disk formats.

Note: The first time you power on the virtual machine under VMware Workstation 4, Workstation updates the CMOS. As a result, your guest operating system may detect hardware changes and install new drivers for the new hardware even if you do not choose File > Upgrade Virtual Hardware. Similarly, if you switch back to VMware Workstation 3, your guest operating system may detect hardware changes and install the appropriate drivers. You should expect to see this behavior each time you switch from one version of VMware Workstation to the other.

Windows hosts: At the time you install VMware Workstation 4, the installer offers to convert virtual disk .dsk filenames to use the .vmdk extension introduced with version 3. If you still have virtual disks using the .dsk extension and if you are storing virtual disk files on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 host, it is especially important that you allow VMware Workstation to make this change in order to avoid conflicts with the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 System Restore feature. The .vmdk extension can be used for virtual disks under any VMware product. VMware Workstation 4 automatically updates references to the virtual disk files in configuration files on the host computer. If you are using the same virtual disk file from any other computer, you need to update the configuration files with the new filename. For details, see Updating Filenames for Virtual Disks Created with Earlier VMware Products.

Linux hosts: The first time you run a virtual machine after installing VMware Workstation 4, Workstation offers to convert virtual disk .dsk filenames to use the .vmdk extension introduced with version 3. If you still have virtual disks using the .dsk extension and if you are storing virtual disk files on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 host, it is especially important that you allow VMware Workstation to make this change in order to avoid conflicts with the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 System Restore feature. The .vmdk extension can be used for virtual disks under any VMware product. VMware Workstation 4 automatically updates references to the virtual disk files in configuration files on the host computer. If you are using the same virtual disk file from any other computer, you need to update the configuration files with the new filename. For details, see Updating Filenames for Virtual Disks Created with Earlier VMware Products.

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