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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

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.

idle [on|off]

Lets you turn the CPU idler on or off. 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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