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Guest ACPI S1 Sleep

Workstation 5 provides experimental support for guest operating system ACPI S1 sleep. Not all guest operating systems support this feature. Common guest operating system interfaces for entering standby are supported.

By default, ACPI S1 sleep is implemented within Workstation as suspend. The Workstation resume button can be used to wake the guest.

With the following entry in the (.vmx) configuration file for a virtual machine:

chipset.onlineStandby = TRUE

ACPI S1 sleep is instead implemented as power-on suspend. The guest operating system is not fully powered down. You can awaken the virtual machine:

  • Using keyboard input
  • Using mouse input
  • Through programming the CMOS external timer
  • This feature can be useful for test and development scenarios.

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