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netboy_541 08-07-2008 06:05 PM

Start a VMWare Session on boot?
Hello Folks

I have a debian box that runs 3 VMware servers. I am curious if there is a way where I can fire these vmware sessions up on boot. I had a situation where the power went out (exhausted my UPS's battery) and was unable to VPN into my network. I'd like to find a way to prevent this from happening again.

Thanks for any help in advanced!

unSpawn 08-07-2008 08:04 PM

If you run VMware server, then if you start vmware, open a guest, options, startup/shutdown, "On host startup"? Or else install Vmware Tools in guest and use 'vmware-cmd yourconfig start'?

netboy_541 08-07-2008 08:11 PM

i'm using vmware player, but i'll give that a whirl....

thanks so much!

unSpawn 08-07-2008 08:15 PM

I doubt it'll work with VMware Player, I mean isn't that the stripped-down thing? VMware server is available and is easy to install and configure.

netboy_541 08-07-2008 08:25 PM

yeah, i'm installing it right now.....

i figured that i would need to install server to do it.... no big deal.

it's compiling the kernel stuff right now... i'll let you know if i get it to work


netboy_541 08-07-2008 09:26 PM

well, that's weird. i installed it, and now i can't get it to browse to where i have them stored. i click on browse and it just sits there and does nothing.......


netboy_541 08-07-2008 10:30 PM

Ok - I figured it out, and I'm posting incase someone else gets this, as this stumped the hell out of me --

in order to resolve the browse problem

1. Open a terminal and su to root.


2. Change to the directory.

cd /usr/lib/vmware/lib/

3. Rename the file within that directory.


4. Create a new soft link for this file.

ln -sf /usr/lib/

5. Now change the the directory.

cd /usr/lib/vmware/lib/

6. Rename the file within that directory.


7. Create a new soft link for this file.

ln -sf /lib/

8. Restart VMware and you should now be able to use the browse option.
/etc/init.d/vmware restart

works like a champ!

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