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    I'm using Workstation Player 12.5.2 build-4638234 (latest?) on an Ubuntu 16.04 (4.4.0-57-generic), with an Ubuntu 16.04 (same) guest. The wifi network I'm connecting to has a small (5 mins) DHCP lease time. (This setting is out of my control.) As a result, the host renews the DHCP config quite often (2-5 mins), and every time it does, the guest experiences a small network disconnect. This causes, for instance, a web browser running on the guest to often report pages as unavailable. This is very annoying, and it's something that doesn't happen with a browser running on the host. I'm trying to understand if there's a way to avoid such "hiccups". Specifically, why does the guest network adapter have to go down&up for every such event?? Thanks!


    My detailed network settings are below:


    - The host uses a wifi connection, managed by NetworkManager, with DHCP.


    - The VM has 2 virtual network adapters, one NAT and one host-only. Both are set to use fixed IPs. The host-only adapter has no issues. Here is the config for the NAT adapter:


    # /etc/vmware/vmnet8/dhcpd/dhcpd.conf

    allow unknown-clients;
    default-lease-time 1800;                # default is 30 minutes
    max-lease-time 7200;                    # default is 2 hours
    subnet netmask {
            option broadcast-address;
            option domain-name-servers;
            option domain-name localdomain;
            default-lease-time 1800;                # default is 30 minutes
            max-lease-time 7200;                    # default is 2 hours
            option netbios-name-servers;
            option routers;
    host vmnet8 {
            hardware ethernet 00:50:56:C0:00:08;
            option domain-name-servers;
            option domain-name "";
            option routers;


    - In the guest, both adapters are set to use static IPs through NetworkManager:


    # /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/NAT\ Network



    - Here is what I see in syslog during DHCP renewal, apart from other NM-related messages:

    On host:

    Jan  3 10:51:23 vmnet-natd: RTM_NEWADDR: index:3, addr:

    Jan  3 10:53:27 vmnet-natd: RTM_NEWADDR: index:3, addr:
    Jan  3 10:55:52 vmnet-natd: RTM_NEWADDR: index:3, addr:
    Jan  3 10:57:56 vmnet-natd: RTM_NEWADDR
    : index:3, addr:

    On guest:

    Jan  3 10:51:25 kernel:[286522.503468] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Down
    Jan  3 10:51:31 kernel:[286528.515317] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None
    Jan  3 10:53:29 kernel:[286646.747963] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Down
    Jan  3 10:53:33 kernel:[286650.756319] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None
    Jan  3 10:55:53 kernel:[286791.025117] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Down
    Jan  3 10:55:57 kernel:[286795.059015] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None
    Jan  3 10:57:57 kernel:[286915.279562] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Down
    Jan  3 10:58:01 kernel:[286919.287363] e1000: ens33 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None

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    I have a number of Windows XP and Windows 7 virtual machines installed on my Win10 host that have worked fine for months.

    Today I had two Win 7 machines started and started a Win XP one, the performance on the XP VM was extremely slow or stalled for minutes at a time. The Win 7 machines were still running OK.

    I tried closing all other VM's and XP was still slow, tried a XP and host reboot and XP still slow (10 mins to restart XP).

    I have also tried another two WinXP VM's and they are also slow.

    I moved one of the XP VM's to another host and it goes fine.


    XP task manager shows 100% cpu usage with ~95% kernel times. Host machine is around 20% usage and still responds OK.

    Any suggestions?

    VMware is also saying the vmware tools are out of date and no 3D graphics will be avail.

    Not sure if related but this morning I also couldn't log in to my host Win10 profile until I tried a windows update (no updates) and then restarted (as suggested on forums).

    I might try a different user profile when this XP finishes updating vmware tools (40 mins into it so far, zzzz)


    Update: Feb 13

    Tried on a different profile and same, reinstalled VMware and still the same (XP VM slow, Win7 VM fine).

    Looks like the main slow point is disk access, with nothing running I can bring up the start menu pretty quick. Updating the tools took around 1.5 hours.

    Tried running an xp vm that a colleague had made with workstation and it was set to use 8 cores and it near froze the host.

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    I am thinking to move from VirtualBox to VMWare, but I have a question about the license.

    If I buy the Workstation Player, can I use the same license in both Linux and Windows version?


    I will use it in two different locations:

    - When I work for a enterprise client that only allow connect to the network windows machines, so I'm using windows as host and linux as guest.

    - When I am working for other startups and small companies that allow to use linux, so I'm using linux as host and windows as guest.



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  • 02/05/17--14:26: I need help
  • I get Darwin kernel panic on mac os x 10.9 and above but I'm most stable on 10.7.3 mac os

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  • 02/12/17--16:02: Virtualization technolog
  • Hello, can you help me?

    After enable "virtualization technology" in bios, vmware have lags! how to fix this??

    maybe problem in graphic memory, i dont know...

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    Hi. I'm using VMware Workstation Player 12 (12.5.2 build-4638234). Two days ago, I had started getting BSOD, when I run my Ubuntu guest machine. It starts, works about 15 sec - 2 min and then computer freezes and CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT occurs. I tried to reinstall VMWare with and without Enhanced Keyboard Driver, downgrade to the previous version, but nothing helps me. All VMWare services are running and Hyper-V is disabled.


    I've a fresh install of Windows 10, Two days ago it all worked great. And I'm really necessary to use my VM, but it's impossible to do something within guest system.


    I really appreciate any help. Please contact me if you experienced this kind of problem. Thanks!

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    Hi all,


    I use ghost to clone a *.vmdk file.
    Then create a new VM and locate disk to the *.vmdk file,

    but it show error when power on.


    "Virtual device 'ide1:0' will start disconnected."


    Did anyone have same problem?

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    What is the difference between VMware Player 7, which I've been using for close to a year (and earlier versions before that), and VMware Workstation 12 Player which has just been released, both of which are available on the same download page. Is it simply a name change for the latest version? And if so, why isn't it offered as an update from within VMware Player 7?


    I tried installing v12 over v7 in a VMware Fusion 8 Pro Win 7 Pro VM and the installation simply wouldn't work, essentially grinding to a halt when the v12 Tools were being installed. I eventually tried uninstalling Tools from the v7 guest, then uninstalling v7, and then installing v12. While that worked, the v12 Tools still failed with an ongoing problem with video support and guest screen resolution.


    Up until now, progression from one version of Player to another has been problem-free. Is the issue with VMware Workstation 12 Player, or is it, perhaps, with Fusion 8 Pro, which seems to have its own Tools installation problems?

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    Hi all,


    We are using VMware Player version 6.0.1 running on windows server 2008 R2

    We converted one of the system's symantec backup (windows 2003 OS) to vm using VMware vCenter Standalone Converter V 5.5 (selected VMwae player 6.0.x during conversion)

    Host OS : Windows server 2008 R2

    Guset OS: Windows Server 2003 R2



    we are facing the following problems.


    1. when we played Virtual machine, it was very slow and we cant install VMtools, so we entered into safe mode(safe mode system works fastly)

    2. In Safemode, when we tried to install we got some DLL error (see the attached picture), log files also attached for your reference.

    3. By installing VMtools on guset, will it be fast to work?


    Following this we tried and didn't worked for us. Anyone have the solution for this problem.


    Step 1:  Unregister Windows Installer, and then reregister Windows Installer. To do this, follow these steps:


    a.       Click Start, All Programs, Accessories and then click Run.

    b.      In the Open box, type "msiexec /unreg" (without quotes), and then press Enter.

    c.       Click Start, All Programs, Accessories and then click Run.

    d.      In the Open box, type "msiexec /regserver" (without quotes), and then press Enter.


    Step 2: Check to see if the Windows Installer service is running.


    a.       Click Start, All Programs, Accessories and then click Run.

    b.      Double-click on the service named "Windows Installer".

    c.       Check the value in the "Startup type:” field. If it's currently set to "Disabled" change it by selecting "Manual" from the drop-down box. Make sure the service is Started.(Not started for us)

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    Good evening! I installed VMware Player 12 on Ubuntu, but during installation I get this error ...
    Anyone have any idea to solve? Thank you

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    Before I trashed my old Windows XP laptop I made a full backup using Norton Ghost. Now I created a virtual machine and restored the backup there. I even restored the MBR, partition info and disk signature.


    Starting the virtual machine results in a continuous bluescreen-restart cycle. Anyone have an idea what did I do wrong?

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    Trying to confirm whether or not VMware Workstation 12 supports memory over-commitment in the same manner that VMware Workstation Pro 12 does.

    I cannot seem to locate the Installation guide for this product. licensing for.

    The Pro version indicates memory and processor slicing is possible and supported.

    Trying to determine which product to acquire

    Thanks for your consideration

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    I recently installed Workstation Player on a Surface Pro 2. I installed Windows XP then Windows 7 x64 virtual machines. I use them to run StudioPrint, a RIP software for printing, and an densitometer device that is no longer supported under Windows 8 or 10.


    Using the Windows 7 virtual machine, the Studio Print Application was working fine, but I started getting error messages: RPC Server Unavailable, Preview Server Has Stopped Working, Action can't be completed because other program is busy.


    Now RIP software won't function. It will open but won't preview print images and stops working during middle of print job. (Studio Print uses different applications to sue a print job and to print a job.)


    I tried reinstalling the StudioPrint app, but the problems start occurring again.


    Any suggestions about what I should try?


    Thanks, Drew Harty

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    I am attempting to install VMWare Player but can't discover what I am missing.  I have gotten through the gcc install, make install, etc but hit the brick wall when I get to the VMWare Kernel module updater.  I googled the problem and did see some references to Debian with a workaround of "Use another supported OS".  Well, CentOS7 is definitely supported but I don't see what the problem is.


    I did install   kernel-devel, gcc, kernel-3.10.0-514.el7.src.rpm, linux-headers-3.10.0-514.el7.x86_64 (after a dpkg-query -s linux-headers-$(uname -r).  To open a support case with VMWare I guess I have to solve this on my own because I have not gotten far enough to register for the 30 day email complimentary support.


    Oddly enough I did have this running on a Debian box but switched to CentOS due to some video  driver issues


    Any ideas?

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  • 02/04/17--11:03: Linux / VMware Player
  • I've just installed the latest version of the VMware Player in a Debian (Jessie) environment.


    When I try to open an existing virtual machine (VMware)  2 errors occur:

    (Before posting a question in this forum I looked for solutions using google and found several possible solutions.)


         Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory.

         Please make sure that the kernel module `vmmon' is loaded

         Solution: mknod /dev/vmmon c 10 165 > /dev/null 2>&1


         Too many virtual machines are running.

         The maximum number of running virtual machines is 64.

         (No other virtual machines are running ....)



    Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions.



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    Dear VMware,


    I was evaluating VMware Workstation Player 12.5 to run a proprietary application that requires Windows XP. One of its functionalities involves printing.

    So I setup a new virtual machine with a printer, installed Windows XP SP3, installed VMware tools and the proprietary application. However, the host printers are not detected on the guest OS, so the application cannot print.


    When digging into the problem, I found that the ThinPrint service is not working on Windows XP. When executing e.g. TPAutoConnect.exe, windows complains about it not being a valid WIN32 executable.

    Most likely, the ThinPrint service was compiled using Visual Studio 2012+, breaking Windows XP binary compatibility. (BTW, according to this document, the ThinPrint version shipped with Player 12.5 should support Windows XP SP3 link)


    I ended up having to install VMware Player 7 to get the printer to work. However I would like to purchase a VMware Workstation Player 12.5 license, since it is for commercial use.


    kind regards,

    Banaan Voet



    Steps to reproduce:

    • Install VMware Workstation Player 12.5 on a host with a printer installed.
    • Enable Printer support in VMware Workstation
    • Create VM for windows XP and add printer device
    • Install Windows XP and the VMware tools
    • Attempt to configure the printer on the guest OS (FAILS)

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    I would like to ask if there could be problems after activating Bitlocker on a Windows-based VM host ... in general?


    We have many Win7-Enterprise-64 HP notebooks for our staff.


    Some of our software developers got their own notebook as a second machine (additional to their PC).

    They have VMWare Player installed on their notebooks to test several applications and PHP program code.

    Some VMs are Linux-based, some are Windows-based.


    We would like to activate Bitlocker on all laptops (full, all partitions, with TMP and forced Start-PIN) - but only on the VM host systems, of course.


    Is there something we should take notice of, concerning the VMs?


    Do the apps on the encrypted physical machine (for example VMWarePlayer) realize the technical fact the the host system is encrypted?




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    Assume I want to insert some comments into an *.vmx file:


    How do I mark these lines as comments?

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    Disclaimer: no flame-war intended


    In my company, our need to run VM starts to grow.  So we're thinking what software to use.  I'm very used to VMware's software and I have bought several versions of Workstation.  So I naturally am thinking about Workstation Player but my co-worker pointed out that it is not free for business use and suggested Virtualbox, saying that it's free even in business use.


    I'm not good at reading and deciphering those "end user license" stuffs.  Could anybody confirm me that in pure financial stand point Virtualbox can be freely used in business whereas Workstation Player cannot?  I mean, if that's the case, why would people buy Workstation Player supposing that both software are more or less the same?


    Or is there some hidden clause that actually prevent the free use of Virtualbox in business?


    Thanks in advance

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  • 02/28/17--13:38: unable to uninstall
  • I am unable to install the app, gets a setup cannot continue. The Microsoft Runtine DLL installer failed to complete installation. Using windows 10 home, don't know if that is the problem, saw that it could be a registry problem, but no problems in there according ccleaner. Attaching an msi log.

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