vmx file parameters

http://www.vmts.net/article/parameters.htm monitor_control.disable_apic= “TRUE” |”FALSE”
Disable VM APIC (interupt) Mode workload=”TerminalServices”
Enable support for Windows Terminal Service e Metaframe tools.syncTime= “TRUE” |”FALSE”
Enable/Disable Time Synchronization keyboard.typematicMinDelay = µs
Delay auto repeat autostart=”poweron”
Autostart VM when ESX start tools.remindInstall = “FALSE” |”TRUE”
Turning Off Warning about VMware Tools Version autostart.delay=”n”
Wait n seconds before to start autostop=”poweroff” | “poweron”
Autostop VM when ESX stop Gui.ExitOnCliHlt= “TRUE” |”FALSE”
Wait n seconds before to stop autostop=”poweroff” | “poweron”
Autostop VM when ESX stop autostop.delay=”n”
Wait n seconds before to stop gui.restricted = “TRUE” |”FALSE”
restrict user access to the GUI edit logging = “FALSE”
Disabling Logging for a Virtual Machine Created by ESX Server log.filename = logfile
Changing the Virtual Machine’s Log File Location on a GSX Server
for Linux Host or ESX Server System gui.maxconnection = “n”
Set n console max connection svga.noOffscreen =”TRUE” | “FALSE”
enables/disables the off-screen display buffer for a VM]]>

VMs don’t power up in Cluster in a Box ESX 3 – new disks.

http://kb.vmware.com/vmtnkb/search.do?c … SAL_Public Error message: Cannot open the disk ‘/vmfs/volumes//my.vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks
it depends on.
Reason: Invalid argument. Fix:
To fix this issue, run the command: # vmkfstools -c -d eagerzeroedthick This recreates the virtual machine without a lazy-zero configuration.]]>

damn … tried this and am getting:

The kernel defined by this directory of header files does not have the same

address space size as your running kernel.

Let’s see what happens if I recompile the kernel.

Virtual Center 2.0 DB settings

[2006-04-27 11:54:37.236 ‘App’ 1160 error] Failed to intialize VMware VirtualCenter. Shutting down… You need to make the change in your registry in:
the third one should be your password in a hash. You can just reset it to and then reset the password to on the SQL server as well to get VC started up. You then go into Admin / System Settings to change your password after that.]]>

Wasabi & Ginger – San Francisco, CA

Wasabi & Ginger
2299 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

This is yet another Chinese owned Japanese restaurant. The food isn’t bad.

Spider roll was awesome +10

Nabeyaki Udon was okay +5

Raw fish was okay, but not fresh as I thought it would be according to other reviews -5

Bathroom was typical, but faucet was broken -1

No “irashaimase” (Welcome at the door) -1

Waitress didn’t know what shichimi was (flavor for Udon) -1

Boss was around, so service was good +5

Free ice cream! +5

So overall, I’d say, this place is pretty good. It deserves 4 stars.

How to install VMware Tools in Trustix Secure Linux

How to install VMware Tools

This is taken from: http://www.trustix.net/wiki/index.php/VMwareTools

How to install VMware Tools

This has (so far) only been verified to work on VMware Workstation v5.5 and a TSL 3.0 installation with the following groups installed: “Minimal with SSH”, “Commonly used local utilities” and “Commonly used network utilities”; a typical, almost minimal, TSL system.

Required packages

You need the following packages installed on the system to get VMware Tools to compile the needed modules (other packages may be installed due to dependencies):


All in one using swup:

swup --install make gcc kernel-source glibc-devel

n.b. –ignore-filter may be required on TSL 2.2 to allow kernel-source to be installed.

Configure kernel-source

VMware tools won’t compile if you have not configured and prepared the kernel-source.

  • The kernel-source installs itself in /usr/src/kernel-source-<version>. You should link this folder to /usr/src/linux:
cd /usr/src
ln -s kernel-source-<version> linux

We also need to copy the kernel config file into our kernel-source:

cp /boot/config-<version> /usr/src/linux/.config
  • Lets prepare the kernel-source for VMware Tools:
cd /usr/src/linux
make oldconfig
make modules_prepare

n.b. With TSL 2.2 use ‘make dep’ in place of ‘make modules_prepare’.

Install VMware Tools

Having your TSL 3.0 installation active, release the lock (CTRL+ALT) and go to the menu and choose:

VM -> Install VMware Tools..

Mount the virtual CD-ROM containing the VMware tools and install the rpm there. Then unmount it.

mount /mnt/cdrom
rpm -Uhv /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-<version>-i386.rpm
umount /mnt/cdrom

Compile and configure VMware modules for TSL

To finish the VMware Tools installation we run the VMware tools configure script and it will compile the VMware Tools modules:


Answer yes to all questions and all but the X Windows display driver is configured. See below for X Window driver support.

Optimized network driver – VMXnet

When TSL 3.0 was installed as guest OS it found and installed the pcnet32 driver. You could stick with it, but I would recommend you change it for the optimized vmxnet driver which was just compiled. The following instructions are displayed after vmware-config-tools.pl finish to help you replace the network driver:

service network stop
rmmod pcnet32
rmmod vxnet
vi /etc/modprobe.conf /etc/mkinitrd/modules <-- change vmnics to vmxnet
tsl-fixboot.sh --install <kernel-version>
depmod -a
modprobe vmxnet
service network start

X Window

You need the following packages installed to have the X Window driver compile (other packages may download and install due to dependencies):


As always, you may install them all in one using swup:

swup --install xorg-x11 xorg-x11-devel

Now run vmware-config-tools.pl again to compile the svga driver:


NB! You may get a warning about not being able to compile the vmxnet driver. Just ignore that. You already have it installed if you followed the instructions above.

Please note, this will only give you a minimalistic xorg-x11 without gnome or another DE/WM. I would recommend you check out the Desktop Environment section to get a fully working and useful desktop.

If you get the error when compiling the tool: “The kernel defined by this directory of header files does not have the same address space size as your running kernel.”

The way I fixed it was just by using a newer version of VMware-tools. I used the source from ESX 3.0 and you can search on the web and you should be able to find it.

Speed Scrabble® – what an awesome game!

I’ve been a Scrabble fan for a long time. Because I didn’t do well playing it as a kid, I figured, I’m a grown-up now – the same handicap I had back then no longer applies, so I’m going to learn and be the best I could at it. I think a lot of the skills I learned playing Boggle helped me in Scrabble as well.

Anyways, a good friend’s wife, Barbara, just introduced me to a game called Speed Scrabble. Here’s a link to the rules:


We played pretty much that way except that we started with 4 tiles instead of 7.

I was instantly impressed after learning how much faster the game goes and how the flexibility of being able to rearrange tiles on the fly. There’s obviously a different strategy in playing the game and I’m probably going to play this game more often.