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VMWare Fusion 06 Aug 2008 21:12 #92

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I am ready to install VMWare Fusion on several Macbooks for the purpose of running Windows XP Professional.



I noticed though that the Windows XP Pro emulation file sits in the Users local Documents folder. In this case, it sits in my folder.



How do I change this so if the package is shared with another user, the emulation file is placed into their Documents folder?


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You can use the DesktopOwner feature of the FileWave Client. Place the VM Ware files in /Users/DesktopUser in your Fileset.



Then each client has a preference for which local account should be used to activate user specific files. If you've configured your clients this way, you'd be able to make the delivery.



If you've not specified a DesktopUser in each client pref, then the best solution would be to use the copyToAllUsesrs script and rather than copying the disk image, you might try activating the disk image to /Users/shared/Documents, then copy symlinks to the VMWare folder containing the files to each users Documents folder.



[url=http:///download.php?file=copyFileToAllUsers.sh.zip]Download the Copy to All Users Script[/url]



You will need to edit the script to fit your needs.



Post back with any questions on how to use it.

VMWare Fusion 07 Aug 2008 17:11 #521

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All clients were set to the admin account on each machine since the accounts are managed in WGM.



So, I guess I will use the script. It isn't such a big problem to use since there is typically only one user per laptop.


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OK. I looked over the script.



I think I am going to try and use the Shared Documents approach. Seems easier to manage than putting the 5+gigabite XP file in each users Documents folder.



How will I then make this work?


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In looking into this case, I found that you can have the Virtual Disk in any location on the hard drive.

I would recommend the following

- Move the folder Virtual Machines from you user's Documents folder to /Library
- Launch VMWare by double clicking on your XP Image in the /Library/Virtual Machines folder
- Move the file com.vmware.fusion.plist from your user's Library/Preferences folder to /Library/Preferences
- Copy the Virtual Machine directory from /Library into a Fileset in the same location
- Copy com.vmware.fusion.plist from /Library/Preferences into a Fileset in the same location
- Update model and when download is complete, you should be able to launch VMWare from the Applications folder and you should see you Windows XP disk as a selection.

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What should the permissions be on the files?


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I'd recommend root staff 664 but also be sure to test that in your environment.

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Almost there... I was able to get the program running and the XP .vmwarevm file moved over to the client machines. However, when I run the program, I get an error that says:

Failed to connect to peer process

The console comes up with:

VMware Fusion Error:
VMware Fusion unrecoverable error: (vmx)
NOT_IMPLEMENTED bora/vmx/main/vmmonPosix.c:1329
Please request support.
To collect files to submit to VMware support, run "/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vm-support.tool".
We will respond on the basis of your support entitlement.

The message boards for VMWare says to reinstall ([url=http://http://communities.vmware.com/thread/109272?tstart=0]http://communities.vmware.com/thread/109272?tstart=0[/url]). This is something I would not like to do. For the time being I set the VMWare install I have on my test machine to "Left Behind" and ran an update. The update could not be run. There was an error that I posted below...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2754041307_27f75e9127.jpg?v=0


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The kext error is generally due to problems with permissions. All files and folders within the Kext need to be owned by root, group wheel. Files need to be 644 and folders need to be 755. Please have a look at your Fileset and verify/change the permissions and ownership on the kexts as needed.

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I checked the permissions and even went so far as to set everything in the set to 777. Unfortunately, same problem coming up. I tried to use FileWave Magic to recreate the set and could not get it to work.



Any other ideas to try and get this working? In the meantime, I have deleted the set and am installing VMWare Fusion on the machines that require it.


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James,



You should be able to deploy Fusion as a pkg. Coupled with your deployed license files, it may very well work the first time. Keep your current fileset self-healing and send out the pkg -- that pkg should have the necessary pre and postflight scripts.



In the long term, we'll work on making a vmware fileset and post a whitepaper on the subject.

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Sounds great. Will try it that way. Thank you!


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