Fun with VMWare

It seems it has been forever since I posted to this blog. I should be a better boy and do it more often.

Found myself today exploring the intricacies of VMWare virtual machine images. I don’t know if you have ever tried to set it up for a lab machine but it doesn’t like using a VM across accounts if people suspend the VM rather than shut it down.

Turns out that the problem revolves around file permissions. Just changing permissions on a couple of files in the suspended image allows it to run but gives a problem with graphics – the image comes up with a weird screen resolution. My current work around is to delete the file inside the package with the extension .vmss which does a force reboot on the virtual machine. Added the required line to the logout script and all is well.

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