Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Making VMware Server 2 work on Windows 8

Follow the following steps:

  1. Install VMware server
  2. Open regedit and look for this address
    1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\VMwareHostd\DependOnServiceand Remove "ProtectedStorage" from the list.
  3. Open CMD and write the followingsc create "VMware Host Agent" start=auto binPath="C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Server\vmware-hostd.exe"
  4. Restart your computer
  5. Start the VMware by double clicking on the icon on the desktop "VMware Server Home Page"
  6. Log in. If you are not able to log in, use your "administrator" user's name and password. For more info, read this (http://helpdeskgeek.com/virtualization/vmware-server-web-access-default-username-and-password/)
  7. If you already have a VM installed and moved from another computer,
    1. Click on "Add Virtual Machine to Inventory"
    2. Browse and Select the .vmx file
    3. When it prompts you "msg.uuid.altered:This virtual machine may have been moved or copied. In order to configure certain management and networking features VMware Server needs to know which. Did you move this virtual machine, or did you copy it? If you don't know, answer "I copied it"." 
select "I Moved It" and click "OK"

8. If such error comes 
"Power On Virtual Machine" failed to complete.
If these problems persist, please contact your system administrator.
Details: Cannot open the disk 'C:\Virtual Machines\Windows 2003-002\Windows 2003-002.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.

Solution

Reason: Failed to lock the file.", delete the .lck file from the VM's folder. These files are the lock files that should only exist while your VM is powered on. Delete the .lck files and power the VM up.