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  • Automatic deployment of VMware Player + one demo VM?

    Is there a way in which I can automate the deployment of WMware Player (which is free) on top of various MS-based client operating systems (lets say XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 )? After doing that automatic deployments, I would like to automate the copying of a folder that stores a demo VM, and boot it up in VMware Player.

    Is that possible?

    Issues I am facing are the fact that Player requires a reboot, which is nasty. Also, I would like to use ACE, but it seems that giving away demo VMs running on ACE requires licenses (or so it seems, am I correct?).

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

  • #2
    Re: Automatic deployment of VMware Player + one demo VM?

    From what I remember ACE does require licenses

    Try this to install your Player without a reboot
    Code:
    VMware-player-<version>.exe /s /v"/qn REBOOT=0"
    You could try these settings in the vmx file to try and lock it down a bit

    Code:
    perf.fullscreen.v5="TRUE"
    perf.fullscreen.nobar="TRUE"
    perf.player.fullscreen.nobar="TRUE"
    perf.player.fullscreen.v5="TRUE"
    gui.fullScreenAtPowerOn = "true"
    Of course you would need to script the installation and automate the copying of the vm files after that
    Maish
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    • #3
      Re: Automatic deployment of VMware Player + one demo VM?

      And also the most comprehensive list of vmx settings I know of
      http://www.sanbarrow.com/vmx/vmx-gui.html
      http://www.sanbarrow.com/vmx/pref-2-vmx.html

      And the full list http://www.sanbarrow.com/vmx.html
      Maish
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      VMware vExpert 2013-2010,VCAP5-DCA/DCD,VCP
      MSCA 2000/2003, MCSE 2000/2003
      A proud husband and father of 3 girls
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      • #4
        Re: Automatic deployment of VMware Player + one demo VM?

        Hi Maish, thanks for the links. Do you happen to know out of heart how I can configure Player to automatically load a VMX file instead of having to manually browse for it?
        Cheers,

        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
        MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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        • #5
          Re: Automatic deployment of VMware Player + one demo VM?

          You could always execute the vmx file which will open the machine

          Like this http://communities.vmware.com/message/674280#674280
          Maish
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          VMware vExpert 2013-2010,VCAP5-DCA/DCD,VCP
          MSCA 2000/2003, MCSE 2000/2003
          A proud husband and father of 3 girls
          ----------------------------------------------------------
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