Category Archives: Virtualization

VirtualBox:show menu in Guest OS

You can remove the menu bar from your Guest OS (View, Menu Bar, Show Menu Bar).

VirtualBoxMenu

But how do you get the menu back ? By default the shortcut key to show the menu is “Host-Home” (Host = right Ctrl key by default).

If you have changed the default key for the menu, be sure to check this key in the menu: Input, Keyboard, Keyboard Settings, Popup Menu before you hide the menu bar !

VirtualBoxInput

App-V Tools

Several overviews of App-V tools can be found.

Some links:

http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/virtualisation/app-v-faq-26-what-3rd-party-tools-are-there-for-managing-app-v/

http://www.app-v.info/app-v_tools.html

http://www.softgridblog.com/?cat=4

http://virtualization.vanbragt.net/index.php/reviews/glance-at-free/app-v-tools-part-3

http://virtualization.vanbragt.net/index.php/reviews/glance-at-free/app-v-tools-part-4

http://virtualization.vanbragt.net/index.php/reviews/glance-at-free/app-v-tools-part-5

http://virtualization.vanbragt.net/index.php/reviews/glance-at-free/app-v-tools-part-6

http://www.tmurgent.com/Tools/AppV4Tools.aspx

 

Very slow shutdown VMware Workstation guests

Check out the link below if you encounter slow shutdowns of VMware Workstation guests:

http://flakrat.blogspot.be/2011/12/vm-guests-take-forever-to-shutdown-in.html

In my case it reduced the shutdown time of Guest OS (on VMware Workstation 9.0) from several minutes to less then 30 seconds.

In a nutshelf:
Close VMware Workstation and add the text below to config.ini

prefvmx.minVmMemPct = "100"
mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"
mainMem.partialLazySave = "FALSE"
mainMem.partialLazyRestore = "FALSE"

Change VMware ESX root password

Method 1:
Login to the console as root (with the root password you know) and execute “passwd”.

Method 2:
– Start your VMware Infrastructure Client, pointing to the ESX server.
– Log in
– Click “Users & Groups”
– Double click “root”
– click the “Change password” checkbox
– type the new password in the “Password” field and in the “Confirm” field, and click “OK”

Method 3:
If you don’t know the root password anymore, see: http://virtual.bist.be/?p=101 for a procedure (see also http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1317898). Not difficult, but you’ll have to bring the server down first.