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Import OVF VM Into VMware Workstation 8

VMware Workstation can import virtual machines packaged in the OVF format, the process takes little time and is surprising easy to follow.

From VMware Workstation go to File > Open…

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You are now presented with a window, on the lower right corner select Open Virtual Machine Format Images (*.ovf, *.ova) from the drop down menu.

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Browse to the location where the virtual machine resides and select it, click on Open.

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Now you can either choose to rename the virtual machine and modify path, the defaults work for me. Click on Import to start the process.

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Look at that progress bar, be patient.

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The newly imported virtual machine should now be usable in VMware Workstation.

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If you have any questions leave a comment below.

VMware: Taking Ownership of this Virtual Machine Failed

Could not open virtual machine: [vm name]

Taking ownership of the virtual machine is failed

This is an error that occurs mostly as the result of an unclean shutdown either because the host or guest didn’t have the time to properly stop operations. Fortunately this error can be solved with a few easy to follow steps.

VM Path

This is the type of error you will be presented with every time you try to start the virtual machine. Take note of the virtual machine path, you will need to navigate to where the virtual machine is located. Click on OK to dismiss.

VM Locked

In my case all virtual machines are stored in E:Virtualization(yours will be different). The VM I am looking for is Ubuntu 12.04 Server 64-bit.

VM Locked


With the VM directory open now search for all files with the extension .lck this are the files are responsible for the error. You have two options in order to solve the problem:

  1. You can move all files with the extension .lck to another directory that isn’t the same as the current one.
  2. Or you can do what I do and erase all .lck files. Only erase those ending with .lck.

VM Locked


Now go back and try to start the virtual machine. This time the VM should start like usual.

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Create A Bootable Deft Linux USB Drive In Windows

The Deft Linux team has made available two Deft Linux images for those of you who want to create USB bootable Deft installations. If you try to create a bootable installation using the provided ISO the result will be an unbootable installation

For this tutorial I will be using a 8GB flash drive, the installation will overwrite the contents of the target drive. You can choose the 2GB or 4GB image Deft Linux image, the 2GB image is considered deprecated but should still do the job. I recommend you download the 4GB image, it has everything you will need.

DeftPen_v710-usb_4gb.dd.gz – Gzip compressed Deft Linux image.
7-Zip – This application will decompressed the image.
Win32DiskImager.exe – This application will write the image in the USB drive.

Image Download And Preparation

While you can choose to download Deft Linux from any mirror, I opted to download mine from http://na.mirror.garr.it/mirrors/deft/usb/DeftPen_v710-usb_4gb.dd.gz

DeftPen_v710-usb_4gb.dd.gz is a compressed image, you will need a utility like 7-Zip to decompress the image.

Write The Image

For Windows I recommend a utility called Win32 Disk Imager available at no cost from https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+download. Download win32diskimager-binary.zip pick the stable version.

After decompressing win32diskimager-binary.zip open and click on Win32DiskImager.exe to start the application.

Only keep connected the USB drive you wish to write the image to (avoid accidental overwrite), in this Windows recognized my 8GB USB drive and assigned the label F:. Click on the Folder icon and browse to the location where DeftPen_v710-usb_4gb.dd resides.

Note : By default Win32 Disk Imager will only display files ending with the extension .img and .IMG, change the extension type to *.* and all other file extensions will be displayed such as .dd, .bin, etc. Select DeftPen_v710-usb_4gb.dd and click on Save.

With the source image selected you can click on Write to start the operation.

Confirm you wish to overwrite the removable drive by clicking on the Yes button.

Process is displayed.

If the write was successful you should be presented with a window informing you of the fact.

Reboot, but don’t forget to set the BIOS to boot from removable media. Depending on the system BIOS the options might appear different.


Deft Linux http://www.deftlinux.net/

New Virtual Machines: BSD Router Project (BSDRP)

BSD Router Project (BSDRP) is an embedded free and open source router distribution based on FreeBSD with Quagga and Bird. This is a 17MB download, you will need 7-Zip to decompress the contents. Due to the small image size I will update the image accordingly as updates are released.

  • CPU: 1
  • Memory: 128MB
  • Disk Space: 8GB
  • Networking: 3 Interfaces | NAT | Sound card: Enabled
  • Compressed using 7-Zip

BSD Router Project 1.1 32-Bit 17MB

BSD Router Project 1.1 64-Bit 17MB

New Virtual Machines Available: Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit and 64-bit

Precise Pangolin or Ubuntu 12.04 is now available as a virtual machine. Like always the specs are:

  • CPU: 1
  • Memory: 512
  • Disk Space: 50GB
  • Networking: NAT | Sound card: Enabled
  • Compressed using 7-Zip

Download from the links below:

Ubuntu 12.04 Server 32-bit – 382MB

Ubuntu 12.04 Server 64-bit – 377MB

VMware: Changes To The vRAM Licensing Model

After stirring some emotions VMware has made changes to the vSphere 5 licensing model, the new changes should dissipate the bad rep VMware received for making the unwelcome changes. I can recall conversing with other IT Pros where they expressed interest in competing virtualization platforms because they found the changes to be unfriendly to their operations and budget.

The chart below should help explain the new vRAM increases to the licensing model:

My Take

It’s always great to see a company take action when customers express disapproval of their actions. Users of the free VMware free Hypervisor will be specially happy after the new changes.

Now we can get back to running the Matrix on ESXi.

For more information visit the link below:

Changes to the vRAM licensing model introduced on July 12, 2011

Disable VMware Workstation / Player from automatically connecting new usb devices

Meant for convenience, but annoying after a while, VMware enables by default the option to “Automatically connect new USB devices” on all virtual machines this means the VM will grab the USB device away from the Host OS and connect it to the running virtual machine. While convenient, just because a USB device is connected to the host OS that does not meant I want to use it on the VM.

Disabling this feature only takes a few minutes, and can be re-enabled at any time. The only downside is that it has to be done on each virtual machine individually, at least that I know of.


First of all Start Vmware Workstation and select the virtual machine you wish to make the change to.

On the virtual machine Click on Edit Virtual Machine Setting

Select USB Controller > and uncheck Automatically connect new USB devices and click on OK to save the changes.

I would recommend you perform this steps every time a new virtual machine is create it.

Where Is My VMware Workstation License Key Stored ?

This is a simple trick that may be of some use in the future. If you happen to forget your license key and don’t want or can’t login to the VMware site to retrieve it you can simply use Regedit the Windows Registry Editor, don’t worry we wont change anything. No need for third party tools, Regedit can do the job.

Windows XP and Windows 7 store the information in different places follow the instructions according to the operating system you are using.

Windows XP Instructions

Begin by going to Start > and typing regedit in the Run box. Once the editor starts browse the path below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREVMware, Inc.VMware WorkstationLincense.ws.x.x.xx.xxxxx

Search for columm that starts with the name Serial, this is the location of the key its 25 characters long.

Windows 7 Instructions

Begin by going to Start > and typing regedit in the Run box/Instant Search Menu.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeVMware WorkstationLicense.ws.x.x.xx.xxxxx

Search for columm that starts with the name Serial, this is the location of the key its 25 characters long.

Note: In Windows 7 at the time of this writing you are given 2 options License.ws.7.0.e1 and License.ws.7.0.e2, e1 is the one that holds the key we are looking for.

VMware Player 3.0 is finally out and it’s loaded

I’m a bit late on this one but I could not let the opportunity to slip and congratulate VMware on the release of VMware Player 3.0 which brings useful new features to the table. It’s a well deserved upgrade for what I consider to be the least talked about member of the VMware family.

Previous releases as the name suggest could only play virtual machines made on other VMware products, the only significant setting the user could change was the memory allocation. With release 3.0 VMware Player gains (features I consider important) the capability to create virtual machines, install VMware Tools, edit existing virtual machine configurations and support for Windows 7/ Server 2008 R2. Clearly VMware is placing Player 3.0 as the first step towards a logical upgrade to the paid VMware Workstation.

New Features

  • Virtual Machine with Easy Install
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP Mode Compatible (you can import a XP mode vm)
  • 3D Graphics Improvements for Windows XP guests
  • Multiple-Monitor Display
  • Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA)
  • Drag and Drop Enhancements
  • On-Demand VMware Tools Download
  • Virtual Printing
  • VIX API for VMware Player

What’s not included among many things in VMware Player 3.0 are the capabilities to create snapshots, teams and record/replay just to name a few. It would not be wrong to assume that Player 3.0 is a mini-version of VMware Workstation. With the number of new features in Player 3.0 the only question remaining is when are you planning to upgrade?.

Download VMware Player
VMware Player 3.0 release note