11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2008 7:53 AM by JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha RSS

    No Permission to access this virtual machine

    JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha Novice

       

      Hi all.

       

       

      Kind of a newbie stand point here. Just flopped over from PC to Mac (iBook 13) but need to have a PC for one piece of software (accounting).

       

       

      Everything's been going fine with VMWare Fusion but today I did a system back up with Silverkeeper (which I've done before without issues to Fusion) and now I can't access my Virtual Machine, getting the error report above.

       

       

      I've looked inthe knowledge base and can't find anything relevant, and have found some posts by Googling the error message but frankly it was all too complex for me.

       

       

      If you recognise this issue (and it might well not be related to the back up) andcan give me a (very simple step by step) solution I'd really appreciate it as I have to do my year ends accounts!

       

       

      Thanks so much

       

       

      J

       

       

        • 1. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
          Guru

          What are the permissions on the virtual machine?

           

          If you're not sure how to determine this, open Terminal.app and type the following without quotes (and remember the trailing space), but don't press enter yet:

          "ls -l "

          Then locate your virtual machine - the default location is /Users/$The specified item was not found./Documents/Virtual Machines/ - and drag it to the Terminal.app window. This should paste in the path to the virtual machine with proper escaping. Press enter.

          Then do the same thing, except instead of "ls -l ", use "ls -ld "

           

          Reply with a copy the results of both operations.

          • 2. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
            WoodyZ Guru
            JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha wrote:

            Just flopped over from PC to Mac (iBook 13) but need to have a PC for one piece of software (accounting).

             

             

             

            iBooks use the PowerPC processor and are not capable of running Fusion as it requires an Intel Based Mac.

             

            Lets start by seeing a screenshot of the error message and provide accurate platform information as in Make/Model of the computer and version of OS and version of Fusion, etc, etc and have a look at HOWTO: Ask (and Answer) Questions to help you find and provide the information requested in the document.

             

             

             

            Built-in Mac Screenshot Commands

             

            Key Combination - Result

             

            CommandShift3     - Capture entire screen and save as a file.

            CommandControlShift+3     - Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard.

            CommandShift4     - Capture dragged area and save as a file.

            CommandControlShift+4     - Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard.

            CommandShift4 then Space bar - Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file.

            CommandControlShift+4 then Space bar - Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard.

             

            Note: When you do a Screenshot that saves to a file it's placed on your Desktop as "Picture n.png" (Where "n" is a number.)

            • 3. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
              JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha Novice

               

              Hi etung

               

               

              Here's the file/image of the console results you asked for.

               

               

              FYI I went into the package and made sure all the permissions were open to me (I'm the only user), and everything is set to read & write. I notice from my permissions on the Hard Drive the user is "system" and group is "admin", this conflicts with most of my permissions, which are owner: "john wildgoose", group: "admin"

               

               

              I ran Onyx and repaired permissions. But that didn't help.

               

               

              Thanks for your time, please let me know if you have any further advice

               

               

              John

               

               

               

               

               

              • 4. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha Novice

                 

                Hi Woodyz

                 

                 

                I've attached the screen grab of the error message as you requested, and sorry, I know I needed to add more info, thanks for the "how to" link:

                 

                 

                Fusion version:1.1.3 (94249)

                VMware Fusion:

                 

                  Version:    1.1.3

                  Last Modified:    10/06/2008 18:08

                  Kind:    Intel

                  Location:    /Applications/VMware Fusion.app

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                Computer Detail

                 

                 

                  Model Name:    MacBook

                  Model Identifier:    MacBook2,1

                  Processor Name:    Intel Core 2 Duo

                  Processor Speed:    2.16 GHz

                  Number Of Processors:    1

                  Total Number Of Cores:    2

                  L2 Cache (per processor):    4 MB

                  Memory:    2 GB

                  Bus Speed:    667 MHz

                  Boot ROM Version:    MB21.00A5.B07

                  SMC Version:    1.17f0

                  Serial Number:    W87360W0ZA8

                  Sudden Motion Sensor:

                  State:    Enabled

                 

                 

                A slightly more precise ident of the issue.

                 

                 

                BEFORE THE ERROR MESSAGE

                Nothing significant changed between the last successful application use and when I started getting locked out with the permissions error notice.

                 

                 

                Earlier that day I did a back up of the hard drive to a remote HD using SilverKeeper, but I've laso done that before without impacting on Fusion (unless something got copied this time that didn't before that caused a user conflict? I can't see it though, esp as I now have that remote drive disconnected so it's can't be confused about which copy of the program to run).

                 

                 

                AFTER THE ERROR MESSAGE

                 

                 

                I did a thorough forum search for "No permissions..." but all the posts seem to be about user or copy/move application issues.

                 

                 

                I've gone into the packet and checked all the permissions are set to "read & write", and checked for consistency in the permissions names (my name as 'user' & admin as 'group') although on the get-info for the hard drive it says  the user is 'system'.

                 

                 

                I ran Onyx to repair permissions, but it didn't help.

                 

                 

                Thanks for your time and help Woodyz. Please come back if youcan help more. I'll keep looking.

                 

                 

                John

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                  JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha Novice

                   

                  Sorry WoodyZ

                   

                   

                  Here's the error message

                   

                   

                  • 6. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                    WoodyZ Guru

                    Copy and paste the following command as is into a Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and press Enter and then type in your Password and then press Enter.

                     

                     

                     

                    sudo chown -R $The specified item was not found./Documents/Virtual Machines/Windows XP Professional.vmwarevm"

                     

                     

                     

                    Then try running the target Virtual Machine and see if it will.

                    • 7. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                      JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha Novice

                       

                      Woah! It worked. Just when I was starting to reach for the app CD's! How do you learn that stuff? Impressive.

                      Now all I have to do is to stop thinking about how it went wrong in the first place...

                       

                       

                      Thanks so much for your help.

                       

                       

                      best regards

                       

                       

                      John

                       

                       

                      • 8. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                        WoodyZ Guru
                        JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha wrote:

                        How do you learn that stuff?

                         

                         

                         

                        I can answer the Why easier then the How and in one word... Necessity...

                         

                        The How comes down to being a voracious reader and because I like being as self-sufficient as possible in everything I do.

                         

                        My first computer was give to me without any documentation and it was command line only, no mouse or graphic user interface much beyond alpha-numeric characters being displayed on the screen and it really pissed me off when the thing word cry out with this hi-pitched tone that you felt penetrate the Eustachian Tubes with the persuasion of a hi-velocity bullet hitting its target while adding further insult to injury displayed on the screen was "bad command or file name" and it didn't help that I was a lousy typist too.  Needless to say I could not allow that to continue and from that point forward I changed careers and joined the Word of Information Technologies and the rest is history.

                        • 9. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                          JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha Novice

                           

                          Ah, necessity: the mother of invention.  Well I'm sure there is a great deal of gratitude floating around in the ether for you.

                           

                           

                          Take a break from line commands and enjoy my stuff:

                           

                           

                          http://www.netgoose.co.uk

                           

                           

                          This is my work (blessed am I)!

                           

                           

                          Thanks again.

                           

                           

                          • 10. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                            WoodyZ Guru

                            Thank you for sharing the link to your site.  It obvious you have the Eye for what it takes!  Nice work and I enjoyed taking the break will look back for a closer look later.

                             

                            Where was PORTRAITS ..........20/20 taken?

                             

                             

                             

                            OFFICE LIFE ..........19/20 You can sneak a nap sitting on that!

                            OFFICE LIFE ..........20/20 From the smile on his face I think its something other then Dr Pepper in there.

                            • 11. Re: No Permission to access this virtual machine
                              JohnWildgooseMaisieAgatha Novice

                               

                              Where was PORTRAITS ..........20/20 taken?

                              in Spain, during the Moors and Christians Festival.

                               

                               

                               

                              OFFICE LIFE ..........19/20 You can sneak a nap sitting on that!

                              I wouldn't risk it: likely head damage

                              OFFICE LIFE ..........20/20 From the smile on his face I think its something other then Dr Pepper in there.

                              Quite right. Water! See, the camera never - lies but it can wholly misrepresent...