I've got two Macs. On one of them, VMWare Fusion works great - I had v10, 11, 11.5, and now 12.
On my other Mac, I haven't been able to power on a VM since... Fusion 11? I just get "Failed to power on (path)" on ANY VM when I hit the start/play button.
I upgraded to Big Sur and installed VMWare Player 12 (I own VMWare 11.x, trying Player before I pay for the upgrade to the full version of 12) and am experiencing the same issues.
I've tried the following:
Uninstalled, including removing all Library files & even kexts, reinstalling.
"Allowed" the kernel extension
Disabling SIP in combination with the above.
Making sure VMWare has all permissions in the Privacy tab of System Preferences. Removing and re-adding it to all permissions.
Trying new VMs.
Making sure all other hypervisors are completely removed (namely Docker).
Must be some conflict with something that was installed on this mac at one time! I've been unable to find any relevant log files to give me more information. I think I've tried everything found in other search results here in this forum!
Same issue here. It shows only "Failed to power on 'xxx/xxx/xxx.vmx' for any vm even on a clean virtual machine. No log file was found in application bundle.
I am using Big Sur, too. Already upgraded to the latest Fusion version (12.1.0)
Waiting for advises. Thanks.
Does deleting the .lck file help?
If that still doesn't help, can you attach the support bundle?
(VMware Fusion menu "help" -> "Collect Support Information")
That's probably not a bad thing that it doesn't allow one to upload a 400Mb support bundle.
Probably one of the system logs from your mac that it includes in the zip is very big. Delete the biggest log file and try uploading it then, it is not likely to be relevant for diagnosing the issue. (also tell us the name of the file you deleted, just in case)
I see a weird error in your vmware-vmfusion.log about the application menu / startMenuApp crashing.
Not quite getting how that would prevent a VM from starting, but it is possible that it does.
In VMware Fusion menu -> Preferences, can you set the application menu to "never" and see if that helps?
(not sure if you have to restart Fusion)
Btw, the ubuntu vm you are trying to start has no data (it's empty, the disk has nothing), I take it that that's expected?
What is the output of the following command in a terminal?
ps -ax | grep -i vm
Yep - that was me testing a brand new VM. Pointed it to an ubuntu iso and hit play... and got the same error as any other VM 😞
854 ?? 0:04.66 /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/amsrv -D -p 8698 858 ?? 0:17.10 /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/amsrv -D -p 8698 65712 ?? 0:02.22 /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/MacOS/VMware Fusion 65793 ?? 0:00.08 /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware Fusion Start Menu.app/Contents/MacOS/VMware Fusion Start Menu 65806 ?? 0:00.01 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/services/VMware Fusion Services 3 4 65875 ?? 0:00.02 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/vmnet-bridge 65882 ?? 0:00.01 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/vmnet-natd -s 6 -m /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/nat.mac -c /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/nat.conf 65884 ?? 0:00.09 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/vmware-usbarbitrator
That's with the application menu set to off? 🤔
Asking as the amsrv process is AFAIK responsible for the application menu, so seeing it appear after turning it off is weird.
For the rest it looks pretty normal to me.
Tried to reboot the host?
FWIW the amsrv processes should not be there, the moment I turn the application menu off down here, they are gone.
Them showing up after turning the feature off is fishy.
After a reboot,
that process went away..
1145 ?? 0:00.87 /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/MacOS/VMware Fusion 1204 ?? 0:00.01 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/services/VMware Fusion Services 3 4 1236 ?? 0:00.07 /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware Fusion Start Menu.app/Contents/MacOS/VMware Fusion Start Menu 1285 ?? 0:00.02 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/vmnet-bridge 1293 ?? 0:00.01 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/vmnet-natd -s 6 -m /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/nat.mac -c /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/nat.conf 1295 ?? 0:00.01 /Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion/Services/Contents/Library/vmware-usbarbitrator
but the issue remains :(.
You removed the list of installed applications...
Do you have something installed that does things like blocking network connections or named pipes etc..
Eg. LuLu, Block Block, antivirus apps, anti malware..
If so try disabling it and try again?