I believe this is a combination of having VMware Tools installed on the VM and VMRC/Windows set to "Autofit Guest" (see Workstation, View>Autosize menu). VMRC does not have an option to change this behavior, however VMRC/Mac does not do this by default, same as Fusion. I do not know if this can be disabled from the VMware Tools side, I will look into it and get back to you.
I have not found a way to configure VMware Tools to stop this. Some remote clients respond to preference file tweaks but VMRC does not. This may be added in the future if there is demand for it.
Hello everybody , we have the same problem. We need to force the resolution of a virtual machine on which we develop supervision which is very sensitive to change resolution.
We're tracking a change to optionally configure this autofit guest behavior in ticket 1619302. In the mean time you can work around this on Windows VMs by deleting resolutionSet.dll from VMware Tools, ex. C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\resolutionSet.dll. Repairing or reinstalling Tools will restore the file.
So I've done some testing with this in a few versions of VMware:
esxi 6 u2
html5 and vmrc are affected
only workaround is to rename resolutionset.dll and restart vmtools and the console screen does not auto-resize.
I have raised a ticket with VMware and they're looking into it.
To prevent resizing on Windows VMs running Server 2008 and newer, delete C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMwareResolutionSet.exe. Repair VMware Tools from Control Panel to restore behavior.