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timofcourse
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Enthusiast

Possible to set Workstation profile for All Users (Windows)

We have a laptop thats shared amongst many users at work that has a couple Workstation images all users use.

Is it possible to configure Workstation so that its already configured to use the same images for every user that logs in, rather having to add the vm images to every new user account that logs in for the 1st time?

Thanks.

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continuum
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configure one user so that he sees all VMs

then copy %profiles%\user\application data\vmware\preferences.ini to each other users profile




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timofcourse
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The problem is new domain users are logging in all the time, so this machine doesnt have the profiles setup for everyone.

Is there a registry setting I can change perhaps to have Workstation look at a different default location for vm's or even where that preferences.ini is?

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continuum
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Immortal

Is there a registry setting I can change perhaps to have Workstation look at a different default location for vm's or even where that preferences.ini is?

Nope - you can not change path to preferences.ini

You can change default path to VMs in the global config-file.

See http://sanbarrow.com/vmx/vmx-config-ini.html




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VMX-parameters- Workstation FAQ -[ MOA-liveCD|http://sanbarrow.com/moa241.html] - VM-Sickbay


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Do you need support with a VMFS recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
I do not support Workstation 16 at this time ...

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leejb
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Contributor

I know an old issue, but since I have the same, thought I would give my solution.  It looks like the listing, at least in v9, is stored in the %userprofile%\Applicaiton Data\vmware\inventory.vmls

I suppose you could create a script that copies a pre-defined .vmls from a central location on the local system or from a server into the logging in users location via either Startup shortcut, GPO, etc.

However, we found it simpler to just create a desktop shortcut that is read-only to the .vmx file of each of the given VM's.  Sticking into the global desktop locations makes this available for all users and/or  you could copy them to the all users start menu.

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