today i installed workstation 9.0 on linux host, and tried to use windows guest workstations. in previous versions of vmware i shrinked vmdk-files using vmware tools installed in windows guest. but in new version vmware tools doesn't have any interface - when i click to icon in taskbar, only 'about' window appears. there are no information in official documentation on this topic. who knows the new way to shrink vmdk disks?
I think we will soon find small GUI tools to get back that functionality ...
Such a thing could be easily created with Autoit for example
VMware Tools GUI was requested by many in the beta TP2. Somebody from VMware said it would be forthcoming. If it is would there be a free upgrade 9.0.1 that would linclude it? Or is this just vaporware? Sure wish somebody from VMware would reply.[
From the VMware Workstation 9.0.2 help file:
Compacting Virtual Hard Disks
Compacting a virtual hard disk reclaims unused space in the disk. If a disk has empty space, this process reduces the amount of space the virtual hard disk occupies on the host drive. You must power off a virtual machine before you compact its virtual hard disk.
You cannot compact a virtual hard disk if disk space is preallocated or if the virtual hard disk is mapped or mounted.
To compact a virtual hard disk for a selected virtual machine, select VM > Settings, click the Hardware tab, select the virtual hard disk, and select Compact from the Utilities menu.
If I'm not not mistaken this "help" text from VMware goes back to version 5.5! And yes the GUI for VMware Tools was promised "real soon now" in TP2. Doesn't seem difficult to code - but then again I'm not privy to the code. :smileylaugh:
I skipped from WS 7 to WS 10, so I'm not sure if my reply makes sense to you. And my host O/S is Windows, not Ubuntu. So forgive me in advance if my reply turns out to be BS.
In WS 10, the function has been moved from guest O/S to Workstation windows. Take a look at this article: