3 Replies Latest reply on May 12, 2015 8:38 PM by quiettime

    Can I disable temporary vmem files?

    quiettime Enthusiast

      I'm using VMWare Workstation 10 on a Windows 7x64 host and running a Windows 7 x64 guest. I would like to stop arbitrary vmem writing because it causes freezing. I am aware vmem files are used for snapshots and that's fine since I initiate them but I mean the sporadic files that are created that look like "VM Name-Random Chars.vmem", for example "Windows 7-1afeb2cf.vmem". The disk IO is just too intensive.


      Several years ago I asked about stopping vmem writing and the setting mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE" was mentioned so I added that in C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini


      Since that time I have changed computers and am now using VMWare Workstation 10 with that setting, but I have swapping partially enabled, it seems:

      Edit > Preferences > Memory > 'Allow some virtual machine memory to be swapped'


      Does anyone know what those temporary vmem files are? Are they a swap file and can I disable them by setting 'Fit all virtual machine memory into reserved host RAM' or if not what should I do?