When I'm not connected to the corporate network, vmware can save the preferences.ini properly and the GUI doesn't freezes on each action anymore. Till I reconnected to the corporate network again, it creates perferences.ini.lck file first but cannot override the perferences.ini file anymore and keep the perferences.ini.lck file forever. So it's maybe the fault of the Offline Files funktionality of Windows. I notice the same behavior on Apple iTunes software too, but not on Firefox, Chrome and so on.
Now I'm using VMWare Workstation Player 15.1.0 and the log produces something different but behaves the same behavior.
The GUI doesn't freeze anymore when we changed the Group Policy for %appdata% (roaming) folder to offline mode with background sync.
But the License screen still prompt at every start and the list of VMs are empty.
According the log file it can't write files?
2019-07-11T10:38:37.459+02:00| vmplayer| I125: FILE: FileAttributesRetry unmapped error code 4350
2019-07-11T10:38:37.459+02:00| vmplayer| W115: FILE: FileLockCreateEntryDirectory stat failure on '\\corporate.lan\home\user\AppData\Roaming\VMware\preferences.ini.lck': Unknown error 5 (0x5)
2019-07-11T10:38:37.459+02:00| vmplayer| W115: PrefsBase::Save: Couldn't get lock on preferences file.
There are no security tab on the property of the folder path. It's a fileshared folder for redirected appdata roaming folder.