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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Downloading and Installing VMware Fusion

Sometimes a simple download and Install runs into problems. This video details downloading and installing VMware Fusion. This video is helpful if:

  • You cannot download VMware Fusion
  • Download stops intermittently or does not complete
  • The Fusion installer .DMG does not mount or install
  • Your serial number is not accepted and you receive this error: Invalid Serial Number

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Downloading and Installing VMware Fusion.

How to download and install VMware Fusion

Social Media at VMware

In this short video you’ll learn what social media activities are going on within the Global Services and Support group at VMware from Rick Blythe, Social Media Specialist. If you’re interested in following these Twitter accounts, follow:

Rick Blythe, Social Media Specialist at VMware

VMware Tools Installation

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine.

To address questions we receive about installing VMware Tools we have created a set of knowledgebase articles complete with videos. Each Guest operating system has slightly different steps to perform this common operation, so we’ve created a general article, which then branches out to more specific articles/videos for your specific Guest OS.

We recommend that when you need to install VMware Tools, start with article: General VMware Tools installation instructions (1014294).

Then, depending on your VM’s operating system, see one of:

Installing VMware Tools

Are there any other videos you’d like to see about VMware tools?

How to install VMware Tools in a Linux VM using a Compiler

This video details installing VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system using the gcc Compiler. This video was created using VMware ESX 4.0, but the same basic steps apply to other VMware products. The guest operating system in the video is CentOS, but this applies to other distributions of Linux as well.

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Installing VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine using Compiler.

How to install VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine using a Compiler

How to Install VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine

This video details installing VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system using RPM (Red Hat Package Manager). This video uses VMware ESX 4.0, but the same basic steps apply to other products. The guest operating system in this video is CentOS, but the steps can be used in any Linux distribution that supports RPM.

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Installing VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine using RPM.

How to install VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine using RPM

How to install VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine

This video details installing VMware Tools in a Windows guest operating system. The video demonstrates the steps in a VMware vSphere 4.0 environment, but the same basic steps also apply to other VMware products.

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Installing VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine.

How to install VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine

How to install VMware Tools in a Netware virtual machine

This video details installing VMware Tools in a Novell Netware virtual machine. The video demonstrates the steps in a VMware vSphere 4.0 environment, but the same basic steps also apply to other VMware products. This video uses Netware 6.5, but the basic steps should also apply to other versions of Netware. You can find information related to installing VMware Tools for a specific product in the product documentation at www.vmware.com/support/pubs

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Installing VMware Tools in a Novell virtual machine.

How to install VMware Tools in a Novell virtual machine

 

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VMware Support Availability Update

VMware is happy to report all systems have returned to normal.

You may contact Technical Support at this time for all severities at 1 877-4VMWARE

We deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

How to boot into Windows Safe Mode in your VM

Our latest video details booting into Windows Safe Mode in your guest operating system. Booting into Safe Mode is useful for diagnosing if an issue in a guest operating system is the result of a third party application or non-essential Windows service, or if the issue is with Windows.

You may want to do this when:

  • The guest operating system or virtual machine fails
  • The guest operating system or virtual machine stops responding and displays a blue screen (BSOD) with a stop code
  • The guest operating system or virtual machine reboots for no reason
  • The guest operating system or virtual machine has performance problems
  • The guest operating system or virtual machine is slow
  • The guest operating system or virtual machine has an application that is not working properly
  • The guest operating system or virtual machine is experiencing networking problems

For more information and cautionary notes, continue reading the KB article: Booting into Safe Mode.

How to boot into Windows Safe Mode from your VMware virtual machine

Configuring VMware vCenter Server to send alarm when virtual machines are running from snapshots

This video details how to configure alarms in your VMware vSphere environment, through vCenter Server. Specifically, this video focuses on creating an alarm to alert you when virtual machines are running on snapshots.

For more information and context, continue reading the KB article: Configuring vSphere to send alerts when virtual machines are running from snapshots.

Configuring VMware vCenter Server to send alarm when virtual machines are running from snapshots

 

For more information on diagnosing why Virtual Center is not sending email alerts, see Diagnosing why VirtualCenter is not sending email alerts (1004070).  

For more information about the settings related to alarms, see the section Working with Alarms sections in: