Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 Series: Look Inside a Virtual Machine

Cover_vmware_fusion_2 In this week's installment of our Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 blog series,
we are going to talk about how your
virtual machine is stored on your Mac. If you are new to the series, the ebook Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 by Joe Kissell, teaches you all the fundamentals of VMware Fusion 2, as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of running Windows on your Mac.

Here is this week's excerpt from Joe Kissell's new book Take Control of VMware Fusion 2:

Look inside a Virtual Machine

In Fusion, a virtual machine includes a number of components: settings files, the file(s) constituting the virtual disk image(s), any snapshots you’ve taken manually or using AutoProtect, log files, and more. All these files are packaged in a special format called a bundle, which looks like a single file in the Finder but which is really a folder in disguise.
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To see the contents of a virtual machine, follow the instructions just previously. Then, in the Finder, Control-click (right-click) the file (which has the extension .vmwarevm) and choose Show Package Contents.

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A new window opens, revealing all the constituent files and folders.
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To learn more about the book Take Control of VMware Fusion 2, or buy it, click here.


3 comments have been added so far

  1. Thanks for the info – but why is it important to look inside the bundle? Can I make changes to the bundle that improves my Fusion experience, or is this just info that I can use to show off my Mac savvy?

  2. For most users, this is probably not necessary. But knowing how to get into the bundle is useful when you need to edit the virtual machine configuration file (.vmx extension) located in the bundle.
    See http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-1201 for many advanced tricks you can do with the .vmx file.
    If you run into problems with Fusion, and get help from VMware support or in the forum, you may also need to get into the bundle to collect log files, etc.

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