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Windows 7: VmWare Workstation Problems

03 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
VmWare Workstation Problems

1) I am the only user on the computer, and I am Administrator.
I am opening Vmware Workstation as Administrator, but it doesn't show Shared VMs until I click on Shared Vms and put it my Windows Username and Password.

It says that

"Logged in user does not have the privileges. Please enter the username and password of an administrator".

The funny thing is that I have a shared VM that is set to power on when VMware Workstation starts, and it gets started, but to see Shared VMs I have to enter by Windows username and password.

2) I am not able to see any of my partitions in Virtual Machines such as the Windows partition I am loading Vmware Workstation from and other data partitions of my both 2 internal drives even though shared folders is enabled.

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05 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Even administrative accounts in Windows run to some degree under least privilege. Try running "powercfg -h off" in a non-elevated command prompt and see what happens.
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05 Aug 2012   #3

Mac OS X 10.8/Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP 1
 
 

I don't know if it'll make a difference but there is a vmware user group. Right click on computer and select manage. Local users and group > groups. Look for and double click on vmware. Click on add, advanced, & then find now. Add the appropriate users to the group. Also what version of vmware do you have? Have you checked the vmware preferences? Do you have all of the vmware services running?
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06 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kebero View Post
Even administrative accounts in Windows run to some degree under least privilege. Try running "powercfg -h off" in a non-elevated command prompt and see what happens.
You do not have the permission to enable or disable the Hibernate feature.
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06 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
I don't know if it'll make a difference but there is a vmware user group. Right click on computer and select manage. Local users and group > groups. Look for and double click on vmware. Click on add, advanced, & then find now. Add the appropriate users to the group. Also what version of vmware do you have? Have you checked the vmware preferences? Do you have all of the vmware services running?
It didn't help both adding the Administrator User and the Administrator.

I am running Vmware Workstation 8.0.4 build-744019.

I checked the preferences, didn't see any related option except making shared folders enabled.

How will I know if I am running all the Vmware services or not?


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06 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kebero View Post
Even administrative accounts in Windows run to some degree under least privilege. Try running "powercfg -h off" in a non-elevated command prompt and see what happens.
You do not have the permission to enable or disable the Hibernate feature.
Exactly. If you do the same thing, but in a command prompt where you selected "run as administrator," it would work. I'd suggest trying the same thing with VMWare Workstation. I know for a fact that some functions (such as reserved memory) require the application to be elevated.
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06 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Vmware is running as elevated. I am using the tutorial from this forum to start a program as elevated without the UAC Prompt at log on. And also, I am right clicking the regular shortcut icon and choosing run as administrator, same result. It starts the program. It even starts a shared VM because in the settings it is chosen to start up with VMware , but it doesn't show me the shared VMs before I enter my Windows username and password.








UPDATE: I had added myself and the Administrators to the vmware user group as someone suggested. From permissions, I added the vmware user group and now I am not even able to turn on the machine as it doesn't let me and it also doesn't give me any option to enter the username and password too. I guess that is because now I am in the vmware user group, but the usergorup is not allowed to make changes.
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06 Aug 2012   #8

Mac OS X 10.8/Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP 1
 
 

Any idea why it's trying to use vmware server? It probably shouldn't be or did you set it up that way? Look in the settings (for vmware and for the virtual machines) and see if you can figure out why. If you are using vmware server you will need to give yourself permissions on the server side or contact whomever is it charge of it.
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06 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

The only thing I can think of that, this is a Shared VM, that is why. Since it is shared, probably the program is thinking that it would be shared on a server.

The only thing I want to do here is to start a VM when VMware starts, but the only way to do that is to share the VM, because only shared VMs have that option.
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06 Aug 2012   #10

Mac OS X 10.8/Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP 1
 
 

I've never tried to do what you are doing nor have I configured vmware server so I don't know how to advise you further.
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