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VirtualMachine stops VMware processes that run in the background when VMware Fusion is not running.

What's New

Version 1.5:
  • Code Rewrite.
  • Read Online Documentation First.
  • Only for Advanced Users.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later

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Antoinesynopsis Member IconReview+55
Antoinesynopsis
+1

Hello !

Installation is a bit hardy, that's why it is written "Only for advanced users".
Follow the installation instructions given in the file "VirtualMachine Help.webloc" otherwise it wouldn't work !
This app is useful for me but we can can do without... So if you don't understand how to install this or have a doubt, don't hurt your head, it isn't the end of time.

I hope the dev will try to implement an easier installation process.
Another thing : I didn't find the traditional icon of VM. I think it was zapped by the compression method used by the dev, excluding .icns. Or perhaps it's my compression softs...

I think this soft is a good idea but neads to be improved. Carry on !

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Version 1.5
Jmknoble
+0

I don't see the VM-type icon in v1.5 that was present in v1.4 either.

I'm sticking with v1.4 for now; I already have apps that use the default app icon, and i don't want to get them confused with this one.

Mikaelf Member IconReview+162
Mikaelf
+2

Stay away!

Ever since I had this running on my Mac (no benefits noted at all while it was installed) VMware will not work properly. It will not start after a reboot. I've removed and re-installed VMware several times. Still doesn't work.

/Mikael

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Version 1.4
1951fdg (Developer)
+0

Just run uninstall.app and remove the VirtualMachine folder located in your Application folder and you're done.

Mikaelf
+0

Not so easy here. Did it and it did not restore my mac. Not until I ran the command in this comment thread manually and rebooted and re-installed VMware I got back to normal.

Not impressed...

/Mikael

Sloshu Member IconComment+1
Sloshu
+0

VMware Fusion hasn't worked since I downloaded VirtualMachine 1.4. I've tried to uninstall the app, but I don't how to completely get rid of it. The uninstaller script did not work in Terminal.

I've uninstalled and reinstalled Fusion twice. I don't want to have to do it again.

Please advise -- immediately!!!!


Thank you,


sloshu

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Version 1.4
1951fdg (Developer)
+0

I am willing to offer you remote assistence, please provide your email adress.

Mitch_de Member IconComment+169
Mitch_de
+1

I removed all growl (isrunning ...) out of the main scripts (thanks to dev thats readable) and now it works without growl also.
You can ask me for that script (V1.3) iceguy AT freenet.de

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Version 1.3
1951fdg (Developer)
+2

Version 1.4 fixes all growl problems, hope you enjoy it. took me a while, documentation on internet is poor,

I actually had to place growl in trash, to test the script properly, just stopping growl wasn't enough for testing purposes

Mcr
+0

Developer,
I need assistance. I no longer wish to use this program (just my choice, nothing against the program), but now the vm processes that normally would start on boot, no longer start, no matter what toggle state I try.

I've tried running Virtual Machine so that processes are running at Fusion is running. I then quit Fusion normally (do not use Virtual MAchine). REboot, VM processes (vmnet, vmdhcp, etc) are not running, I have to use Virtual MAchine to launch Fusion.

I've tried the other way. Using Virtual Machine to close Fusion. I reboot, no VM processes start .

I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling Fusion, assuming that would reset any auto start on the necessary VM processes. Still doesn't work. No matter what I do, the VM processes won't start on boot, I have to use Virtual Machine to launch Fusion.

I simply just want to return back to the way it was as if Virtual MAchine had never been used, and simply be able to just launch and close Fusion normally.

1951fdg (Developer)
+0

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vmware.launchd.vmware.plist

or

Uninstall Script can be downloaded here @ http://db.tt/lptwIM

Mcr
+1

Developer,
I appreciate the response on how to restore my system, but with all due respect, what effort would it be for you to include these instructions with the download? As a developer of software, you almost have an obligation, or at least as common courtesy, to provide a easily documented means for your users to uninstall your software, especially something that makes significant 'low level' changes. I spent an hour uninstalling and reinstall Fusion. I really shouldn't need to have to email the developer of a program, or read through forum messages to find out how to recover from something your software has done to my system.

Please consider that. Not giving users a way to uninstall isn't going to encourage them to use your software.
Thanks for your consideration.

1951fdg (Developer)
+1

I agree with you (MCR) 100%, and I am releasing a new dmg which includes the uninstaller script.

Reaverx Member IconComment+13
Reaverx
+0

"Non password version can be found on MacUpdate page" - can't see that: still asks for password on every launch.

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Version 1.3
1951fdg (Developer)
+0

Special Version that requires no password input, can be downloaded @ http://dl.dropbox.com/u/176364/VirtualMachine-1.4.1.dmg

I might do a screencast showing the app in action, without passwords prompts.

For it to work you should do the following steps below at your own risk, though have been tested by me and visudo will also test before saving (risks are therefore very low). Sweet, no more entering passwords or fingerswipes.

Open terminal.app

Type sudo visudo -s

Enter password

Type i (to insert text)

Insert at the very bottom (copy/paste):

username ALL= NOPASSWD: /bin/launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vmware.launchd.vmware.plist,/bin/sh Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/boot.sh --start,/bin/sh /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/boot.sh --stop

Change text username to that of user logged in, in my case username = administrator

---Optional Info---

"1) Will work only for user with username (1 user) - username ALL= NOPASSWD:"

"2) Will work for all users (every user) - ALL ALL = NOPASSWD:"

---Optional Info End---

Press button escape to exit insert mode

Type :wq (to write and quit)

Type sudo -k

Upon finding an error, visudo will print a message stating the line number(s) where the error occurred and the user will receive the "What now?" prompt. At this point the user may enter "e" to re-edit the sudoers file to correct the error(s

Gannet
+1

There's also an easy way to make the normal version not require a password.
Open Terminal and type these commands:
cd
chmod u+s Contents/MacOS/applet
sudo chown root Contents/MacOS/applet
The last one will ask for your password. Once this is done, VirtualMachine will not ask for your password again.

Gannet
+1

Oops, the comment system cut out part of my post. The "cd" line is supposed to say:
cd [drag and drop VirtualMachine here]

Antoinesynopsis Member IconComment+55
Antoinesynopsis
+1

I'm happy to see that the dev is very reactive and tries to improve his soft according to all the reviews of its users. Good job. Carry on.

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Version 1.3
Jimw Member IconComment+455
Jimw
+0

From what I have seen of the comments, lack of documentation, no website, or support listed outside of MacUpdate, it would seem to me that this app is primary targeted towards developers, hobbyists and geeks - i.e. not the casual, or unsophisticated user. If indeed this is a useful tool, hopefully it will be target to the average user.

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Version 1.3
Gazman
+0

This is to stop the vmware networking processes that always run in the background (e.g. vmnet-netifup, vmnet-natd etc), even when Fusion is not running. I have been looking for something like this for a long time.

Mitch_de Member IconComment+169
Mitch_de
+0

Thanks to dev to build an V1.3 which dont need Growl.
But if i start the tool , i get an window which asks for App growlhelper . ( i dont have)
Screenshoot: http://up.picr.de/5002882.jpg
Perhaps only an small bug in the non growl version.
Thanks !!!

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Version 1.3
Mitch_de Member IconComment+169
Mitch_de
+0

from dev :
"Add support for Growl. Only use version 1.2 if you have Growl installed otherwise resort to the previous version, version 1.1."
Q: Is it possible you make an version without growl need ( i dont like it) but also has fixes since 1.1 ?

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Version 1.2
1951fdg (Developer)
+0

Version 1.4 fixes all Growl problems

Zarkon55 Member IconComment+2
Zarkon55
+2

Seems to work as advertised. You'll have to edit the script to add your password, to keep it from asking you every time.

One, thing is, there is no doc file, and I don't see how to uninstall it. When I tried to just trash the app, it causes VMWare to not be able to launch machines.

-Walt

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Version 1.0
1951fdg (Developer)
+1

If you decide to stop using the app:

Then open terminal:

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vmware.launchd.vmware.plist

Then wait a couple of seconds, and start VMware, otherwise reboot

Seanbperiod
+0

I'm not familiar with applescript, but I looked through the file-

Where would I put in my password?

Gannet
+0

Putting your password in the script is generally not a good idea but if you really want you would add 'password "xxx"' after each line that says "with administrator privileges".

I love the idea of this script but thought I'd do it a little differently. After disabling the startup/login items, the script just does this:
set b to "'/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/boot.sh'"
do shell script b & " --start" with administrator privileges
do shell script "(open -b com.vmware.fusion -W; " & b & " --stop) &> /dev/null &" with administrator privileges
This ensures the services will be stopped as soon as you quit Fusion, so you don't have to run VirtualMachine again. Then I set permissions on the applet:
rwsrwxr-x root admin
This is perhaps insecure but makes it run as root every time, so I don't have to enter a password :)

1951fdg (Developer)
+0

Uninstall Script can be downloaded here @ http://db.tt/lptwIM

Special Version that requires no password input, can be downloaded @ http://db.tt/IJn2B6
For it to work you should do the following steps below at your own risk, though have been tested by me. Sweet, no more entering passwords or fingerswipes.

Open terminal.app
Type sudo visudo -s
Enter password
Type i (to insert text)
Insert at the very bottom (copy/paste):

username ALL= NOPASSWD: /bin/launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vmware.launchd.vmware.plist,/bin/sh Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/boot.sh --start,/bin/sh /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/boot.sh --stop

Change text username to that of user logged in, in my case username = administrator

Press button escape to exit insert mode
Type :wq (to write and quit)
Type sudo -k

Upon finding an error, visudo will print a message stating the line number(s) where the error occurred and the user will receive the "What now?" prompt. At this point the user may enter "e" to re-edit the sudoers file to correct the error(s)

1951fdg (Developer)
+0

addendum

1) Will work only for user with username (1 user)
username ALL= NOPASSWD:

2) Will work for all users (every user)
ALL ALL = NOPASSWD:

1951fdg (Developer)
+0

Please download non password version 1.3.1, @ http://dl.dropbox.com/u/176364/VirtualMachine-1.3.1.dmg

Same as 1.3 but no password required, if you have done the previous steps.

user icon+55
Antoinesynopsis
Version 1.5
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Date 25 Apr 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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