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VMware Player - Install Windows 8

  1. #50


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    You are welcome. Right now I reconvert the .vhd to .vmdk on my Windows 8. This time it works. It was apparently the Java problem on my Windows 7.

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  2. #51


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    @ Shawn, I noticed that VMware does not seem to recognize eSata. When I turn my eSata disk on, it goes into Windows 7 and not into the active Winndows 8 guest. Maybe that's worth mentioning somewhere. I still have to test whether USB3 works as specified.
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  3. #52


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Holy macro, I should have thought about this earlier. After mucking around with images, VNDKs, VHDs and alike for 2 days in order to find a path to carry my VMware Windows 8 to Germany, I was very disappointed that nothing worked (but I learned some in the process).

    Now it was time to regroup. I copied the VMware folder to an external USB3 attached SSD and opened that with the VMware control panel. It noticed immediately that this was a moved folder and did some configuration adjustments automatically. Then it opened my Windows 8 as usual and went merrily along. I was even impressed with the performance from the external Mushkin.

    Now the big question is whether that will also work on another system. Over the weekend I will set it up on my laptop and see whether it will also do the adjustments. Then there is still the question whether I do not run into activation problems - especially when I set it up in Germany with a different IP address. So there is still 'du pain sur la planche' - as the French would say - that reads:'work to be done', in Argot which is a French slang.
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  4. #53


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    I should have thought of that Wolfgang. I moved my VMs to another disk recently.
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  5. #54


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I noticed that VMware does not seem to recognize eSata. When I turn my eSata disk on, it goes into Windows 7 and not into the active Windows 8 guest. Maybe that's worth mentioning somewhere. I still have to test whether USB3 works as specified.
    Virtually only SCSI and IDE are supported no SATA but only SAS (Serial SCSI) and have better reliability performance than SATA and IDE.

    It should be the same with eSATA: not supported as virtual connector.

    However all our external SATAs (real disks, not in a VM) are supported if you "add external drive" (advanced) in the VM settings by disk. I didn't tested this with an eSATA here (don't have any).

    USB3.0 works very well in VMware.

    -----Just a tip-----
    Increasing performance in older VM's: switch from IDE to SCSI:
    If you have some older VMs with OSes like 2000, XP and XP x64, Server 2003 and you need SCSI or SAS drivers (sometimes they are not included) then you'll have to search for them on the LSI's site, the main SCSI manufacturer.

    LSI drivers XP + Server 2003

    For a new OS you normally hit F6 during install with a vmware driver floppy:
    VMware: Installing Windows XP on ESX using LSI Logic driver « Beheer

    Otherwise you install with the default IDE and then, on the VM desktop you add a SCSI controller (hot-swapable) which will install a driver and here (if unavailable) you can specify the driver from the first link.

    I've moved for the default IDE and it works a bit faster. I was inspired by Win7's performance which already uses SCSI and SAS in a VM by default.
    -----end of tip-----

    Good luck with the VM moves.
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  6. #55


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
    I should have thought of that Wolfgang. I moved my VMs to another disk recently.
    Yeah, now you are telling me, LOL
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  7. #56


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Now I have a strange problem.

    Originally I assigned only 25GB for the VMware partition (single file, dynamic). Then I extended it to 40GB. That shows 40GB now in the VMware settings. But in Windows 8 on VMware it shows only the 25GB - both in Computer and in Disk Management of Windows 8. What am I missing.
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  8. #57


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    I think Windows must be remembering the size of the disk. I had the same problem with a Linux disk that I extended. I never did get to the bottom of it.
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  9. #58


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Now I have a strange problem.

    Originally I assigned only 25GB for the VMware partition (single file, dynamic). Then I extended it to 40GB. That shows 40GB now in the VMware settings. But in Windows 8 on VMware it shows only the 25GB - both in Computer and in Disk Management of Windows 8. What am I missing.
    Odd that is doesn't show as unallocated space in the VM's Disk Management.

    VMware Player - Expand Virtual Machine Hard Disk - Windows 7 Forums
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  10. #59


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks Shawn. I did exactly like the tutorial says. But at first, the unallocated space did not show up. Now it does and I extended the partition.

    Maybe it had to do with the fact that I run from the USB port. Maybe that's what the 2 minute adjustment was that VMware was doing when I shut down first time. See here (post 964): Show us your SSD performance 2 - Page 97 - Windows 7 Forums
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