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Does secure boot affects booting up in VMware?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Does secure boot affects booting up in VMware?


    Hi! So this is my problem, I had an image of my disk and I tried to boot it up from my VM workstation but it failed. I added in the line firmware = "efi". I used to be able to boot up without a problem in VM with my disk images before I changed to a new Win 8 laptop. So I was wondering does the secure boot somehow affects it? Would appreciate help on this!

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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I have Player not Workstation so don't know if there is a difference but I have secure boot turned on and have no problems. From what I know, VMWare runs entirely within Windows so I don't see how secure boot would have any affect.

    And welcome to the forum!

    Edit: If you are talking booting from scratch with a VM image that is a different story. I will bow out as I have zero experience with that.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the welcome!

    Maybe I wasn't clear on what I'm trying to say. What I meant was that I cloned my harddisk, mounted it, put it in a vm and boot it.
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  4. #4


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Is this what you mean? Using VMware to Create Boot Image - CCBoot v3.0 Diskless Boot System

    Possibly secure boot will impact that. Jimbo45 is the resident guru on VM, hopefully he will pop in.
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    If Popeye did not have the problem then I would assume that you should not have problem with secure boot. Maybe it's just the way you set it up in Windows 8.

    I helped another person in this forum a while back on how to set up a VHD using VmPlayer/VmWare Workstation. Maybe you want to compare your setup with the Video below:
    NOTE: yes, you also need to add firmware = "efi" and do not mount it.

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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Hi all, thanks for helping.

    But I think I may not be clear with my question. I'm trying to convert my system into a virtual system. But somehow I'm having problem with it so I'm wondering does secureboot not works with VM?
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    With a Virtual machine you are NOT doing a PHYSICAL boot. Secure boot only is of concern to the HOST machine which prevents non authorized boot devices from booting -- for example if you want to boot from a USB stick you won't be able to (you can enable LEGACY boot in the BIOS to allow external devices to boot - you don't have to disable UEFI either.)

    A Virtual machine boots in Software and is a Virtual boot - the Virtual machine is running under control of VMWARE / VBOX etc which is a normal application program as far as your HOST machine is concerned -- a bit like running say EXCEL.

    You can enable UEFI on a virtual machine if you want to even if your HOST doesn't have it --you need to edit the configuration file for the VM (it's a .vmx file for VMware but there's similar configuration files for VBOX).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. #8


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Hi jimbo45! Thanks for clarifying. I understand much better now. Thanks again!
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