Windows 10: Wow - VMware has killed off Shared VMs in VMware Workstation 16

Discus and support Wow - VMware has killed off Shared VMs in VMware Workstation 16 in Windows 10 Virtualization to solve the problem; One of the great features in VMware workstation was the ability to create Shared VMs. There were several good things about these VMs, only one of which... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Virtualization' started by hsehestedt, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. Wow - VMware has killed off Shared VMs in VMware Workstation 16


    One of the great features in VMware workstation was the ability to create Shared VMs. There were several good things about these VMs, only one of which was that they could start automatically without having to log onto the host system.

    In VMware Workstation 16 that feature was simply abruptly removed with nothing but a one line sentence in the release notes stating that this feature has reached end of life.

    This must have been some sort of knee jerk reaction because they didn't even remove all references to the feature in their version 16 User Guide and a clean install of VMware Workstation still installs the VMware Workstation Server service used for Shared VMs.

    I guess that I may be going back to Hyper-V!

    :)
     
    hsehestedt, Oct 30, 2020
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  2. Wow - VMware has killed off Shared VMs in VMware Workstation 16

    One of the great features in VMware workstation was the ability to create Shared VMs. There were several good things about these VMs, only one of which was that they could start automatically without having to log onto the host system.

    In VMware Workstation 16 that feature was simply abruptly removed with nothing but a one line sentence in the release notes stating that this feature has reached end of life.

    This must have been some sort of knee jerk reaction because they didn't even remove all references to the feature in their version 16 User Guide and a clean install of VMware Workstation still installs the VMware Workstation Server service used for Shared VMs.

    I guess that I may be going back to Hyper-V!
     
    hsehestedt, Oct 30, 2020
    #2
  3. Ghostlex Win User
    VMware Workstation 15 hangs and vmware-vmx is unkillable.

    I have installed VMware Workstation 15.0.2 on a Windows 10 Enterprise 18348.19h1 host and am encountering a weird issue. When I start a VM, it doesn't boot but gets stuck on a black window. If I try to force reset it or anything like that, the
    UI for power controls is disabled and if I try to manually kill vmware-vmx.exe, it just won't die. I've tried with Process Hacker and with Task Manager, to no avail. The only way to kill vmware-vmx.exe is to restart my host. The host is a Dell Inspiron 3650
    with an Intel Core i3 6100, 8GBs of DDR3 RAM, a WD Blue 1TB HD and Intel HD Graphics 530. I have also downgraded to VMware Workstation 15.0.1 which also didn't fix the issue. The guest is Ubuntu 18.04, however no matter what OS i'm running in the guest, this
    happens regardless.
     
    Ghostlex, Oct 30, 2020
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  4. PKMishra Win User

    Wow - VMware has killed off Shared VMs in VMware Workstation 16

    Vmware workstation 7 stoped working after upgrade from Win7SP1 to Win10

    Upgrade was perfect for all applications. But VMware workstation 7.1.6 went through the upgrade process but the VMs on the machine did not restart giving memory error. Reinstalled the software, VMs still do not start saying the "Authorization Service not
    started. Tried to install latest VMware Player 12, (VMware claims it runs on Win10), even that did not start. Both VMware 7.1.6 and VMware player 12 during installation gave an apparently non-fatal error message pertaining to "IRQL_NOT_LESS_NOT_EQUAL". Running
    Win10 Pro 64-bit with latest updates. Any suggestion to make VMware 7.1.6 work is welcome - PKM
     
    PKMishra, Oct 30, 2020
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