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Thread: [SOLVED] VM's created on a Windows installation not running on Ubuntu

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    [SOLVED] VM's created on a Windows installation not running on Ubuntu

    I am trying to get VM's created in a windows version of VMware server 1.04 to open in VMware server on my Ubuntu gutsy box. I installed the VM's on a portable hard drive so I could take them back and forth between the two computers.

    When I brought home my portable hard drive to open them I was able to add them to my inventory by clicking "Open a virtual machine" and browsing to the .vmx files but when I try to power them on the VM's flash the black screen and then close, apparently unable to POST.

    When I look at the log it shows this as the error it first and repeatedly encounters:

    "FILEIO: Unknown filesystem 0x65735546 for directory /media/Backup/Win_Server_2003_Standard. Using non-linking locking."

    The VM's are server 2003. This seems like it would be a common enough scenario but I have had little luck with googling it. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

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    Re: VM's created on a Windows installation not running on Ubuntu

    Success! After a little more searching I seem to have found the solution.

    You must add a line to the .vmx file. I just navigated to it and opened it with a text editor. I then added the line:

    mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"

    After I saved and closed the file the VM booted up correctly.

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