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Thread: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

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    Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Wondering if it's possible to automount a VMDK without leaving a term window open and running, and to have access to it through nautilus while running off of it in VMware? Right now it seems to be either/or (lock issues).

    Also, is there perhaps a graphical utility for mounting VMware drive images under linux? Having to use console commands every time is irritating.

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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    VMware Server has a GUI for mounting images. Or do you mean something else?
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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Basically I'd like access to the root of my virtual machine's drive, through nautilus, while my virtual machine is running. Just wondering how I would go about doing that, in any fashion, though preferably using a GUI utility of some kind or another.

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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Gosh, if you are running VMware Server, the free one, to do what you wish would require going across filesystems, Linux ext3 to Windows NTFS, without the use of Samba (smb). Somehow ntfs-3g would come into play. I've never thought of wishing to do what you want. I do think it is possible.

    Maybe others here will respond.
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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Well, I can mount the vmware drive, and the file becomes locked... I can load the virtual machine... and the file becomes locked.

    I *think* it's as simple as preventing one or the other from having exclusive access to the file. Most likely mounting it first without the lock, then loading the VM.

    Is it even possible to prevent locking of the file when mounting?

    I'm using the method described this guide:
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/howto-moun...readwrite.html


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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Well, I've looked at where I have my VMware winXP vm. I see that there are lock files for reading and writing.

    How do you mount the package that contains the VMDK files and all the other files associated with a vm package?

    I load my vm package with the VMware console supplied by VMware, the free kind, and not the Beta 2 kind.
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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Izza View Post
    I'm using the method described this guide:
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/howto-moun...readwrite.html
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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Sorry, the site you posted shows only a blank white screen. Tried three times with the same results.

    Pray tell, what is wrong with using the Console that comes witn VMware?
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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    I'm using the free vmware server.

    I can load the virtual machine fine, I can mount the drive image and browse it with nautilus just fine. I cannot, however, do both at once.

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    Re: Auto VMDK mounting/lock issues

    Gosh, I seem to have trouble understanding what you want to do. Lock or mount but not both at the same time?

    Okay, maybe your folder that contains the VMX files are root permission. They can be login user if you wish by the chown command:

    Code:
    sudo chown -R login:login /foldername
    where login is your login name, e.g. Izza.
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