Jul 08

I am getting more and more familiar with VMware Player since I use it almost every day in my current project. When I restarted my computer and the image after an unexpected shutdown I got this message: This virtual machine appears to be in use. This post lets you know how to easily get your image up and running again.

virtual machine in use

Above you can see the alert box I got when I tried to start my image in the VMware Player. The configuration file only tells you the path to your image, I added a censor strip since the path revealed my customer name.

  1. Go to the configuration file path (where you have you image)
  2. There you will find some folders with .lck ending (this is the locking file state)
  3. In my case three folders (imagename.vmem.lck, imagename.vmdk.lck and imagename.vmx.lck)
  4. Delete those folders
  5. Restart your image

This did the trick for me :)

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Jul 06

VMvareToday I could not start my VMware image any more, it started restoring virtual machine state and hung when 1/3 of the progress bar was completed. Not only did the VMware player hang but also all other programs on my computer. All shortcuts like (alt + F4) and (ctrl + alt + del) gave me no response as well, to get out of this situation I needed to hold down the power on/off button and restart my machine.

I looked at some documentation for the VMware player and found the solution, very easy to fix and I thought that I should share this with you.

I am using the VMware player 2.5.2, you can download it from VMware player download page (free version).
Go to the folder where you keep your image and delete the .vmss (VMware suspended virtual machine state) file. Now you can restart your image and everything should work fine. By deleting the .vmss file you will lose all unsaved data from your previous session.

I know why this happened to my image: I manually restarted my machine while the image was running. This lead to a corrupted virtual machine state and therefore it hung. Why the rest of my computer hangs when this happens I don’t know (running Vista).

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