My way of running VMware Fusion: A boot & networking tweak guide

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by psid, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. SideStepSociety macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
  2. psid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Well you did all steps all right except for the last one which admittedly is the trickiest.

    I assume you selected the second option e(x)it and left the file unchanged.

    To try again, after typing the command:

    EDITOR=/usr/bin/nano sudo visudo

    with the sudoers file open just keep pressing ctrl-v and when nothing happens (no more text scrolling) you will be at the end of the file.

    And just to make sure you can also press ctrl-c which will show you the current position in the file like so:

    [ line 48/48 (100%), col 1/1 (100%), char 1359/1359 (100%) ]

    Actuall line numbers will probably be different on your Mac but if it says 100% you are at the end.

    You can then actually paste the line as shown from step 5 using cmd-v. Exit and save the file as before and you should get no warning now.

    I hope this is clearer?
  3. marikavs macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Awww, so close. Thank you. The next time I feel brave I'll try again - I really would like to be able to start up my Mac without VMware fusion running all that "stuff." For now, though, I reinstalled it and had to contend with Windows Activation (both in VMware and in BootCamp proper.)
  4. hekokimushi, Jun 1, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011

    hekokimushi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2008
    Great IDEA like wise. dislike being forced and untold about things launched without my intention wasting system resources

    where is com.vmware.fusion.netopt.plist stored please? for the enhancement?

    i executed the scripts on OSX10.6.7 on VMF 3.1.2 with Win7 on a hackintosh worked flawless.
    " " " on OSX 10.6.7 on VMF 3.1.3 on my MB5,1 with Ubuntu11.04 on me MB5,1 worked flawless.

    great work.

    and when system updates is performed. does the whole copying of the .sh file and nanoing the list required?

    one more thing i noticed thou, after quitting VMWare. checking on Activity Monitor. Two items remain on VMF3.1.3, VMWare Fusion Helper and VMware Fusion Start Menu process still remain standing. is that intentional?

    my greatest concern is boot time. as my MB booted with 6 gear spins prior installing VMware. post installation gear spin counts to 30. i assume/expect by preventing them v-kexts and dameons launching should bring me back to if not at 6gear spins, at least less than 10. any info please? :)

    Right picture is before running VMF3.1.3
    Left picture is after quitting.

    any chance to include in the sh files to kill these two VMware Fusion Helper and VMware Fusion Start Menu please.


    Attached Files:

  5. psid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    The com.vmware.fusion.netopt.plist file is inside your user's Preferences folder (that is /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences).

    The VMware Fusion Start Menu process is running because that is what you have set it to do in the Virtual Machine Settings. The script has no reason to kill it.

    To stop it go to Virtual Machine Settings (cmd-E) -> Applications -> Show applications menu in menu bar and select either Never or Only when Fusion is running. You probably have to do this for every Virtual Machine if you have many setup.

    As for the VMWare Fusion Helper process I think that it must be listed in your system login items. Go to System Preferences -> Accounts -> Login Items and if it is there just remove it.

    Try the above and let us know if you succeeded.
  6. hekokimushi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2008
    psid you are a star.

    selecting off in the Application menu terminated the both processes when VMF quits.

    Fantastic. regain full control now. :)
  7. Tonsko macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2010
    Are those the bits and pieces that tell OSX where programs are? For example, receive an excel file via mac mail, click on it and W7 VM unpauses and opens it. Dead useful that sometimes if it is.
  8. psid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    I think that the VMWare Fusion Helper process is responsible for what you described. And the scripts do not touch that, they only deal with the kernel extensions and root daemons.

    The idea is that if you decide to use these scripts you do not lose any functionality at all.
  9. untrained macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
    no network on vmware

    How do I do this I tired to put it in run an it says windows cant find $
  10. tokanizar, Jul 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

    tokanizar macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    OS X Lion compatibility

    Hi psid, could you please confirm that this process works for the latest version of Mac OS, 10.7 Lion?

    I've just upgraded to Lion and got some problem with VMWare Fusion. It seems that the scripts work great except one thing: the network.

    Investigations (including re-starting the Mac, re-installing VMware Fusion 3.1.3) shows that the scripts probably cannot start the vmnet kext.

    This is after starting VMware:

    ngocminh@MBP[411]:~ $ kextstat | grep vm
      147    0 0xffffff7f821b4000 0xd1000    0xd1000    com.vmware.kext.vmx86 (3.1.3) <7 5 4 3 1>
      149    0 0xffffff7f80796000 0xe000     0xe000     com.vmware.kext.vmci (3.1.3) <5 4 3 1>
      150    0 0xffffff7f807c1000 0x7000     0x7000     com.vmware.kext.vmioplug (3.1.3) <33 25 5 4 3 1>
    And after shuting it down, there's no kext like this to show. I think this is the reason why the networking is not started when the VMware Fusion starts.

    Please help me fix this because I love your way of using VMware, and I like to change the subnets for virtual networks using by VMware, your scripts help me with it!

    Thanks in advance!
  11. psid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Sorry but I have not upgraded to Lion yet. I plan to do so in the next couple of weeks since I've been quite busy. Will then certainly try to get Fusion working again and post the results here.
  12. tokanizar macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    I am waiting for that. Thank you in advance, psid!
  13. hekokimushi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2008
    Just installed a fresh copy of Lion.

    then installed VMF3.1.2.
    ran the VM
    worked in Lion.
    when VMF quits, all the kext were still loaded as seen in terminals as expected.

    Applied the tweak as described to attempt to remove the unused kext when VMF is not running

    after applying all the necessary.

    booted up VM, no network. saying problem with loading vnet8?

    thought i screwed up, finger trouble. re-did it all again by first uninstalling, re-installing. ran, apply tweak.

    same happens. tried to undo the tweak.
    then when load up VM, it says can't locate vmmon

    now totally uninstalled VMF.
    any idea please?
  14. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    No need to change anything mate. I got it up and running with Lion. Everything runs and shuts down when its the appropriate time.

    Running Fusion 3.1.3 and Lion :)
  15. tokanizar macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    It's kinda weird! Seems that hekokimushi has the same problem with me when the vmnet kext is not loaded. Is there anybody using Lion and successfully applied the tweak?
  16. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    You guys prob did it wrongly... follow the instructions fully and make sure you do not have any errors on any of the steps. Key thing is make sure you got that zip file with the scripts downloaded to the correct location or it won't work :)

    I'll show you guys my terminal output just to prove to you this works.

    This one's with VMware on
    And this one is with VMware off
  17. tokanizar macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Have done it several times (as VMware fusion had been updated). This time I copied and pasted from this forum. I don't think it could go wrong. However, I am trying to have "clean" install of Lion on my system. Will try it again and report back. Cheers!
  18. hekokimushi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2008
    i have done it many times. failed in Lion. no Prob in SL.:confused:
  19. tokanizar macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Clean Lion feedback

    Sorry for the late response.

    I have installed a clean Lion with VMware Fusion 3.1.3. Do all those things and it WORKS!

    Have no idea why it didn't work last time, when I have Lion upgraded from Snow Leopard.

    Thanks psid for this greate mod!
  20. hekokimushi, Aug 5, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011

    hekokimushi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2008
    hey mate, what have you done differently??
    just copied all again and tried again, no luck

    what i noticed different from SL was, unable to load up nano, seems the EDITOR line, brings me only vi...


    finally sorted. turns out, it wasn't recognising the home directory which is on another partition.
    i replaced all ~ by its actual fixed location. i.e. replaced all ~ by /Volume/<diskName>/<user>/

    phew... glad it is all working again. :)
  21. psid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Instructions for Lion

    Finally installed Lion and I think I solved the mystery of why/when the scripts fail to work properly.

    When is this happening:

    Only when you have the mod already applied and then upgrade to Lion.

    If you upgrade to Lion and have never applied the mod before or if you do a clean install everything should work as is.

    Why is this happening:

    The problem as hekokimushi has figured out has to do with determining the home folder. The reason is that in Lion the default settings for sudo have changed.

    If we compare the default sudoers file from Snow Leopard to that of Lion we see that an extra line is added in Lion:

    Defaults env_keep += "HOME MAIL"

    But it seems that while upgrading the installer sees that the sudoers file had been modified before and does not change it at all.

    *** This means that if you had the mod applied and then upgraded to Lion your sudoers file is missing the line above. ***

    How to fix it:

    You have to edit sudoers (using sudo visudo) and manually add the missing line. Here is how the section of the file were defaults are specified should look like:

    # Defaults specification
    Defaults env_reset
    Defaults env_keep += "BLOCKSIZE"
    Defaults env_keep += "COLORFGBG COLORTERM"
    Defaults env_keep += "__CF_USER_TEXT_ENCODING"
    Defaults env_keep += "LINES COLUMNS"
    Defaults env_keep += "LSCOLORS"
    Defaults env_keep += "SSH_AUTH_SOCK"
    Defaults env_keep += "TZ"
    Defaults env_keep += "EDITOR VISUAL"
    Defaults env_keep += "HOME MAIL"

    That is you should add the line:

    Defaults env_keep += "HOME MAIL"

    after this line:

    Defaults env_keep += "EDITOR VISUAL"

    What happened to nano?

    In Lion you cannot change the editor used to edit sudoers. That is the line:

    EDITOR=/usr/bin/nano sudo visudo

    does not work as before. You still get vim as your editor.

    The reason is that the env_editor option is off by default in Lion but was on by default in Snow Leopard (for anyone more interested type man sudoers). This can be changed but probably not worth doing. Instead here are some basic instructions of how to do step 5 using vim.

    5. Add to sudoers.

    This is done using the visudo command which must be run with sudo (we cannot give ourselves permission to be running a script as root without first being root) so type:

    $ sudo visudo

    Press shift-g to go to the last line, then press shift-a to go to the end of that line, press return to start a new line and add the following exactly:

    ALL ALL = NOPASSWD: /Applications/VMware\

    Now press Esc to go to command mode and press shift-; then type wq (to write changes and quit) and press return again.

    If you get a warning like the following:

    What now?
    Options are:
    (e)dit sudoers file again
    e(x)it without saving changes to sudoers file
    (Q)uit and save changes to sudoers file (DANGER!)

    it means you made a mistake, do NOT select Q to quit, either press e to try again or x to cancel your changes.

    I hope all the above is not too intimidating but if you have any questions or problems just ask here and I'll try to help if I can.
  22. zer0xXx, Aug 21, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2011

    zer0xXx macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2011
    problem opening .vmware files

    i changed this (in
    to this:
    /Applications/VMware\ $*

    and now it opens them as it did originally
  23. tokanizar, Sep 15, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011

    tokanizar macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    VMware Fusion 4

    The new version 4 of Vmware Fusion is out!

    I've just upgraded (with tool provided in the package installer) to this new release and the workaround by psid still works. However, I realize there's no vmware.bin (and script by psid) and anymore. So I wonder whether or not Vmware Fusion 4 add psid's workaround into their product. :rolleyes:

    Is there anybody there just clean-install Vmware Fusion 4? Could you please confirm that the kexts and vmnets are only started with Vmware, not with the system? ;)
  24. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  25. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    No. It wasn't even necessary then, but it really doesn't work now as VMWare doesn't install any system extensions anymore.

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