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always start tonight

VMX-file parameters


manually set the start-time of a VM


config.version = "7"
virtualHW.version = "3"
displayName = "I_will_always_start_9th_July_at_19:46_2004_Berlin-Time"
guestOS = "winXPPro"
scsi0.present = "TRUE"
memsize = "256"
ide0:0.present = "FALSE"
ide0:0.fileName = "my.vmdk"
ide1:0.present = "FALSE"
ide1:0.fileName = "my.iso"
ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-image"
floppy0.fileType = "file"
floppy0.fileName = "my.flp"
floppy0.startConnected = "FALSE"
Ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
Ethernet0.addressType = "generated"
sound.present = "FALSE"
sound.virtualDev = "es1371"
sound.fileName = "-1"
usb.present = "FALSE"
priority.grabbed = "normal"
priority.ungrabbed = "normal"
isolation.tools.hgfs.disable = "TRUE"
isolation.tools.dnd.disable = "TRUE"
redoLogDir = "."
rtc.startTime = "1089395200"
tools.syncTime = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.continue ="FALSE"
time.synchronize.restore = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.resume.disk = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.resume.memory = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.shrink = "FALSE"

In case you want to have a virtual machine that always starts at the very same point in time - your birthday or what ever here is how to do it: Take the rtc.StartTime value and calculate the offset to the given date in seconds and adjust the StartTime.
The "time.synchronize" parameters make sure that this startTime will never change.
By the way - for a test simply copy the text in the box into a text-file and rename the file to always-start-tonight.vmx
This lttle machine does not need any further files.

time.synchronize.tools.startup = "FALSE"

since WS 6.0.1 you also need this entry !

If you want to set your start time you may find this site helpful ...




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