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WDDM Video Driver Fails in VMware Workstation 7.0

Today I’ve upgraded my VMware Workstation to the new version 7.0. After upgrading alle the VMware tools on my VM’s, the “Fit guest now” option didn’t work anymore….! After some trouble shooting I found the solution to fix this. You have to edit the .VMX file of your VM’s.

Change the following rule:

Old Situation:
virtualHW.version = “6”

New Situation: 
virtualHW.version = “7”

VM_VMX_01    VM_VMX_02

After a reboot, everything works fine again! 😀

How to: Extend VMDK in VMware Workstation

Today I was testing in my virtual test environment. On one server the system partition was out of space, so I had to extend the VMDK file, so there’ll  be some more space available.

With the following steps, you can extend your VMDK file.

– Open the commandline (Start, Run, CMD)
– Browe to the vmware-vdiskmanager.exe
– Give the new size of the VMDK file with the parameter -x
– Browse to the VMDK file you want to extend

So, for example, the full command would be:
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation>vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -x 40Gb D:\VM\INPLACEUPGRADE\INPLACEUPGRADE.vmdk
(Note: after the parameter X, give the total new size
of the VMDK file. So when your VMDK was 10 Gb, you want to extend with 30 Gb, you type in 40 Gb)

The next step is to make the system partition bigger. I’ll use Gparted Live. Mount the ISO, boot from it, and within three steps the partition grown to 40 Gb.



The steps above can also be used in VMware ESX Server.