Start Virtual Machines minimized in VMWare Player
Posted on 2011-02-18
We have a server running ubuntu desktop 10.04 and VMWare Player 3.1. We have 8 Windows XP Virtual machines that we use for a training class. These machines are set up so that guests can come in with their laptops and rdp into their own virtual desktop which is preconfigured with our software and settings.
We keep all the "Master VM's" in ./home/user/VirtualMachines. Our script copies all of the machines over to a folder on the desktop called Training VM then auto launches all the vm's. Once the training is finished, the trainer runs a script that deletes the training folder then empties the trash so they can start with fresh vm's the next time.
We are having two separate though minor issues. The larger of the two is that each machine is opening full screen and we cannot figure out to make the vm's start minimized. The second issues is that when the machines are started, we get the "this machine was moved or copied" message and cannot see how to either avoid or auto answer this prompt.
I know this is not the best way to do this, and we plan on using a hypervisor with snapshots the future, but for now we are limited to the hardware we have on hand and the server is not esxi compatable and I do not have time to test other options at the moment. Hoping someone out there might be able to help me figure these two problems out.
Thanks in advance!