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Somehow the default file extension for .VMX files got changed to notepad. How does this get changed back to the original association for VMWARE SERVER.

Also I want to make a clone of a running VM. How is this done without taking down the running VM and make changes to the clone so it doesn't interfere with the running orginal on the network?

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change the file association from notepad to VMware Server.

The only way is to create a snapshot, and then copy the main virtual disk, but this is not really supported, and the best way would be to shutdown the VM, and copy all the files to a new folder.

OR use VMware Converter to create a V2V.
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I would do that if it showed up like that. It just shows this. No option for VMWARE SERVER. This is version 2.0


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see this reference in the forums

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/194957

it should not affect the running of the VM.

Also please note VMware Server has been discontinued, and Extended Support finally ended in June 2011.

You would be advised to upgrade to VMware Workstation 9.0 which supports more OS, and has more supported features, such as clone.
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So there is no way to associate it back to the original association as it had some VMWARE icon?
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Re-installation of VMware Server 2.0.
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Wow. Don't know if I can do that. We have a bunch of VMs running. Can't take them all down just to re-install that.  Is there no other option?
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is it really causing you an issue?

just because the icon does not look perfect?

the likely cause is someone, has editted the file (vmx) with notepad, and re-assoicated the VMX file with notepad.

But it should not cause any issues, with the running of the VMs, as the VMs are not started from Windows Explorer.
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OK. Thanks. I just wanted to make sure that it would not cause future issues and prevent someone from modifying the configuration of VMs from inside the GUI interface.

Ideally yesy I would like it back to being the way it was, but if that is not possible without a re-load then I guess will have to live with it.
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can you not select the VMX file, and select a new program to open with?

e.g. select browse, and select a VMware Server exe ?
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There are a list of .exe in the VMware server Directory. I'm not sure which to choose. None of them say vmwareserver.exe. Keep in mind the instance of VMware Server is running on Server 2008R2

Here is a list
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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vmware-remotemks.exe is usually what it's associated with.

BUT, you cannot start VMs from Explorer, it's not supported.
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Didn't seem to restore the icon. I guess I'll just live with it. prolly no sure fire way to restore it with a re-install.
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you can select any icon for a file.
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Can't find where in server 2008 to change that. Its not under your typical file association or folder options
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