Cannot open vm in the VMWare Workstation 7 GUI

Symptoms:
   * Tray icon shows "Virtual machines running: 1", as expected.
   * Double-clicking the tray icon opens the gui but the vm doesn't show in its tab, as usual. It just shows the default Home tab.
   * Right-click tray icon and pick "Open all background virtual machines" opens the gui and gets dialog: "This virtual machine appears to be in use". Pick Cancel, not Take Ownership. GUI is blank. Close gui.
   * At cmd prompt, check for running vms:
c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation>vmrun list
Total running VMs: 1
D:\vmware\p2v\Wind2 Server 2013.04.05.20.45.22\Wind2 Server 2013.04.05.20.45.22.vmx

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How can I fix this properly?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Open VMware Workstation and then see the machine above on the left side file list. Double click that to make the tab appear.

If not, then use File Open in VMware and navigate to the folder above and open it.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
> Open VMware Workstation and then see the machine above on the left side file list. Double click that to make the tab appear.
It doesn't show on the left side.

> If not, then use File Open in VMware and navigate to the folder above and open it.
Same dialog appears: This virtual machine appears to be in use. If this virtual machine is not in use, press the "Take Ownership" button to obtain ownership of it. Otherwise press the "Cancel" button to avoid damaging it

I pick Cancel.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Have you got a copy of the machine? It may be damaged.

Try this:

Make a new folder within the VMware machines folder structure. Copy (not move) the VMDK file there.

Now open VMware and make a NEW machine of the type you are trying to use. For the Source for the machine, point it to the VMDK file and see if it opens.

I have repaired files this way.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
The vm (a server) is running. Won't this mess things if I run another instance of the same server?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I don't think so, but you need to see what happens if it starts.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think if it starts, you would need to log in, so that is what I was trying to find out.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
I don't want to chance it. I think if it starts and gets to the windows logon screen, it will in the background, even before I login, try to or will, get the same IP, which is already in use. After that, things may get messy, e.g. clients can't see that server. I know it's the same MAC so it may not cause a problem. Still..
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the Server is running, log in from somewhere to it, disconnect users, stop applications that are running and shut it down.

Now see if (a) it opens now from Workstation or (b) you can set up another instance.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You could also try restarting the server, but then I am not sure (based on what you said) that you would be able to open it.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
Do you know if the VMRUN PAUSE command can be used? Then I can make a backup of the vm?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have not used the last command. But by its description, it should allow you to make a backup.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
I haven't had time to try suggestions. What are my options as far as the question? Do I close it?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If we have been of some assistance, then close it. If nothing has helped, then delete the question.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
> If we have been of some assistance, then close it.
Do you mean, regardless of whether the suggestions were applied or not? e.g. If they sound like they may help?

> If nothing has helped, then delete the question.
Can't say because I didn't do the suggestions.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Do you mean, regardless of whether the suggestions were applied or not? e.g. If they sound like they may help?

Yes.  Either that or try all the suggestions.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
I didn't have a chance to try any of the solutions. Still, I'm giving points for the help.

The client said the host server had a BSOD. The next time the VMWorkstation started, the VM started fine.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you for the update.
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NVITAuthor Commented:
You're Welcome, John
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