VMWARE Workstation doesn't install properly in ShadowUser "shadowmode"

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  1. paulescobar

    paulescobar Registered Member

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    Can anyone install VmWare WorkStation in a ShadowUser "shadowmode" session (frozen session)?

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    I have never used VmWare before.
    So I decided to be cautious, and test it in ShadowUser.


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    The installation goes fine.
    It asks me to reboot.
    (Thanks to ShadowUser, I can reboot within a frozen session)

    But after the reboot, I get problems.
    - My internet connection stops working.
    - The VmWare window that opens has trouble loading "startup tips".
    - The "Preferences" menu option is greyed out.
    - Attempting to create a Virtual OS thing causes error message saying neccessary files or services are missing (even though the program files folder exists).

    So I exit VmWare & reboot again...
    - My internet connection returns.
    - The "startup tips" & "preferences" in VmWare work.
    - But I still get the same problem when creating a new virtual OS. The pop-up says neccessary files or services are missing.


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    I have tried this in many "shadowmode" sessions.
    I can't get it to work.

    I'm wondering whether this is the fault of my own system...or ShadowUser.
    Anyone have any ideas?
     
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  2. Meriadoc

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    Hi paulescobar :) , I use StorageCraft software - ShadowProtect with Workstation 6.5 and tried SU in a vm but never tried an install of Workstation in an SU session.
    Can you produce an image and try that route?
     
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  3. paulescobar

    paulescobar Registered Member

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    Sorry...
    I don't understand what you mean by "image".

    Do you mean a screenshot of my error message?
    Or a disk image?
    Or something else?


    EDIT

    Meriadoc,

    Do you mean backup my system to an image (like Acronis True Image) ?
    Try VmWare.
    If problem, then revert back?


    EDIT #2

    To everyone,
    I have to log off for a few hours.
    Going to work.

    After work, I will return.
    I will respond as soon as possible.

    Thanks to MeriaDoc & anyone who can help.
    Really appreciate it.
     
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  4. Meriadoc

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    Yes, as in something like True Image.

    When I return home I will have a look at installing Workstation while in a SU shadow.
     
  5. paulescobar

    paulescobar Registered Member

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    Ah!
    Yes, I will do that if all other attempts fail.

    Thank you!
    This will help me. :)
     
  6. paulescobar

    paulescobar Registered Member

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    After running more tests, I have identified the problem.

    If I install in ShadowMode, Vmware doesn't install the virtual adapters properly.

    But when I install normally, everything installs & it works properly.

    I'm really disappointed in ShadowUser.
    It shouldn't have this sort of problem. :'(
     
  7. Longboard

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    I never used ShadowUser, but isn't it a type of virtualisation utility??
    Afaik, cannot install a VM in another VM ??
    Proof in pudding I guess. o_O

    As far as it goes, an install of VMWare to your primary drive/partition will not screw it up.
    Uninstalls really cleanly afaics.
    Heh: once you try VMWare : woo hoo...

    If worried then image/restore might be the best option: Storage Craft has the 'other' good imager.
     
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