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VMWare Workstation Files

July 6, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve been working with Microsoft’s VirtualPC 7.0 for the last several years but have recently started to use VMWare Workstation 6.0 Ace Edition. The reason for the switch is that VMWare Workstation offers more advanced configuration options and is currently the leader in the world of virtualization products. Since both VirtualPC and VMWare use different files to store their key configurations, I’ve created a comparison list to help bridge the gap between them.

VMWare Workstation

VirtualPC

File Extension

Purpose

File Extension

Purpose

.vmx

Primary configuration file

.vmc

Primary configuration file

.vmdk

Virtual Hard Disk

.vhd

Virtual Hard Disk

.vmem

Paging file

.vud

Virtual HD saved state data

.vmss

Suspended state file

.vsv

Saved State data

.log

Log of key activity

   
.nvram

Stores VM’s BIOS

   
.vmsd

Centralized file for metadata and snapshots

   
.vmsn

Stores running state of snapshot

   
.vmtm

Contains team data

   
.vmxf

Supplemental configurations for VM’s that are in a team

   

 

As you can see Workstation has more than double the configuration files then VirtualPC and due to the more advanced configuration options requires a bit more time getting used to but is well worth the effort.

Additional Resources

What Files Make a Virtual VMWare Machine

VMWare or Virtual PC – Which Product is Right for You

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