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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Looking around I've found another VMtools effort of making the MAC easier to play with from inside VMware at:

VMacTool - GUI control of VMware from MacOSX

From the Author:
The current incarnation is just a prototype. It is written in bash, using CocoaDialog for the GUI functions. I'm in the process now of digging into the vmw.c source in preparation for tearing out main() and replacing it with a Cocoa interface 'natively'... but the more that I think about it, the more I think that this isn't the Right Way.

My current line of thinking is that I'd do better to make vmw continously read commands and options from stdin, fire off the VMware hooks, and print any results to stdout in an easily parsed fashion. Then I write a Cocoa GUI app that exec's the new vmw and communicates with it via dual pipes.

This way, the GUI is seperate from the VMware backend. It will make producing such tools for other unsupported OS's in VMware that much easier. QNX and Haiku are high on my list after MacOSX.

Feedback from others:
Thanks for the VMacTool!

Here are some comments from what I experienced:

I've downloaded the tool and gave it a run. First thing that I did was to set up the mouse behaviour so I can seemlessly pass between host os (ubuntu feisty) and guest OSX 10.4.7. I selected the mouse options and clicked on Toggle - the vmactool reappeared without any change.

So I started the Console - to have a look what's going on. Toggling the settings while having the console opened miraculously pushed me forward as the options were really changing and the behaviour changed respectively.

Mouse entering and leaving the OSX window worked - only the osx desktop mapping became approx 20 pixels shifted. (I had to click 20 pixels to the left from the spot I wanted to click on). I also was unable to reach to the edges of the OSX window - being approx 40 pixel near the edge, the mouse cursor jumped out of the window itself.

Fullscreen worked perfectly!

VMacTool is a great job. I had this wild vmware image I downloaded - so I guess most of my problems come out of that installation.....(and the rest out of my ignorance ;-) )

I'll be installing 10.4.8 (JAS) today or tomorrow and I'll try the upgrade to 10.4.9 from your tutorial, so I'll post my updates experience with VMacTool then....

Thanks! Keep up the good work.

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2007 12:20 PM Real Cool Stuff , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top


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