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vmware workstation player vm backup and export

in the latest version of vmware workstation player (14) you can no longer backup a vm or export a vm from the gui instead you need to run ovtool from the command line

C:\> "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\OVFTool\ovftool.exe" -h


C:\> ovftool.exe path-to-your-vmx path-to-your-ova-file-or-ovf-dir

you can specify target type instead of using file suffix ie OVA, OVF

C:\> ovftool.exe --targettype OVA path-to-your-vmx path-to-your-ova-file

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windows 10 edge browser vms

windows 10 edge vms for testing the edge browser

google cloud vm pricing estimates

google cloud vm pricing estimates

  • $70/m red hat enterprise linux
  • $57/m windows server 2016


windows server 2016 vms require > 800MB ram

windows server 2016 vms require > 800MB ram

Allocate more than 800 MB RAM to the virtual machine you intend to install this release on. Once Setup has completed, you can change the allocation to as little as 512 MB RAM, depending on the actual server configuration.

opensuse vm builders the next gen

the opensuse susestudio vm builder based on top of opensuse kiwi

is evolving into opensuse build service based on top of suse kiwi next generation

the great thing about kiwi next generation is that you can use it to create docker containers


if you have created a ms windows domain cluster out of cloned vms you may need to run ntdsutil

if you have created a ms windows domains out of cloned (virtual box or vmware)  vms you may find you have duplicate SID security identifiers and you will need to run ntdsutil on your cloned servers before you add them to your domain to avoid getting this error:

The operation failed because:

The attempt to join this computer to the “ADDS2012.HOME” domain failed.

“The domain join cannot be completed because the SID of the domain you attempted to join was identical to the SID of this machine. This is a symptom of an improperly cloned operating system install.  You should run sysprep on this machine in order to generate a new machine SID. Please see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=168895 for more information.”