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Configuring VMWare Workstation’s shared VM datastore using a shell

So, VMWare workstation now has a Shared VMs feature since I believe version 8.0. One of the cool things about Workstation is that it can run headless on a Linux system. However, without the GUI sometimes it’s hard to configure. Here’s how to manually configure the datastore from the command line.

The file we are interested in is /etc/vmware/hostd/datastores.xml. Inside this file is the path to the datastore. An example is shown below.

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Edit this to the path you need.

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Save it, and then restart the shared VMs service.

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That’s it, problem solved!

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