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Thursday, August 2, 2012

VMWare Virtual Machine takes a long time to shutdown

Not sure if I posted this already but while setting up my VMWare Virtuals today (to test out SharePoint 2013!) I noticed the VM was taking a very long time to shut down.

Having dealt with this before, I scrambled around to find the solution and having found it, post it here for you:

VM Takes Long Time to Shutdown Fix
0) Shut down the VM before you do anything; if something like a Production server, you should either backup the entire directory that holds the VM files or take a snapshot (depends on your product).

1) In the VM's folder, locate the <vmname>.VMX file

2) Make a copy (backup) of the file (this is important!)

3) Edit the file using notepad (don't use anything like Word) - locate the following entries in file - if you DO NOT find them, add them to the bottom of the file:

prefvmx.minVmMemPct = "100"
mainMem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"
mainMem.partialLazySave = "FALSE"
mainMem.partialLazyRestore = "FALSE"

4) Save the file and exit notepad

5) Start the VM - let it completely start, log in, then choose normal shutdown - should now shutdown in a matter of seconds.

I've had no adverse effects with these settings but use at your own risk.

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