Wednesday, November 25, 2009

VMware Server - vmrun list command

This is a quick how to article on using some basic command line tools to administer VMware server 2 virtual machines running on a Linux system. In my case I am running Vmware Server on Centos 5.4 but I'm sure this will be very similar if not exactly the same on other versions of Linux.

Anyway here is the small problem I ran into. I wanted to get a list of running virtual machines on my centos server so I used the command

vmrun list

If memory serves me corretly this used to spit back a list of the running vms. However the above command now returns

Error: Malformed hostname parameter. For the given service provider, the hostname must be a URL, in the form https://:/sdk

The correct command that did work was

vmrun -h https://localhost:8333/sdk -u adminusername -p adminpassword list

The above command would then produce the following output.

Total running VMs: 1
[standard] XPPro/XPPro.vmx

The command above can be adjusted accordingly run other functions on the vm as well (start, stop, pause, etc...). Please see the full documentation on the website.

I not sure when the command changed (perhaps for better security in the latest vmware server software) but the above steps now get me to where I need to be.

Hope this helps someone else.

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1 comment:

Ricardo Coelho said...

If you're not willing to type your password in command line, you may create a script like this one below.
Don't forget to change settings for your own environment.


this=`/usr/bin/basename $0`
if [ -z $1 ]; then
   /bin/echo "Usage: $this [parameters]"
   exit 0
read -p "User [$me]: " user
if [ -z $user ]; then
read -sp "Password: " pass
/bin/echo -e "\n"
/usr/bin/vmrun -h https://localhost:8333/sdk -u $user -p $pass "$1" "$2" "$3" "$4" "$5" "$6" "$7" "$8" "$9"