In a NetWare virtual machine, use the system console, configure virtual machine options such as time synchronization, CPU idling, and device configuration with VMware Tools. The VMware Tools command-line program is called vmwtool.

Although you cannot use the VMware Tools configuration utility in a NetWare virtual machine, you can run the vmwtool command to achieve some of the same functionality. This command has the following syntax:

vmwtool command
Table 1. vmwtool Commands

vmwtool Command

Description

help

Displays a summary of VMware Tools commands and options in a NetWare guest operating system.

partitonlist

Displays a list of all disk partitions in the virtual disk and whether or not a partition can be shrunk.

shrink [partition]

Shrinks the listed partitions. If no partitions are specified, all partitions in the virtual disk are shrunk.

The status of the shrink process appears at the bottom of the system console.

devicelist

Lists each removable device in the virtual machine, its device ID, and whether the device is enabled or disabled. Removable devices include the virtual network adapter, CD-ROM, and floppy drives. By default, a floppy drive is not connected when the virtual machine powers on.

disabledevice [device_name]

Disables the specified device or devices in the virtual machine. If no device is specified, all removable devices in the virtual machine are disabled.

enabledevice [device_name]

Enables the specified device or devices in the virtual machine. If no device is specified, all removable devices in the virtual machine are enabled.

synctime [on|off]

Lets you turn on or off synchronization of time in the guest operating system with time on the host operating system. By default, time synchronization is turned off.

Use this command without any options to view the current time synchronization status.

idle [on|off]

Lets you turn the CPU idler on or off. By default, the idler is turned on. The CPU idler program is included in VMware Tools for NetWare guest operating systems.

The idler program is needed because NetWare servers do not idle the CPU when the operating system is idle. As a result, a virtual machine takes CPU time from the host regardless of whether the NetWare server software is idle or busy.