2014-02-12 04:32 PM
I could only find TGZ-balls of the simulator available for download. When gunzipped, the resulting tarfile is a bundle of vmdk files, and is not in a form than vmware player 6 (the current version) can import. Player 6 only supports .vmx, .wmc, .ova, and .ovf files.
Since there are no longer any free vmware products that are installable on Windows 7, is there a way I can get the simluator?
Or are the ISO versions Live CDs?
2014-02-13 05:37 AM
It should contain a VMX file. I just did install VSIM with cDOT 8.2 yesterday on VMware WS10 and there was a VMX file.
(and then I merged the split vmdk files into one file, updated to cDOT 8.2P5 and replaced the 1GB simulated disks with using 4GB ones).
2014-02-13 10:27 AM
The vmx file contains only parameters pointing to VMDK files. Once I copy the VMDK files it refers to (DataONTAP-flat, DataONTAP-var, DataONTAP-nvram, DataONTAP-sim) over to the same directory as the VMX file I get an error "Error while powering on: The file specified is not a virtual disk."
I'll try copying all of the VMDK files and see what happens.
2014-02-13 12:32 PM
Well, the VM starts but it crashes and ends up stuck in a pepetual crash-and-reboot cycle. The error is erased on screen too quickly to see. This whole setup seems not ready for prime time :-(
2014-02-13 01:12 PM
Did you press ctrl-c and wipe the disks ?
I think that's mentioned somewhere in the installation PDF.
Since I usually replace the virtual 1GB disks with bigger ones I do that anyway.
2014-02-13 09:56 PM
Unzip the tarball (I used 7zip but)
Open VMX file with VMware player
start the VM
click into console window
when 'press ctl-c' message appears press ctrl-c
in menu select 4 to wipe disks
after disk wipe is finished you should have a usable simulator. That procedure is described in the installation PDF. I've done this several times in the past for different versions of the simulator (using VMware Workstation 9/10 or ESXi 5.1 where an additional step to convert the unsupported disk format is needed).
I never had to do any changes to the VMX file (well if I convert the split VMDK data file which contains the disk images into one big file I hve to tell the system to use that one but that's just remove hard drive 4 and add preexisting file as hard drive 4 type ide)
Which version of the simulator are you trying to use ? whats the file name (there are 4 files for 7m/cm and VMware Workstation/ESXi)? Are you running Linux or Windows ? You are running Player 6 on Windows 7?