If you are running a lot of guest o.s in VMware Workstation and tired of going across tabs to power on these VM’s then there is a simpler way to do this. We can achieve this by using an application called vmrun which is part of VMware Workstation.

You can find this application in the directory where your VMware Workstation is installed.

For E.g: G:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation


How to use this utility

Go To CMD and browse to the path where vmrun.exe is placed and use the below command:

G:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation>vmrun.exe start “C:\Lab VM’s\DC\DC.vmx”

Note you have to give path to your guest os vmx file in order to start it


You can even create a batch file if you want to power on your guest o.s with windows startup.

You can download the latest version of VMware workstation from Here

Hope this is informational to you. Share it on social media if you find it useful. Happy learning !!!

Posted in: Vmware.
Last Modified: March 29, 2015

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