Do Your VMware Workstation Guests Take Forever to Shutdown?

If you use VMware Workstation, you know that the guest can take forever to shutdown. The solution at works perfectly. The solution is to edit your VMX file and ADD the following lines:

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

You may be asking, what do these settings do? Here ya go:

  • prefvmx.minVmMemPct = “100″ – try to fit memory into RAM
  • mainMem.useNamedFile = “FALSE” – doesn’t use named-file, which is only used for VMs on slow disks
  • mainMem.partialLazySave = “FALSE”  – do not take snapshots in background
  • mainMem.partialLazyRestore = “FALSE”  – do not restore snapshots in background

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