VMWare Wrapper Script for Fullscreen Startup (Windows)

I found a batch script on my PC at work which I had written last year. It might be useful for someone who wants to start a VMware-Virtual-Machine directly in full screen mode with a simple shortcut. It is tested on WinXP with VMWare 4.5 but should also work with Win2000.

Anyway here is the code:

:: Script:  vmware.start.bat
:: Description: This automatically starts the
::      requested virtual machine in
::      fullscreen mode.
:: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws45/doc/special_fsswitch_ws.html
:: Last Update: 12-10-2004

@echo off

:: The following variable should point to 
:: your installation directory of VMWare

SET VM_DIR=C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation

:: The follwing variable should point to 
:: your virtual-machine-file (*.wmx)


IF '%VM_FILE%' == '' (
    echo Usage vmware.bat [vmx-file]
    goto end

    echo vmx-file doesn't exists.
    goto end

echo Switching to VM-Ware directory....

cd %VM_DIR%

echo Try to start VM...................

start vmware-fullscreen.exe -poweron -fullscreen -name=VM %VM_FILE%

    echo couldn't start vmware.
    goto end

echo VM is runing......................

:: ok the virtual machine is started
:: now we provide a little console

echo You are now in command mode, type "help" for a list of supported commands


set /P command=

if "%command%" == "quit" (
    vmware-fullscreen.exe -poweroff VM
) else if "%command%" == "switch" (
    vmware-fullscreen.exe -switchto VM
) else if "%command%" == "clear" (
) else if "%command%" == "help" (
    echo Supported commands
    echo   quit     shutdown the virtual machine and close this window
    echo   switch   switch to the virtual machine
    echo   clear    clear the screen
    echo   help     diplay this message
) else (
    echo Syntax error type "help" for a list of supported commands

goto console


The script first invokes the virtual machine and then provides a little console for controlling it further. The script expects the vmware-config file as command line argument, here is an example:

vwmare.start.bat "C:\My Virtual Machines\Debian\Debian.vmx"

I have also set up a config file to easily switch between the vm and the host operating system via hotkeys. It should be placed under C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini.

prefvmx.useRecommendedLockedMemSize = "TRUE"
priority.grabbed = "normal"
priority.ungrabbed = "normal"
fullScreenSwitch.cycleKey = "0x09,0x3"
FullScreenSwitch.hostDirectKey = "0x1B,0x3"
FullScreenSwitch.cycleHost = "TRUE"

This allows us to circle between the vm and the host with: Ctrl + Alt + Tab. With Ctrl + Alt + Escape we are back to the host. And with Ctrl + F1 we can switch back to the virtual machine. See this page for further information.