The GUI of VMWare Workstation seemed quite slow and always run into “not responding” state when I try to boot a guest. I tried the vmrun command and it works very smoothly, so I wrote a simple batch script which can be used to run a guest automatically on windows start.

@echo off

if "%1" == "" (
    set vm_name=X:\\default\\path\\to\\linux.vmx
) else (
    set vm_name=%1

vmrun list | findstr /E "%vm_name%" 1>NUL

if errorlevel 1 (
    echo Starting %vm_name% ...
    vmrun -T ws start %vm_name% nogui
) else (
    echo %vm_name% is running


Windows batch script is rarely used (at least for me) so I make a note here in case I or other guys need such script in the future.

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