ID #1085

Silent Defaults

I use the term "silent defaults" since years - sorry - don't know a better term for this as this is not documented anywhere.

I believe that a  vmx-file actually uses hundreds of parameters to configure a VM.
Most of them are undocumented and only a small number are actually printed to the vmx-file.

Lets have a look at some well known exampler for  silent defaults...

floppy0.present = "true"
scsi0.present = "true"
usb.present = "false"
ehci.present = "false"
sound.present = "false""
ide0.present = "true
ide1.present = "true
scsi0.virtualDev = "buslogic"
ethernet0.virtualDev = "vlance"
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "false"
numvcpus = "1"

Silent defaults are used even if they are not printed in the vmx-file.
The parameters only have to be defined if you want to change the default value.

So if you want to remove the first SCSI-controller from a VM you must set
scsi0.present = "false"
while it is not necessary to set
scsi0.present = "true"
when you want the SCSI-controller to be enabled.

Silent defaults may change without notice from version to version.

If you want full control set the required parameters manually.

Tags: defaults, vmx

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