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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

VMWare - Cannot start Client Machine - Failed to lock the file

Description
You have setup a VMWare host and configure a couple of client machines inside.
One day you want to start the client machine but recieve an error "cannot open the ***********.vmdk or one of the snapshot disks it depends on. Reason: Failed to lock the file." You are certain that nothing is using that file.

Resolution
Find the file with *.lck extension inside the VM directory on the host machine. Rename the extension into something else. Try to start the VM client again.

1 comment:

Kenny said...

I was also able to fix this problem by opening up 'Activity Monitor' on my mac book and force quit the VMware process, restarted VMware and it booted straight into my VM with no problem.

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