Normally I have multiple vm’s running for various different projects - all of these are in VMWare Workstation instances I toggle between suspend and started. I decided to create a script and an Ubuntu launcher icon for toggling the vms back and forth.
First, check out the launcher I used:
[Desktop Entry] Name=VMWare MyProject Toggle GenericName=VMWare MyProject Toggle Comment=Run VMWare Exec=/home/aaron/vmware-toggle-myproject.sh Icon=vmware-workstation StartupNotify=true Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Programming;IDE;
The bash toggle script checks to see if the current VM is running, and then does the appropriate action depending on if it was found or not.
#!/bin/bash VM="/home/aaron/vmware/myproject/myproject.vmx" RUNNING=`vmrun list` if [[ "$RUNNING" == *"$VM"* ]] then vmrun suspend "$VM" soft else vmrun start "$VM" fi
So, when I start my day, all I have to do is type the name of my project and hit enter on the launcher. When the day is done, no need to find the VM’s small X on the tab - I just run the toggle again and its suspended.