Hi, i need to disable the license agreement in vmware 6.5.
I found this: http://itninja.com/question/blackberry-3.6-must-run-setup.exe568&mpage=1&key=&#31570
But it did not help with the license problem. In my preferences.ini i have this:
pref.eula.2.appName = "VMware Workstation"
pref.eula.2.buildNumber = "80004"
and this:
pref.eula.0.appName = "VMware Player"
pref.eula.0.buildNumber = "45731"
but it did not disable it.
The preferences.ini ist correct implemented in the user settings after full installation (via usersettings.vbs copying the file in the appdata-folder).
BUT: It seems, that vmware creates a new eula-entry in my ini, actually i am at "pref.eula.5.appName (...)"
When i put this entry in my ini, vmware puts a new one with #6 at the end of the file (just before asking of accepting the eula).
What can i do? Accept the onetime question or is there any solution?

Greets
Corinna
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If anyone wants to know:
Thank you for contacting VMware Licensing Support.
After all the research and investigations we found that the EULA page cannot be by-passed for installing any products.
You will hav to accept EULA and only then would you be able to install any products.
I believe this answers the query you have.
Answered 12/03/2008 by: Corinna
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ORIGINAL: Corinna
Thank you for contacting VMware Licensing Support.
After all the research and investigations we found that the EULA page cannot be by-passed for installing any products.
You will hav to accept EULA and only then would you be able to install any products.
I believe this answers the query you have.

They lied. I was able to suppress the EULA by writing to the preferences.ini file. YMMV if it's worth it to engineer this. It's got to go into the %userprofile%\application data\vmware directory so you'll have to figure out a way to get it to each user's profile who'll be logging on, like Active Setup.

pref.eula.0.buildNumber = "118166"
webUpdate.enabled = "FALSE"
Answered 12/03/2008 by: aogilmor
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Hi Owen,

are you sure? I can confirm with version 6.03.* is everything fine on that way, but version 6.5.* will not work on this case.
I copied the preferences.ini in exactly same folder as you wrote, i made nothing else then in v6.03, but it does not work.
obtw: Same problem now seems to be with the web-update. Does not work with the preferences.ini.

Greets
Corinna
Answered 12/04/2008 by: Corinna
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Why not simply monitor the EULA entry procedure with a process/file/registry monitor, or snapshot it with a lightweight snapshotter like In Control or InstallWatch?
Answered 12/04/2008 by: VBScab
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Problem is: vmware makes a new entry in the preferences.ini and numbers it new, like #2, #3 and so on.
I made a snapshot and copied everything in he preferences.ini, of course also what i found via google concerning this case.
But my eula-entry in the ini-file was ignored by the program and after asking for acceptance a new entry was created like
pref.eula.2.appName = "VMware Workstation"
pref.eula.2.buildNumber = "80004"

when i complete the ini-file with that entry and install again, a new entry turns up like:

pref.eula.3.appName = "VMware Player"
pref.eula.3.buildNumber = "80004"
...
pref.eula.4.appName = "VMware Workstation"
pref.eula.4.buildNumber = "118166"
...
pref.eula.5.appName = "VMware Player"
pref.eula.5.buildNumber = "118166"

See parallels? ;)
Answered 12/04/2008 by: Corinna
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Yes I was able to do it with 6.5 but it took a little coding (specifically a wise script which edits the preferences.ini file in the above mentioned folder as the final step of the install). Of course, this wouldn't be supported by VMware, they probably want every user to click on it, and if we have any problems with it I'll pull this CA.
Answered 12/16/2008 by: aogilmor
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