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VMware Workstation and Hyper-V on Windows 8.1

As I’m working a lot with Dynamics AX and the Microsoft Demo VM’s, i was in need of VMware and Hyper-V on my notebook so I could run my VM’s for VPN and run Hyper-V for the Microsoft DEMO machines.

Now you can install both of them in Windows 8.1, but when you try to start VMware you get an error message:

VMware Workstation and Hyper-V are not compatible. Remove the Hyper-V role from the system before running VMware Workstation.

This message is because the Hyper-V role is installed on your workstation and it is not compatible with VMware. To work around this issue you can modify the Hypervisorlaunchtype for Hyper-V. I made 2 CMD files with the following content. Run them as Administrator and you can enable or disable Hyper-V so you can work with either VMware or Hyper-V.

You must reboot your system after running the CMD files

Disable Hyper-V (to work with VMware) save this file as CMD file
@echo off
echo Turning off Hyper-V services
pause
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off
echo Modified the BootFile, please reboot...
pause

Enable Hyper-V (to work with Hyper-V) save this file as CMD file
@echo off
echo Turning ON Hyper-V services
pause
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto
echo Modified the BootFile, please reboot...
pause

You need to run both the files as Administrator

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Dynamics AX Batch Jobs in waiting status after Upgrade and CU updates

Today i was testing the new CU8 for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, and after the full Compile and full CIL compile I got stuck upon the data upgrade list. The DataUpgrade job was in “Waiting” status and couldnt get it to start. After some digging and modifying the partitions to make sure the permissions were correct, it still didnt work.

With some google magic I stumbled upon the link below with a great check list for verifying if the BatchServer is configured correctly. Check it out below!

https://community.dynamics.com/ax/b/axsupport/archive/2013/09/06/troubleshooting-upgrade-and-cu-batch-jobs-stuck-in-a-waiting-status-in-dynamics-ax-2012.aspx

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VMware Workstation 10.x and Windows 8.1 Mouse Issues

Since i’m running Windows 8.1 and VMware Workstation 10.x I have a lot of issues with my Mouse on my 2nd screen. Some of the issues i had:

  • Scrolling in windows is not possible (mouse jumps to a corner)
  • Mouse out of sync in a VM
  • Have to click multiple times for what is a normal 1 click (like selecting an icon)

I applied all the latest patches, even reïnstalleerd VMware Workstation but nothing seems to work.

Workaround

The final solution i found was modifying the compatibility settings for the VMware.exe file. Go to the installation folder of VMware Workstation (normally: %programfiles%/vmware/vmware workstation/) and look for vmware.exe

Then follow these steps:

  1. right click vmware.exe
  2. choose properties
  3. Go to the 2nd tab (compatibility)
  4. Select: Disable display scaling on high DPI settings
  5. Hit Apply and Ok

Restart VMware Workstation and voila, you can use your mouse normally now!