vfuse: How to solve “Error: VMware Fusion.app is not running”

I have been recently building some new VMs for Catalina for testing, and I was having the below error:

Error: VMware Fusion.app is not running

This was frustrating the hell out of me, as Fusion was 100% running, so I uninstalled vfuse, reinstalled it from homebrew so I knew I had the right version (2.2.6). I’m running Fusion Pro 11.5.6, I could not work out WTF was going on.

I then went to the vfuse source code (as you do) to see how the script determines the Fusion application path.

The lines we need start at 342 https://github.com/chilcote/vfuse/blob/master/pkgroot/usr/local/vfuse/bin/vfuse#L342 and end at 362.

I extracted the, note that “subprocess” is used so we need to import that.

I ran it with python3, and we see whats going on!

[[FACEPALM]]. I have the VMware Fusion Tech Preview installed!! I don’t run the tech preview day to day, and I had forgotten I even had it installed.

SO… close Fusion and launch Fusion Tech Preview (can’t use both together) and re-run the command (S/N redacted).

$ sudo vfuse -i osx_custom_200908-10.15.6-19G2021.apfs.dmg -n "Catalina 10.15.6" -s <<XXXXXXXXXX>> --hw-model "MacBookPro8,2" --snapshot --snapshot-name "Pre-Boot"


One good exercise here is vfuse 2.2.6, with AutoDMG v1.10b587 and VMware Fusion version “e.x.p” as of 8th September 2020, all work great!

Many thanks to all the contributors of vfuse https://github.com/chilcote/vfuse for making our lives easier!

P.S – if you’re looking to create VMs for Fusion, you can look at the following links:

Quick tip with AutoDMG on Catalina, once you’ve grabbed the installer from the App Store/Software Updates on macOS, copy it over to some external media before you drag it into AutoDMG, and save yourself some time! https://github.com/MagerValp/AutoDMG/wiki/FAQ

Set all Horizon Client’s to Auto-Connect, or not without user involvement

** DISCLAIMER **This is not intended for use on a production platform, VMware does not recommend amending or touching the View ADAM database manually. You will not receive support if anything fails after amending this. This blog is a learning exercise only.

At VMware, I’m responsible for looking after the whole Workspace ONE and Horizon suite (our Digital Workspace/End User Computing solutions). Most of my work is supporting the Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and Access solutions, but more recently I’ve been assisting with some Horizon questions.

With that, I was presented an interesting question. How can we set all existing Horizon clients to not automatically connect to a desktop pool? In cases where only 1 pool is assigned, or reset any users who have set this option manually.

Never fear, there is a way! With our good friend PowerShell we can go in and make changes to the View ADAM Database which is within ADSI.

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VMware vExpert 2019!

Today I was accepted into the VMware vExpert 2019 list! I’ve been included in this due to, in part, this blog and the blog.eucse.com site, along with talks I’ve run at conferences and events this year.

The full list and more details are here. I expect to be ramping up my blogging efforts in the back half of 2019 following up to VMworld Europe. https://blogs.vmware.com/vexpert/2019/07/26/vexpert-2019-second-half-award-announcement/

Enable Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub for SaaS and Native Apps

If you’ve upgraded to Workspace ONE UEM 18.10 and you have anybody enrolled with the AirWatch Agent, you wont fail to see the new Intelligent Hub app and Hub Services configuration.

Intelligent Hub is an overhaul of the AirWatch Agent to deliver a full Unified App Catalog features, allowing the Hub to be the one stop shop for users to access any app on any device. The app also allows Administrators to deliver notifications to end users.

If you are an end to end Workspace ONE user, integrating UEM (Unified Endpoint Management, powered by AirWatch) with VMware Identity Manager, you’ll probably want to deliver your SaaS Apps as well as Native applications.

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Easy access to Office 365 Apps from Workspace ONE

Providing access to applications as easy as possible is one of the primary goals of Workspace ONE. While Workspace ONE can enable Single Sign On to Office 365, I see most setups just deploying the main portal to Office 365.  One massive improvement we can make is to provide users with links directly to O365 services, such as OneDrive, Outlook and Excel Online by enabling one click links into these services.

Below is a step by step guide to get each service within Office 365 presented to end users via the Workspace ONE Catalog.

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