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#1 2004-10-06 17:49:17

Aletheuo
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vmware raw disk access as user - permission denied

I'm running vmware 4.5.2 on my AL box and I'm trying to create a new virtual session and use a 2nd attached hd that has a non-formatted ntfs partition on it.  So during creation of the new virtual session I choose raw disk access, /dev/hdb, and then the option to choose which partition on /dev/hdb I want to use, the next screen is a permission denied box.
I ran vmware as root and it does allow me to choose which partition to use so
I have a permissions problem, so my question is where do I give this user access to this drive?
I've tried editing /etc/group, and adding ",username" to the root group, disk group, sys group, logout/login, reboot, and I still get the permission denied as this logged in user.
I'm using devfs btw.
Any idea's?

Thanks,
Craig


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#2 2004-10-06 19:06:44

Aletheuo
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Re: vmware raw disk access as user - permission denied

Since it seems to be a permissions problem I edited devfsd.conf and put in:
REGISTER ^ide/.* PERMISSIONS root.disk 0660
restarted devfsd and also have rebooted, no luck yet.
Also I've manually chown'd all /dev/hd* /dev/ide to root:disk

Now in vmware at the permission denied screen it is giving a different error "Failed to load partitions for device /dev/hdb:  The specified device is not a valid physical disk device.".

Keep in mind that this does work fine when running vmware as user root.


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#3 2015-02-25 14:58:34

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Re: vmware raw disk access as user - permission denied

Though this is very late I found a page which describes how to make non-root user access to raw partitions possible. I am using vmplayer 6.0.1. I am linking the page here for others who may have similar problem.

http://www.novell.com/support/kb/doc.php?id=7001976

I am not sure of the policy about linking external pages, as this is my first post. So forgive me if this is not allowed.

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