I use a virtual machine at work. I've tried using VirtualBox, but I like VMWare Player a little more, especially since I have tweaked some settings to make it work better and changed it to be less obtrusive.
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Save the file and close Notepad. If you had VMWare Player open, you will need to close that too before opening another virtual machine. I've heard that this sort of option works for VMWare Workstation too, but you should reboot or restart all of the VMWare services. Once you start up the next virtual machine, you shouldn't see the weird hard drive blinking going on any longer.
pref.hotkey.gui = "true"
pref.hotkey.shift = "true"
pref.hotkey.control = "true"
pref.hotkey.alt = "true"
Setting these properties will change what you hotkey is. By default it is control + alt, which is also how I switch desktops in my Ubuntu guest OS. I switched it to use all four keys - the Widows key (gui), shift, control and alt.
pref.vmplayer.fullscreen.autohide = "TRUE"
pref.fullscreen.toolbarpixels = "0"
The above two properties will change the toolbar when you fullscreen the application into one that will automatically hide. This gets almost all of the VMWare Player UI out of the way so you can focus entirely on the guest OS. I also shrink the size of the hidden toolbar; I specify 0 pixels, but it still has a couple there on top. It's hardly noticeable so I don't mind much.
hints.hideAll = "true"
pref.vmplayer.exit.vmAction = "poweroff"
Lastly, I hide all of the silly hints that VMWare Player likes to keep popping up, plus I like changing the close button's behavior to power off the machine instead of suspend. Both of these are available in the GUI, but I thought I'd include them here since I use them all the time.
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