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.vmss File Extension

Developer: VMware
File type: VMware Suspended State File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .vmss. Files with the file extension .vmss can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .vmss files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .vmss file?

Files with the .vmss extension are called VMware Suspended State Files because they are files that save the suspended state of the virtual machine. The suspended state of the virtual machine refers to the instance when it is temporarily stopped. This file extension has a lot in common with the .vmsd and .vmsn extensions and that is because they are all VMware associated file extensions. The only difference they have is their function with regards to the virtual machine created by VMware. .vmsd files contain the metadata of the snapshots; .vmsn saves the running state of the VM; and the .vmss is for the suspended state of the virtual machine. With this .vmss file extension, it is easy to resume the VM from where it is temporarily stopped. When the VM is suspended, the software automatically saves the suspended state of the VM using the .vmss extension. Suspending virtual machines can help avoid system overload because users can switch from one VM to another.

how to open a .vmss file?

Launch a .vmss file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .vmss file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .vmss files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .vmss file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .vmss file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .vmss file association errors

applications that open a .vmss file

VMware Workstation 8

VMware Workstation 8

VMware Workstation 8 is a personal virtualization program used in building and sharing virtual machines in vSpheres. It was pioneered by VMware, Inc. and was released in 2011 where most of its consumers are engineers. Its main features include Remote Connections that provides continuous establishment of remote connection to hosts that are running in VMware vSphere, Workstation and VMware vCenter. Its Share feature allows users to share VMs so that teammates can get access to it and for faster testing of applications in a more production-like setting. Aside from that Workstation 8 added an Upload to vSphere option that assists users in dragging and dropping a VM from a desktop to vSphere. New User Interface was enhanced with live thumbnails, simplified menu, new virtual machine library with revamped searching capabilities and improved preferences screens. It now supports HD audio with 7.1 surround sound.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .vmss files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .vmss. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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