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VMware Authorization Service may take a long time to start on Windows 2000 Servers (1282693)

Details

After rebooting a Windows 2000 server, the VMware Authorization Service (vmware-authd) might take several minutes to start. You cannot run any virtual machines until this service has started.

Solution

This is a known issue on Windows 2000 servers. vmware-authd needs another system component (WMI) to start in a timely fashion.

Caution: This article contains information about modifying the Windows registry. Before you modify the registry, make a backup copy of it and be sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. Instructions for making backups of the registry and restoring the registry are available in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 136393.
 
To work around this issue:
  1. Copy this text into Notepad:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VMAuthdService]
    "DependOnService"=hex(7):76,00,6d,00,78,00,38,00,36,00,00,00,77,00,6d,00,69,00,00,00,00,00
     
  2. Save the file as FixAuthdNotStartup.reg. This new registry file modifies the Service dependencies so the VMware Authorization service depends on WMI.

    Caution:
    This registry fix is only for Windows 2000 servers. Do not run the registry file on any other operating systems.

  3. Double-click the file to run it.
  4. Reboot the system.

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