Ultimaker Cura on ESXi

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August 5, 2020 by aubreykloppers

Getting to run Ultimaker Cura on a VM on ESXi (6) running Windows Server 2019 is quite easy if you know what you are doing. This also works when you use MSTSC.

Step 1: Change the Virtual Machine guest OS type.

  • Shut the VM down.
  • Right-Click on the VM and click “Edit Settings”
  • Navigate to: Options > General Options > Guest Operating System
  • Choose “Windows 10 64Bit”

Step 2: Modify the VMX file.

  • SSH to the ESXi host.
  • open the VMX file using vi or your preferred editor
  • Add this line to the end: mks.enable3d = “TRUE”

Step 3: Reload the VM.

  • vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms
  • vim-cmd vmsvc/reload

Start your Windows Server VM and you will be able to run Cura.

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