After a virtual machine has been installed, different files are copied to the host computer. On Linux, by default these files are stored in the folder
vmware that is created in the home folder of the user who creates the files. On Windows, a folder with the name
Virtual Machines is created in the
Documents folder. This folder contains the complete virtual machine configuration.
The main configuration file of the virtual machine is in the
.vmx file. Associated with that is a
.vmxf file in which the version of virtual hardware used is listed. Then there is the
.log file containing log messages related to the virtual machine, and as the last part of the virtual machine files, there are the
.vmdk files that are used as a virtual disk in the virtual machine. Associated files will be present as well; these are used to represent the current state of a virtual machine and they are not as important as the other files.
One file type that might be relevant however...