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What is Parallels Desktop version 4 Virtual Machine pvm bundle and what files are in there?

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What is Parallels Desktop version 4 Virtual Machine pvm bundle and what files are in there?

In Parallels Desktop version 4 new Virtual Machine format is using - pvm bundle.
This bundle hides low level implementation and makes it easy for users to operate entire Virtual machine.

In some cases it is necessary to perform certain operations on files inside bundle.
To show bundle content, in Finder window CTRL+Click bundle and select "Show Package Contents",
You will be able to see files inside bundle in new Finder windows.

The list of files inside Virtual Machine bundle:

.pvs - VM configuration file. It defines hardware and resources configuration of a VM. Configuration file is generated when the VM is created.   

.sav - File created when the VM is paused or suspended. It contains the virtual  machine and its applications state for the moment the suspend was invoked.   

.mem - File containing memory dump for the suspended VM. For a running VM, it is a temporary virtual memory file.   

.hdd - The file that represents a virtual hard disk of a Parallels VM.

.iso (.cue,.ccd,.dmg) - Image file of a CD or DVD disk. VMs treat ISO(CUE,CCD,DMG) images as real CD/DVD disks.   

.fdd - Floppy disk image file. VMs treat FDD images as real diskettes

.txt - Output files for serial and parallel ports.

.pvm – The bundle, which includes all “per VM” files.

NOTE: .iso, .fdd, .txt files may locate also outside the bundle



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