The VMware vShield driver is a system driver named vsepflt. It is easy to check the status of this driver by running msinfo32.exe and navigating to “Software EnvironmentSystem Drivers” This can however be a bit cumbersome on an environment with more than one virtual machine. That’s why I recommend using PowerShell instead. The System Drivers category displayed by msinfo32 is nothing else than the WMI-class Win32_SystemDriver, so I wrote a short function that can be used to inventory the status of the VMware vShield driver.
I decided to compare VmWare Workstation 9 to Hyper-V in Windows 8. However if Hyper-V is installed in Windows 8, VmWare Workstation won’t install stating: “Error: This Product may not be installed on a computer that has Microsoft HyperV installed.” I have not found a solution for this, but there is a workaround to dual-boot Windows 8 with or without Hyper-V started by setting “hypervisorlaunchtype” to off in an alternative choice in the boot menu.