VMware Virtual Machine Stats File
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What is an SCOREBOARD file?
A SCOREBOARD file contains performance information, or "stats," about a virtual machine (VM) created by VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion virtualization software. It stores binary data referenced by the Scoreboard widget available in the software, allowing users to monitor VM performance metrics across different environments for optimization and troubleshooting purposes.
VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation are virtualization applications that allow you to run multiple operating system VMs in different environments. VMware virtualization software is available for individual and enterprise users. Individual users will likely not encounter SCOREBOARD files because they are primarily used for monitoring VMs across an enterprise.
Location of SCOREBOARD files
VMware software saves SCOREBOARD files in the file storing the VM. For example, Fusion saves SCOREBOARD files in the .VMWAREVM file, which you can find in the following location (Fusion saves it in the following location in macOS by default):
Macintosh HD/Users/[username]/Virtual Machines
Disabling the creation of SCOREBOARD files
SCOREBOARD files are not essential for the VMware software to run. Therefore, you can disable them to reduce the creation of unnecessary files. To disable their creation, add the following to the .VMX file in the VMWAREVM file:
vmx.scoreboard.enabled = "FALSE"
NOTE: VMware introduced SCOREBOARD files with the release of Workstation 16.2 in 2021.
How to open an SCOREBOARD file
SCOREBOARD files are not meant to be opened. Instead, the VMware software collects the performance information, saves it in the SCOREBOARD file, and references the information to display it in the Scoreboard widget.