.SCOREBOARD File Extension
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 plain text information referenced by the software, allowing you to monitor VM performance 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. Most VMware users will 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 here 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 saved by VMware software behind the scenes and are not meant to be manually opened. However, you can open a SCOREBOARD file with a text editor if you would like to review its contents.