Sorry but I have just found your post.
You need to create a new database to save your new configuration.
First change your setup: System -> Setup -> Storage, select partition sda1
Create a new database.
Deactivate _DB.001 (VMWare DB and Configuration), it will reboot.
Then activate your new database _DB.002, it will reboot again.
Now all config will be saved.
If I’m wrong, please, anybody correct me.
Please tell us if you succedd.