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The vmware-server-2 web interface can be rather annoying to use. fortunately, the VMware Infrastructure Client can be used to talk to vmware-server instead. The installer for this is actually provided with the vmware-server installation, but does not seem to be linked anywhere from the web interface. To get a copy for yourself, visit https://vmware.sihnon.net:8333/client\VMware-viclient.exe, where vmware.sihnon.net is the hostname of your machine.

Troubleshooting VMware Server

Host Agent Service won't start

If the vmware host agent service wont start on Vista and issues the error:

The VMware Host Agent service terminated with service-specific error 4294967295 (0xFFFFFFFF).

Then it is highly likely that the file c:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Server\hostd\datastores.xml file has become corrupt. Check and remove it, then copy the datastores.xml.original file in its place and the service should start up.

"host clock rate change request" Messages in Syslog

On Ubuntu, edit the syslog configuration, /etc/syslog.conf>

# Replace this… *.*;auth,authpriv.none -/var/log/syslog # … with this *.*;auth,authpriv.none;kern.!=debug -/var/log/syslog

Alternatively, add ;kern.!=debug to the end of the first half of the line. This will remove kernel debug messages from syslog.

"You do not have permissions to login to the server"

Only members of the vmware admin group may log into vmware. This user is set by the vmware-config script at install time, and defaults to vmware on gentoo. Ensure that your user appears in this group with: <code bash> getent group vmware </code>

Troubleshooting VMware Server Console

Incorrect keyboard map

If certain keys such as the arrow keys and page up/down don't work, then vmware console has picked up the wrong keyboard map. To fix it, run the following command, and restart the console: <code bash> echo "xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true" >> ~/.vmware/config </code>

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vmware.txt · Last modified: 2014/11/24 02:11 by ben