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Cannot access VMs via remote console

I am logged into the Web Administration console on a VMWare v2 server. Each time I try and access a VM on the server using the remote console I get this error:

Unable to connect to the MKS: Error connecting to C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Server\vmware-vmx.exe process..

The Server is Windows 2003 Enterprise
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deanbrandt
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deanbrandt
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xfreddieCommented:
Hi,

Ensure that your firewall ports are open for 3 ports, the http, https and vmware console port (usually 904)

Hope it helps.
Xfreddie
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deanbrandtAuthor Commented:
I am trying to access the VMs via console from the VMWare server, so there is no firewall between these elements, nor is any Windows firewall running on any device
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65tdCommented:
Is this using web remote console through IE 6 or 7?
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deanbrandtAuthor Commented:
Yes it is, I access the web remote console using IE7
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65tdCommented:
Having the same issue with a Thinkpad IE 6 as well as Firefox 3.0, except IE faults ans closes.
Works on old IBM desktop with IE 6, no ideas yet.
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deanbrandtAuthor Commented:
Yep, I just tried firefox as well....but the plugin does not work for firefox v3.03. I will try google chrome and see what happens
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SteveIT ManagerCommented:
can you ping the devices?

I'd also double check to ensure the VM's configured to accept remote desktop sessions.
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65tdCommented:
If this is the issue we are having, it's the VMWare add on for IE labeled QuickMksCtl Class.
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drei22Commented:
Open ports 8333, 8222 and 902 on your firewall and you will be able to access the UI over the web.
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itsmagicCommented:
Hi  xfreddie.

Sorted!

>>>

Ensure that your firewall ports are open for 3 ports, the http, https and vmware console port (usually 904)

Hope it helps.
Xfreddie
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This solved the exact problem I was having too. I had already opened port 8333 on the linux firewall but added the 904 when the machine console would not actually display and hung even though the web access console could be seen.

vmware server 2, Centos 05 host, various guests.

Many thanks for the tip on the second port needing to be open on the vmware host machine.
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