Error opening the remote virtual machine localhost:8333/16: An unexpected error occurred

Posted on 2008-11-03
Last Modified: 2011-08-16
I am running VMWare Server 2 on a Dual core Vista Home Ultimate SP1 machine. The install went fine. I have UAC turned off, and also setup the Vista Administrator account.

I am trying to create a Ubuntu VM via an ISO. have also tried Puppy and Mint. I have set it up on a virtual drive, and I can get VMWare to start the machine up, but when I try and open up the viewing console it gives me the error

"Error opening the remote virtual machine localhost:8333/16: An unexpected error occurred"
Question by:techvagabond
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    Assisted Solution

    Have you enable an exception to that port in the Windows Firewall?

    As a quick test you can just disable the firewall and see if that resolves it.
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    Author Comment

    I have OneCare and Windows Firewall both disabled. And there is no other software on there as it is a brand new machine and has not yet been connected to the internet.
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    Accepted Solution

    It looks like this will resolve the issue for anyone that finds this article in the future.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for posting that techvagabond. Saved me a big headache.

    A brief summary from the link:
    "... goto network connections  
    - then select vmnet1 > properties > internet protocol (tcp/ip) properties >
    - then copyed the static ip address into the preferred DNS server >
    click ok > click ok . the problem is fixed"


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