I am running a Windows 2003 Server inside VM Ware on my work PC.
As I needed to reboot the host machine, I went to close down the Windows 2003 Server VM, but hit "Restart" by mistake. As the VM was starting up again, as Windows hadn't loaded yet (we had the black screen with a windows logo, and a progress bar), I killed the VM by closing down its containing window.
Now I've rebooted the host machine, and when I try to play windows 2003 Server VM, the VM player is reporting that "The VMware Authorization Service is not running.".
this after several reboots of the host machine also....