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VMware Server 2 for LInux (centos5.5): just completed install; but can not launch authentication via the browser, am I missing something?

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Hello Experts,

just finished installing VMware Server 2 for Linux (centos 5.5).
but can not launch authentication window via the browser (firefox 3.5)
all processes are running (pls see below)

am I missing something?

thanks,

Regards,
root      7063     1  0 22:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/vmware-authdlauncher
root      7073     1  0 22:03 pts/2    00:00:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/vmware-watchdog -s webAccess -u 30 -q 5 /usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/java/jre1.5.0_15/bin/webAccess -client -Xmx64m -XX:MinHeapFreeRatio=30 -XX:MaxHeapFreeRatio=30 -Djava.util.logging.manager=org.apache.juli.ClassLoaderLogManager -Djava.endorsed.dirs=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/common/endorsed -classpath /usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/bin/bootstrap.jar:/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/bin/commons-logging-api.jar -Dcatalina.base=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16 -Dcatalina.home=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16 -Djava.io.tmpdir=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/temp org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap start
root      7092  7073  0 22:03 ?        00:00:03 /usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/java/jre1.5.0_15/bin/webAccess -client -Xmx64m -XX:MinHeapFreeRatio=30 -XX:MaxHeapFreeRatio=30 -Djava.util.logging.manager=org.apache.juli.ClassLoaderLogManager -Djava.endorsed.dirs=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/common/endorsed -classpath /usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/bin/bootstrap.jar:/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/bin/commons-logging-api.jar -Dcatalina.base=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16 -Dcatalina.home=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16 -Djava.io.tmpdir=/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/temp org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap start
root      7194     1  0 22:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-hostd -a -d -u /etc/vmware/hostd/config.xml

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Starting VMware services:
   Virtual machine monitor                                 [  OK  ]
   Virtual machine communication interface                 [  OK  ]
   VM communication interface socket family:               [  OK  ]
   Virtual ethernet                                        [  OK  ]
   Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                       [  OK  ]
   VMware Server Authentication Daemon (background)        [  OK  ]
   Shared Memory Available                                 [  OK  ]
Starting VMware management services:
   VMware Server Host Agent (background)                   [  OK  ]
   VMware Virtual Infrastructure Web Access
Starting VMware autostart virtual machines:
   Virtual machines                                        [  OK  ]

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Try an earlier version of the browser, or at least a lesser 'update' to Firefox. Not all IE/Firefox browsers work. There was a problem with Firefox, although I forget exactly what version. What is the URL you are using to try to connect?

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Ok...according to here: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/259452, version 3.5.8 of Firefox does (should) work.
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Also...are you trying to access it from the Centos host or another machine (Windows PC)?
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thank you experts

port 80 is open
url: https://<myhostname>:8333/ui/#
accessing from Centos host
firefox 3.6.13

thank you experts...

not sure what's going on... weird...

thanks for all of your help...
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Open port 8333
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Ok, I think there are actually 2 causes for this - the version of Firefox (needs to be 3.5.8 according to the VMware Community link I provided), and seemingly, according to here: http://planetvm.net/blog/?p=844, you can't access it directly from the host, but from a remote PC.

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I was able to access it from the host when we ran 2.0 on ubuntu
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thank you experts,

interesting...port 8333 is listening; but still can not connect
also, I am using centos 5.5 not 5.4; so it is strange the problem still persists...

how do I downgrade my firefox browser to 3.5.8?

thanks for all of your help...

Regards,
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Hmm...I am not sure how to downgrade on a Centos host. :(
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You may just need to uninstall/reinstall proper version. Here is a link I came across that may assist you?
http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2010/yum-downgrade-packages-on-fedora-centos-red-hat-rhel/
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Any reason you're using Vmware Server 2.0 and not ESXi 4.x ?  
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thank you experts...

ESXi is only for windows...

thanks,
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Actually ESXi is its own operating system
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Concur with "KCarney81" - if you have a host that you can install ESXi on, you'll probably be better off because VMware Server is actually reached the end of it's life cycle. You have a bit more flexibility with ESXi. And, you can install virtually any OS as a VM within it. And yes, it's its own "OS". It installs directly on the hardware.

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thank you experts,

when I tried to downloaded it only gave me the option to download to a windows machine... I wanted to use it; but I have linux in the network...

can not downgrade firefox...
also, google-chrome is only for ubuntu

hmmm...
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ok... I am gonna have to try to install ESXI then..
this is not working out..

thank you experts...

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You need to apply for a serial for ESXi 4.1u1 and you will have the option for downloading an ISO.  Use said iso to install ESXi on machine.  Check the forums for hardware compatibility.

If all else fails, use ubuntu 9.10 for host OS and install Vmware Server 2.0 again
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thank you experts...
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