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https://machine_name:8333/ui/ error (VMWare 2.0 on host Vista Business 32-bit)

Hi there,

I just installed VMWare 2.0 on Vista Business 32-bit.  During the process,
Norton Anti Virus picked up vmware-hostd and I selected "allow program
for all ports".   Windows Firewall shows vmware authd and hostd checked.

After installation and reboot, I double-clicked VMWare icon on the desktop.
Windows Task Manager shows the first snap shot with some VMWare services
stopped.  Chrome could not load the page with default https://machine_name:8333/ui/ .
When the page was loaded, the browser complained about certificate but I said
continue anyway.

Some attemts to start all VMware related services but it was not all successful.
http://machine_name:8222/ui/  shows 503 service not available.  Snap shot is
attached.

How to get VMWare going?   Any tips are appreciated.

    vmware-server-2.0-error.docx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Server 2.0 is not supported on a Desktop operating system, such as Vista Business 32-bit.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You would be much better off with VMware Player 3.0

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VMware Server 2.0 which is end of life, and support ends in 30 June 2011, may have issues running on Vista.
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coolsport00Commented:
3 things here - 1. VMware Server is about at end of life (end of Jun/beg of Jul); 2. Server isn't fully supported for any and all browsers; 3. VMware Server is only supported on a Server host OS (see pg. 25 of the User's Guide). If at least you don't adhere to #3, you can tend to run into issues such as NIC problems, services not starting correctly and other things.

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmserver2.pdf

Regards,
~coolsport00
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coolsport00Commented:
Vmware Player (free) is alternative as mentioned above or Workstation (about $189US). If you're not necessarily set on VMware, virtualbox is also an (free) alternative for you as well: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So, you could try, disabling Anti-Virus, uninstall and try a re-install.and use Internet Explorer.

But you may experience issues.
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coolsport00Commented:
I concur; as a matter of fact, disable all 'unneeded' services and uninstall/reinstall. When complete, restart your services but keep A/V disabled for the time being, and then use a known supported browser such as IE or lesser version of Firefox (3.5, if I recall).

~coolsport00
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asugriAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot for all postings.

I've checked VMWare Server 2.0 document and was aware that Vista is not supported.  But I got a Vista Business machine available to test out VMWare Server.

I also searched on Internet and found some people mentioning usage of VMWare Server 2.0 on Viata.  That's why I proceeded to install.  And then got problem ........  (I did try IE instead of Chrome.)

With further search, I found a page:
http://www.zerohacks.com/2009/08/vmware-server-install-step-by-step/

It seems I have to get certificate before proceeding.  I'll try tomorrow.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
there is no requirement to get a certificate, you can use and accept the security certificate installed.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you are getting a 503 service the web engine is not running to use any certificate applied.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
again I would recommend installing vmware server on a server os.

you may experience issues using vista, which is not supported.
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coolsport00Commented:
I have assisted many users who have had issues putting Server on both Win XP and Vista. Some have had it work, some haven't. Bottom line is, if you run it on a non-supported OS, you're playing russian roullet in getting it to work. And, may never get it to work. You can save a lot of hairs using Player, or some other supported OS-based hypervisor (Workstation, VirtualBox, etc.).

~coolsport00
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