I installed Debian Jessie on VMware Workstation 11.0.0 build-2305329. Shortly after install (a few days) aptitude stops working, but network is up and all other services continue to work. I can SSH to the server, I can view web pages hosted on the server and I can ping any address that is ping-able, even the Debian repository it is trying to connect too.
I also have installed Ubuntu Server 14.04.2 LTS just today. I was able to use aptitude initially to install and update Ubuntu, I was even able to install solr-tomcat from apt-get. Now same problem, IP4 stack is working but apt-get hangs like seen in the code snippet.
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