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I'm feeling really dumb asking this, but VMWare Server has stumped me.

I've installed VWware Server 2.02 on Windows Vista. I want to install XP in a virtual machine.

All instructions start with 'Launch VMWare and create a new disk image'

I'm completely stumped on what I'm supposed to do to launch VMWare. I don't have a VMWare app in my start menu (I do have 'Manage Virtual Networks' and 'VMWare Server Home Page'. The latter logs me into a local web site with a username/pwd prompt (I don't recall setting a username/pwd upon installation).

Within the app folder I have bunch of exe's...all of which launch a command line script or give me a 'this should not be invoked directly' message.

Bad install or (more likely) am I missing the obvious?

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You were just like me and zoomed past all the prompts in setup!

I couldn't work it out at first either but it is quite obvious.

Basically, VMware Server originally came with a client program similar to Workstation, however they have ripped it out and instead now use a web client (which in my view, is rubbish compared to the old client).

navigate to https://localhost:8333 if locally or https://<your_IP>:8333 if remote. (I think Https, if it doesn't work, remove the s)

Next, type your WINDOWS username and password and it will let you in. The web based control panel basically lets you do everything that you could in the client, just a little slower.

Edit -

Technically you do not "launch" VMware Server, it always runs on your machine... You are just launching the management interface.

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Wow. Yea, it doesn't help that nearly every tutorial out there uses screen shots of a windows app. Thanks for the help! I'm in and I think I have a virtual machine built. Now I just need to figure out how to get windows on it... ;o) – DA. Nov 29 '09 at 18:11
Use your Windows disk or get an ISO with Windows - mount this in the virtual optical drive and install it the same way as you would in a normal computer! – William Hilsum Nov 29 '09 at 18:13
Well, I think I'm giving up on Virtual Server. I finally got the disk image made and launched it, but I can not get the IE plugin installed to actually interact with it to get windows installed. Seems to be a problem some have. Switching to Virtual box... – DA. Nov 29 '09 at 18:32

Good news -- you do have options besides the web interface...


That will get you a proper client. No need to do it all via browser. T

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Yes, you can still use the VI client. Better yet, disable the tomcat service and save yourself all that RAM it's eating. – prestomation Nov 29 '09 at 20:04
+1, I had no idea this was included... Wish I did! – William Hilsum Nov 29 '09 at 21:56
Hmmm, I get a zero-length file when I do this, looks like the file is not actually included in the Server distribution. – e100 Sep 14 '10 at 16:19
Oh, it definitely is included. In fact, you can dig around the server to find it. Look under the installed tomcat subdirectory if I recall correctly (I no longer run VMware Server.) – Chris_K Sep 14 '10 at 21:13

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