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The usual way to access to a virtual machine console from a VmWare server 2 is to use Firefox :

- you type the URL of your VmWare server, e.g. : https://myserver:8333
- then you click on the console tab, for the vm you want to access to
- the first time, firefox tells you to install a dedicated plug-in
- then, when you click on the right panel, a new window appears for the vm console.

But on a fresh installed x64 Suse 11.3, with Firefox 3.6.6, the plug-in does not open the window and you get an error : "Cannot access virtual machine console. The request timed out." There is a workaround that I find much more convenient than to use firefox :

- you need to access to your vmware server installation :
/usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/webapps/ui/plugin
- you fetch the vmware-vmrc-linux-x64.xpi file and you copy it somewhere on your Suse PC (e.g. /home/myhome)
- you change the extension : mv vmware-vmrc-linux-x64.xpi vmware-vmrc-linux-x64.tar.gz
- you unzip it : unzip vmware-vmrc-linux-x64.tar.gz (it will create 2 files and 2 directories : components and plugins)
- you will run the VmWare plug-in directly : plugins/vmware-vmrc
- for the hostname, you have to enter : myserver:8333
- and it works !

ref : VMware Communities: HOWTO: Standalone Linux remote console ...

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