That's exactly what I experienced and what annoys me.
No wonder though, got nearly the same configuration as you do.
Well, I have 12 GB to heat my room.
Mac Pro 8 core, VMWare Fusion 1.1, 12 GB, OS X 10.5, XP Pro SP2,
Micha and Mac.Pro.User,
Thanks for your feedback and feature requests. We will take them into consideration as we plan future releases of VMware Fusion.
Senior Product Manager - Mac Products
My only beef with Fusion is that I have it set on Space 4 in Leopard and I hate that it doesn't start in Full screen mode. Its just a pain.
This is true Fusion does not restore a new VM or a suspended VM to full screen. I have this setting in my .vmx for the day Fusion may honor it: gui.fullScreenAtPowerOn = "TRUE"
To solve this problem in the meanwhile, I use UIScripting to automate putting a VM in full screen mode. I have Fusion assigned to a Space, and a VM bundle in my Login Items, and I have a "go to full screen" Applescript applet which puts the VM in full screen in the space. Here's the source:
tell application "VMware Fusion"
tell application "System Events"
tell process "VMware Fusion"
tell menu bar 1
tell menu bar item "View"
tell menu "View"
click menu item "Full Screen (Exit Single Window)"