The old (a.k.a. Server 1.0) console is not supported in Server 2.0. It won't work, and you can't connect it to a Server 2.0 instance.
The problem you're experiencing is likely because vmware-hostd (the "VMware Host Agent") failed to start up on the machine. It would be helpful if you could post the content of /var/log/vmware/hostd.log.
Also, you should note that Fedora 8 is an unsupported host.
thanks, I've uninstalled the beta version, and installed 1.0, once I added the any any update from the internet, all worked well.
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It's because of hangup in PAM somewhere.
When I check the process list there is a unix_chkpwd which is defunct. It has been started by vmware-hostd.
If you change /etc/pam.d/vmware-authd to use pam_permit.so (instead of pam_unix.so) you can get into the console. Without a passwd, check pam_permit manual page!
So do 'Aaah' and 'Oooh' and change it back.
When I test the vmware-authd pam setting in a simple program they appear to work. My guess is that some setting is causing vmware-hostd to become unable to detect the death of unix_chkpwd, thus won't read it's exit status and hangs around a bit.
One should not run virtual machines as root. Just login as a normal user and then create your virtual machines.
If you did allready create virtual machines as root then go to the directory containing the virtual machines (aka: /var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines/). Check with `ls -la` who owns the virtual machines. If they are owned by root you need to become root temporarely. (You did not login as root untill now, did you?)
Then change ownership of the directory and included files to your normal user account. In my case I would have to do this in the directory of the virtual machines with `chown -R hvdkooij:hvdkooij *`.
Now I can do everything as my normal user 'hvdkooij' and I have reduced the risk of my machine taken over by a fault in vmware.
If one runs a system one should learn not to work with admin priviliges untill you actually need them. This holds true for each and every operating system.