Have you tried disabling ip acceleration features of your hosts (Gig?) nic?
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A few questions to help track the problem down:
1) Can the Windows virtual machine ping the host and otherwise communicate with it over the network?
2) Where did you get the copy of vmrun.exe that you use in the virtual machine?
3) Is the virtual machine running on the same host that vmrun is trying to talk to?
Sorry I should have been more detailed with my initial question.
The virtual machine is trying to talk to its own virtual host. I can ping the virtual host from the troubled virtual machine. However I cannot seem to get windows filesharing working or when I telnet directly to port 902 I do not see the same results as a machine that works as desired. Hmm, this seems like a firewall or network connectivity issue but I am not sure why this is happening only on a virtual machine.
Also, I got my copy of vmrun from the install directory of the virtual host VMWare Server 1.0.3 (x86).
Netsh int ip set chimney DISABLED
On the virtual host (windows sever 2003 R2) did the trick.