Aha, I just found the "Run with debugging information" under Options, Advanced. Now I get an error out of it:
Unable to change virtual machine power state: The process exited with an error:
vmxvmdb: Index name being generated from config file
POST(no connection): Version mismatch with vmmon module: expecting 138.0, got 137.0.
You have an incorrect version of the `vmmon' kernel module.
Try reinstalling VMware Server.
POST(no connection): Failed to initialize monitor device.
Failed to initialize VM.
End of error message.
The vmmon kernel module shows up in lsmod. I had to install the vmware-any-any-update115 to get it to compile. Any ideas on how to fix this?
Okay, I was able to fix the problem. The short version is I had to run vmware-config.pl twice to get it to build the correct version of the vmmon kernel module.
The vmware-any-any-update115 uses a script getversion.pl to determine for what version of VMware the vmmon module should be built. It calls:
vmware -v < /dev/null 2>&1
to determine the version. Unfortunately, if you have not run vmware-config.pl before (which is impossible since the vmmon won't compile...), the command errors out saying that vmware-config.pl has not been run. In the process, it does not actually give the version.
So, the first time vmware-config.pl is run, it builds the module for the wrong version. The second time, the above command works, since everything is configured now, and builds the module with the correct version.