Well I figured out what my problem was. I had recently re-compiled my kernel, and a modprobe of the ztdummy kernel module (from asterisk) had hung. This must have also affected the output of /proc/kallsyms and thus the grep.
I have been able to finish the install, and vmware server starts up ok, but I have a problem. the webAccess service doesn't return an \[ OK \] when it's started (or stopped), nor a \[ FAILED \]. it seems to be listening on tcp6 ports 8005 8009 and 8xxx something else. I already have an apache 2 server running on this box, using ports 80 and 443, so during the configure process, I accepted the default alternative ports of 8222 for straight http access and 8333 for secure, but it seems that the webAccess server (apache/tomcat?) isn't listening on those ports.
I found the viclient install exe in lib directory and copied it across to my PC (win XP pro) but it says the server can't read input from the client.
I have removed everything from my server, and will wait to hear any suggestions on what to try to make this work for me.