i have the same problem (running suse10.3 x64). You can change the network names over the infrastucture client, but after a recall of vmware-config.pl the custom names are delete again.
The workaround for the issue is to edit "/etc/vmware/netmap.conf":
1) Stop VMware services by running "/etc/init.d/vmware stop"
2) Edit /etc/vmware/netmap.conf and change bridged names
3) Start VMware services by running "/etc/init.d/vmware start"
Logon using web UI: you will find the network names are set correctly.
I have tried this and it doesn't work. The file has certainly changed but the names don't change even though I made sure to stop and start the server again. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
I've done that before, and it works just fine. make sure you are changing the correct lines though. and if in doubt, restart the server. I restarted vmware and it was fine. and our Virtual center also recognizes the correct names