Welcome to the Community,
I'm a bit confused with the "running silently"!? Anyway, what I could think of - in case it's a Windows VM is that the Windows requires re-activation to stop the 2-hour restart cycle!?
What i mean is that the virtual machine is listed as powered off, but in reality it is still running.
The virtual runs vnc and other sevices, so therefor i know it is running.
I just checked the windows activation, it was reactivated after changing hardware.
However in vmware server webmanager, there is a "enter serialkey" in the menu, could this mean that the vmware is running without a serial and this is causing the 2 hour period ?
I thought this version of vmware was free, maybe that is not the case ?
It has been running fine for 5 years until the crash, but maybe the vmware lost the key or dropped it because of hardware changes ? I didnt set it up back then so i have no idea how it was set up.
Windows is deffintly activated, and when i click "enter serial" inside server web manager, a serial is allready listed.
It is confirmed that the virtual machine is indeed running, despite it is listed as "powered off" in manager.