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vmware: No space left on device

Uhh. Some days ago, I had some really nasty vmware server experience. I just updated to a new vmware-server 2 version. Just after the update I was not able to start my Windows XP guest system and it took me quite some time to figure out, why it stopped working.

After starting the virtual machine, I just got a very useless message on my web frontend saying just

"Power On Virtual Machine" failed to complete

If these problems persist, please contact your system administrator.
Details:

Could not open paging file for 768 MB:
"No space left on device".
Failed to allocate main memory.
Module MainMem power on failed. 

Checking my systems memory and disk space told me, that everything looks fine. After some research I found out what vmware was actually complaining about:

The virtual machine I tried to start seemes to have crashed the last time I used it before I updated vmware. So there were plenty of lockfiles (.lck) in the virtual machines directory. I remember that some older versions complained that the virtual machine is currently opened but vmware server 2 seems to complain about a lack of free memory. So calling

rm -Rf *.lck

within the virtual machines directory has done the job for me and I have been able to start the virtual machine without any further issues.