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VMWare Server 2.02 and Firefox 3.6

Some days ago I have had a little fight with my VMWare Server 2.02 again. After updating my system I have not been able to access my virual machine management page using firefox anymore. I found out that this is a known issue after updating firefox to version 3.6.  After accessing the web frontend I could not see the login form anymore. Checking the hostd.log showd a bunch of messages like

SSL Handshake on client connection failed: SSL Exception: error:140D9115:SSL routines:SSL_GET_PREV_SESSION:session id context uninitialized

This can be fidex by reenabling the ssl2 support in firefox 3.6. Just enter the url about:config in your firefox address line and enable the

security.enable_ssl2

entry by setting switching it to true by just double clicking the entry.

 

The next problem is that you will not be able to use the remote console anymore as it is not compatible with the Firefox 3.6 anymore, but you can execute the plugin directly on your terminal which works great. It also allows you to forgo the web interface to startup and use your local machines. All you need to do is unzipping the browser plugin. On gentoo is can be found at

/opt/vmware/server/lib/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/webapps/ui/plugin/

On Linux you can just unzip the vmware-vmc-linux-x86.xpi or vmware-vmc-linux-x64.xpi (files are just zip archives). Within the file you can find a vmware-vmrc script (plugin-directory). Calling the script should open a user interface where you can enter the address of your vmware-server web-frontend (for example localhost:8333 using the default ssl frontend port) and your login credentials. After entering this information you will get a list of all virtual machines installed in your inventory. Just select the desired virtual machine. If the virtual machine is currently not running, vmware will automatically boot it up.