I’ve been using VMWare Server 2 on a Vista 64 host to simulate a network environment for testing our operating procedures. Everything was working fine before I got on holiday. Now I am back for 2 weeks, and suddenly, VMWare thorws a wobbler.
Using the server console, I can start and stop local virtual machines, but whenever I try to connect to the console, I got the following error: ‘Error opening the remote virtual machine machinename:8333\16:
An unexplained error occured.‘
Brilliant. An error message that is as useless as a bookshelf made from mashed potatoes, that turns up without any changes to the system. And of course, googling did turn up many people with the same problem, but noone with a solution. Eventually, I found someone who suggested a solution for generic connection problems:
- On the host computer you need to access the network properties for vmnet1.
- find Internet protocol tcp/ip (v4) click properties
- in the window use following DNS server address enter the static ip address displayed or enter the ip address 127.0.0.1
- hit ok
- hit ok again
- done ! restart the machine to verify working
I have no idea why this is suddenly necessary, because the machine name is the local name and I can ping it without a problem. And VMWare consoles used to work just fine before my holiday, so I am really a bit annoyed with this. Still, the above fix worked like a charm so I am not going to complain too much.