Connect VMWARE Server using Webbased Management Interface at 8333 port

by on May 1, 2007 · 13 comments· LAST UPDATED March 20, 2008

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The VMware Server Web-based management interface is installed on your VMware Server system to enable control from a Web browser.

You can download this package from VMWare site itself and install the same. Activities you can perform includes:
=> Connecting to a Virtual Machine with the VMware Server Console

=> Using the Virtual Machine Menu

=> Changing the Power State of a Virtual Machine

=> Monitoring the Virtual Machine's Heartbeat

=> Viewing Information about Virtual Machines

=> Downloading VMware Server Console Installers (Login and Status Monitor pages only)

=> Configuring the VMware Server System (Options page only)

=> Using Common Controls

=> Start and shutdown virtual servers etc

Download web interface for vmware server

# wget

Unpack tar ball

Use tar command to install a tar ball:
# tar -zxvf VMware-mui-1.0.3-44356.tar.gz

Install Management Interface

# cd vmware-mui-distrib
# ./

Just follow on screen installation instructions. Installer should start the server and default port is 8333. You need to open the same using iptables, add something as follows to your firewall script:
iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 8333 -j ACCEPT

Save and load the firewall.

Now open a webbrowser and type url:

Connect VMWARE Server using Webbased Management Interface at 8333 port
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sherman September 5, 2007 at 11:48 pm

Very helpful especially to a newbie like me!!!!


2 francis November 1, 2007 at 11:57 am

Does it require Apache or Tomcat to be installed?


3 nixCraft November 1, 2007 at 2:04 pm


Noop, vmware installs its own httpd server, so you don’t need anything at all.


4 francis November 1, 2007 at 2:49 pm

This worked perfect Vivek. I just have one question. This servers are installed and running vmware server with its standard management console. I noticed this installs and writes to other places other than bin. Is this tar package a different one than the console but it includes the web access?


5 francis November 1, 2007 at 3:31 pm

I installed successfully on there servers. The fourth one failed and now i can install because it says:”a previous installation of vmware software has been detected” Aborted. This server in on production.


6 nixCraft November 1, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Yes config files are stored at /etc/vmware and binary files at /usr directory. Log files are located at /var/log/vmware*.

You always need to install latest version. Uninstall old version and install the latest product. As usual make backup of data before playing with anything ;)


7 francis November 1, 2007 at 3:56 pm

So this is a different server version then. I thought it was just the Web port.


8 gaurav June 27, 2008 at 6:50 am

What is the default user/pass for this application?


9 gaurav June 27, 2008 at 7:57 am

Username will be root and password should be the system root password :)


10 Conrad August 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

501 Global command GLOBAL server to non-host agent targets not supported


11 James February 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

well done,
thank you so much for this!


12 James February 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

i followed your steps good but somehow i can’t open the web interface i still beleive is firewall or SElinux blocks
can you advise please?


13 Alberto Jr. May 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm


It works with Vmware ESXi 5.0?
I got several error when a tried to install.



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