How To Open VMware Server Remote Console with Firefox 3.0.1

by on July 24, 2008 · 10 comments· LAST UPDATED October 29, 2008

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Update: Vmware sever 2.0 final has been released. Version 2.0 has updated version for Firefox 3.0.x series.

VMWare remote console plugin allows to control VMWare server 2.0RC1. However, when you upgrade Firefox to 3.0.1 it will not work or get disabled by Firefox 3.0.1 due to plug-in compatibility issue. To fix this issue shutdown your Firefox, locate a directory called VMwareVMRC@vmware.com. This hack tested on:
=> Linux running Firefox 3.0.1

=> VMware Remote Console Plug-in version 2.5.0.100265

Open a shell prompt and type the following commands:
$ cd ~/.mozilla/
$ find . -type d -iname "VMwareVMRC@vmware.com"

Sample output:

./firefox/szvrcz3m.default/extensions/VMwareVMRC@vmware.com

Change the directory, enter:
$ cd ./firefox/szvrcz3m.default/extensions/VMwareVMRC@vmware.com
Open install.rdf
$ cp install.rdf ~/install.rdf.bak
$ vi install.rdf

Find line that read as follows:

<em:maxVersion>3.0.0.*</em:maxVersion>

Replace it with:

<em:maxVersion>3.0.1.*</em:maxVersion>

Save and close the file. Open Firefox and plug-in should work without a problem.
(Fig.01: Running VMWare Server Remote Console Plugin under Updated Firefox v3.0.1)

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1 Miker July 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm

You can also run the plugin as a standalone app. I posted this on a vmware board.

Run ~/.mozilla/firefox/we7cdezi.default/extensions/VMwareVMRC@vmware.com/plugins/vmware-vmrc and then point it to the tomcat instance. Mine is localhost. Login and you get a list running virtual machines. Click one and login. Create a shortcut to the plugin and you can just double-click it like a normal app. Change we7cdezi.default in ~/.mozilla/firefox/we7cdezi.default/extensions/VMwareVMRC@vmware.com/plugins/vmware-vmrc to what ever your profile is.

I found that the display in the console would not update properly on occasion. I’m not certain if this something that is unique to my configuration or not. For my Windows vm I’ve started using rdesktop instead once its running. I can’t dynamically resize the resolution by resizing the window like I can with the console :-( , but I just run rdesktop with a custom resolution and clipboard integration. “rdesktop -g 1270×993 -N -a 16 -x b -P -5 -r clipboard:PRIMARYCLIPBOARD -r sound:remote”. Create a shortcut and just double click. Obviously the console is still needed at times.

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2 nixCraft July 25, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Miker,

Nice find. I appreciate your post.

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3 tc7 July 28, 2008 at 4:23 am

Works fine for me too.

However if you didn’t have Firefox v3.0.0 installed and vmware plugin first, then Firefox v3.0.1 won’t even let you install the plugin (and the install.rdf doesn’t exist).

To get around this install Mr Tech’s toolkit plugin for Mozilla at:
http://www.mrtech.com/extensions/
(for some reason I found I had to do a save as, then drag and drop the toolkit.xpi into my addon page)

The above plugin allows the vmware plugin in be installed, then use the tweak described above. I modified install.rdf:
3.0.*
which also works (and hopefully will still work for 3.0.2 etc)

Finally I can test centos appliance (which starts without any connectivity).

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4 chrisdew October 1, 2008 at 9:45 am

Firefox 3.0.3 seems to break the vmware plugin entirely. I use the ‘nightly tester tools’ to force the plugin install (which worked with 3.0.2), but now clicking on the ‘open console in new window’ causes no effect.

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5 Jon October 16, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Thank you – this worked a treat. I was stuck for a solution. I had shortcuts that worked fine for some of my VM’s, but others that I could not access through Firefox.

Cheers

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6 Eric Robibaro October 31, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I have the same problem with FF 3.0.3 any updates?

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7 nixCraft October 31, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Eric,

Get Vmware server 2.0. It has updated client for FF 3.0.3

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8 Dave January 7, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Miker,
How do you “point it at” the vmware server in order to get a list of available VM’s ?
I always get ” Missing server name or connection configuration file name.” every time I double click the shortcut!!
Thanks,
Dave

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9 Dustin Burke January 30, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I had the same problem in FF 3.0.5 and running vmware server 2.0 on a remote machine. The issue was that I had a previous version of vmware server 1.x installed on my local machine so the Firefox plugin was outdated. I uninstalled the plugin in Firefox from Tools>Addons and then connected to the remote vmware server again. Now when I fired up the console it said “missing plugin” and automatically downloaded the correct plugin from the remote computer. Now it works great.

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10 Miker March 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

@Dave – When I vmware-vmrc, it first presents me with a dialog box asking for server, username and password. For server name, I use localhost:8333.

Sounds like arguments are being passed when you run the shortcut? Have you tried running it from a cmd prompt to see if it behaves the same?

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