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VMWare: List all running Virtual Machines [ VMs ] / VPS From a Shell Prompt

You can easily list all running Virtual machines from a Linux shell prompt without accessing GUI. This is useful to scripts or to get status for any VM.

vmrun is a command line application for controlling various VM operations. Type the following command:
vmrun -T server -h 'https://vmserver.example.com:8333/sdk' -u VMUSERName -p 'yourVMPassword' list
=> -T server : This is VMWARE server version 2.x

=> -h 'https://vmserver.example.com:8333/sdk' : VMWare server hostname. This can be local or remote server.

=> -u VMUSERName : VMWare server username (usually it is root)

=> -p 'yourVMPassword' : VMWare server password

=> list : List all running vms

List all running VMs

vmrun -T server -h 'https://server.nixcraft.in:8333/sdk' -u root -p 'myPassword' list
Sample output:

Total running VMs: 2
[DISK315k] Debian5/Debian5.vmx
[DISK315k] CentOS52_64/CentOS52_64.vmx

Listing a virtual machine with Workstation on a Windows host (open dos prompt and type the command):
vmrun -T ws list
vmrun -T ws -gu guestUser -gp guestPassword list

Connect VMWARE Server using Webbased Management Interface at 8333 port

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 http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-mui-1.0.3-44356.tar.gz

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
# ./vmware-install.pl

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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