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How To Open VMware Server Remote Console with Firefox 3.0.1

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

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

Sample output:


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:


Replace it with:


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)

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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