I have installed a headless VMware server on my Linux Debian server.

For some reason I cannot connect to the web management console on port 8333. However, if I port forward localhost via ssh to the remote server (and set Firefox up to use the proxy), I can connect to the management console without problems. Using this approach I have succesfully started the virtual machine.

I can also telnet to vmware server on port 8333 when logged in on the remote server.

When I run a vmware status command, I see this message among others:

Host network detection is not running

I am not sure if this has something to do with the problem, though.

I have tried both

/etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt restart


/etc/init.d/vmware restart

but that doesn't make any difference.

As far as I know, there is no firewall on the server, but to be honest I am not completely sure how to check this!

Thanks in advance for any hints that might help me solve the problem :)


This is the result of netstat:

netstat -anp | grep :8333
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      12850/vmware-hostd
  • I have removed your VMware tag as VMware is a company who make a number of virtualization products. Please consider adding a product specific tag which can be found as vmware-product. – Iain Jun 17 '11 at 17:04

Did you try stopping the services, running a ps aux and grepping for `vm to make sure all of the processes died, then starting the daemons again? Also, are you using https to connect to the web console?

  • I just tried now to no avail. And yes, I am using https. – marlar Jun 16 '11 at 23:03

What I didn't know was the host company had a hardware firewall which had to be opened as well. I only checked the local iptables rules. Now it works correctly!

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