VM Server 2 and Vista Ultimate 64

I have just been trying to get VM Server 2 installed on my new Vista Ultimate 64 installation, and found I just couldn’t logon using either my own Vista username and password or the administrator one, lots of googling revealed all sorts of people having the same problem.

The error message you get when trying to logon is:

The VMware Infrastructure Web Service at “http://localhost:8222/sdk” is not responding (Connection Refused)

This happened regardless of how I was trying to access it i.e. https or http and by hostname or IP.

Turns out that in my Vista Ultimate 64 installation the host file entry for localhost has been reduced to  the IPV6 lookup only:

::1             localhost

Adding back the usual:     localhost

Fixed the problem! It is always the little things!!!

Author: Ben King

My name is Ben King, I am a director of an Internet solutions company called bit10 ltd. My ultimate responsibility is to bring in the work that bit10 delivers. However I also do a myriad of other things, for example system design, and administration. Outside work I go out, I drink, I socialise, I cook, I have fun, oh and I play a little bit too much World of Warcraft!

7 thoughts on “VM Server 2 and Vista Ultimate 64”

  1. Thanks, this helped! I tried to fix this problem the second day now! Thanks much. Greetings from Cologne, Germany

  2. How did you set the host file entry back right, i think an windows update screwed it up as it hasnt worked since, and i only updated last night.

  3. Hey, just when i was about to chuck VISTA out i found this post …… THANK YOU 🙂


  4. there was the same error message for me, but the problem was caused by the “VMware Host Agent” couldn’t start at startup. I started that manually, and presto! 😀

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