Apr 17, 2008
Tip and Trick Editorial

What’s the Login User Name and Password for VMWare Server 2.0?

VMWare Server 2.0 (currently in Beta 2 release) has departed significantly from legacy VMWare Server 1.0. It’s still a free virtualization software to users to create, manage and run virtual machines, but instead of usual standalone desktop (or notebook laptop) based application, VMWare Server 2.0 now runs solely on web-based management user interface, plus many other new features, enhancements and improvements.

To log in to VMWare Server 2.0, users will have to access https://localhost:8333/ui/ or http://localhost:8222/ui/ for non-secure connection (the URL may takes the form of your computer name) with a web browser to come to VMware Infrastructure (VI) Web Access management interface, which is VMWare Server Console, normally simply call Web-UI. Don’t worry about your system doesn’t have a web server such as Apache or Microsoft IIS running, VMWare Server 2.0 install Tomcat web server in the background.

But users will come to a VI Credentials page asking for Login Name and Password, as shown in the screenshot below.

VMWare Server 2.0 Login Screen

What login user name and password to use? This probably your first installation of VMWare Server 2.0, and even if you have installed VMWare Server 1.0 before, it never ask for creation of any user account or its user ID or password during installation of whatever versions. And searching up and down in Start Menu’s VMWare Server program folder doesn’t reveal any program to create or manage user’s login name for VMWare console too.

Actually, VMWare Infrastructure Web Access, and hence VMWare Server 2.0, uses user account of the operating system, i.e Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Linux distro. So to login to VMWare Server 2.0 Web Console, logon with an administrative account’s user name of Windows or Linux (Administrator or root) and the corresponding password. Note the password is a must. In Windows, most built-in Administrator account does not have password by default even after been enabled, and so a password must be assigned.

It’s possible to create and add another user account with administrator’s privileges specially for VMWare Server login purpose.

  • Eriel Penna

    Thank you very match!!!

  • sufgame

    thanks admin

  • Stephan

    Thanks man. Wasn't sure, what i have to type in. Now it works fine!

  • Suzi Tucker

    Much thanks for that thoughtful piece I will return. Excellent research. Au revoir

  • EmFinn

    Thanks for the info.

    Just to add, on Ubuntu root does not have a password by default, so to use this you need to give it one with the command

    sudo passwd root

    How VMWare thought requiring an admin level/root level account be used across a network was a good choice is beyond all reason though.

  • asimov

    I took me a full minute to find the essential information in this article: "login with your os account".

    Thanks anyway.

  • ram

    This is what happens when you hire Indians to write articles for your Web site at a low price. You can't even understand what this article pertains to.

  • Marcio Cunha

    Thanks, information simple, clear and objective

  • Darnell Marriott

    Hey Thanks a lot for the info!

  • Phil Meakins

    So let me get this right, if you want to give access to the management system of VMware 2.0 you have to make a Linux user part of the admin group. Not a good idea!!!!! Must be a easier way with far less secruity risk.

  • john

    fuck you

  • Hias

    Thanks for that post. Very helpfull to VMware Neebies πŸ˜‰

  • John

    While I appreciate the information, it really could have been provided just a tad bit more succinctly. The pertinent information takes up approximately two sentences, while the rest would fit more snugly in a post entitled "VMware Server 2.0 Features and Changes". Oh well…beggars can't be choosers. =)

  • dave

    thanks for the post πŸ™‚

  • g


    i see…
    so for my case is a little bit confusing at first,
    but thanks for ur info…

    my story was funny tough,,

    my windows has no password
    but it's administrator user…

    once I done installing VMWare Server
    and facing that user id and password to log in

    i really, really asking myself…
    "Where is the user id and password explaination?"

    Bcoz at the installation time
    there's no user id and password input… hehehe2

    thanks for the info yoo…
    now i figure it out.
    I juz need to put my windows account
    to use password,,,

    then once I restart my VMWare re loggin
    using that windows user id and password

    what a surprised!
    It works!

    thanks again,


  • sj

    Thanks. I was really lost after I installed the vmserver and tried to access the webUI

  • rahul

    Thanks a lot for the post man.. was really confused when I saw the homepage.. but with this post it made me clear…:-)

  • Felipe


  • Shahul

    Thanks for this great post…it really helped..thanks again and keep up this great work..

  • emmalyn

    resolved issue through your post. thanks for the help!

  • emmalyn

    resolved my issue through your post. thanks for the help!

  • DM

    I was immediately able to resolve the password issue because of your post – thank you!

  • Alex

    It's was very useful! Saved me tons of time πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, it was useful for me.

  • Ilya Vassilevsky

    Thanks for the clarification of user/pass problem πŸ™‚

  • Great, it works. Thank you very much. I also looked into the documentation and found nothing. I'ver never thought about this possibility.

  • Mike

    Man, last thing I would have tried… my Windows credentials. Thanks!

  • bak

    Thanks a lot. I was pretty confused

  • Mike


  • Patricia

    Great post, thanks!!

  • Thanks this helped a ton!

  • Etivaldo Júni

    I appreciate the tip, it worked.

    Thank you very much.

  • Zakaria Desai

    Thanks for the tip. It worked πŸ™‚

  • pppp

    just add user to vmware group and working fine…

  • Suri

    Thanku post 32

  • Praba


    tks a lot

  • Stephen

    Mathew – I couldn't agree more. I've been a real fan of all things VMWare until now. I'm going to download VirtualBox, and remove VMware Server.

  • Matthew

    VMware server is the worst program ever. I'd consider myself a fairly competent VM user having tried most of the main apps like VMware Player, Qemu, VirtualBox, etc. I've spent the last hour trying to get this garbage installed just to land on a subvertly installed TomCat server which I absolutely did not want.

    Anyone else who's completely let down by this VM app, just download the VMware Player and use EasyVMX.com and save yourself a lot of trouble. SOOOO MUCH EASIER.

    P.S. or better yet, just use VirtualBox, since it's faster, provides a user-friendly interface and it's FREE (ie open source/free)

  • WillBeen

    I m using a Ubuntu distrib and I dont have a root password, so I found another solution to log with my user "will".

    Edit the file


    and edit the line :


    so it becomes :


    then restart vmware :

    sudo service vmware restart

    OK, you can log into user "will" !

  • Randy

    Thank you so much!! I was wandering really hard were did vmware asked me for a username and password!

  • jrj

    This web interface is such a stupid idea from VMware … aargh. Anyway, thanks to the author of this blog.

  • Thanks for the post. I had to waste a lot of time figuring out the password, as this was the first time I am using VM server.

  • defaut user=root

    password you reset password root

    #sudo passwd root

  • dede

    Your system admin login and password

  • Chris

    I don't have the root password to my linux box as we have LDAP set up. Any clue to how to bypass this login/password issue with VMware 2.0?

  • What is the admin account for the vmware? I can it not find.

  • I have to say, I can not agree with you in 100%, but it's just my opinion, which indeed could be wrong.

    p.s. You have a very good template for your blog. Where have you got it from?

  • I really enjoy blogs like this, since I am a blog addict I will visit again soon.

  • It really is amazing that some things never change

  • Luke

    Sancho, thankyou, creating a new ADmin user worked.

  • Thanks for the great information. I will definitely be coming back.

  • I am having a windows machine and all this did not work for me. I created a new windows user with administrator privileges. And bingo it worked. Not sure why. But I guess might help someone

  • Ahhhhhh merci pour le login et le mot de passe pour se connecter à l'interface…c'est vachement bien documenté en plus sur le support de VMWare……

  • kjaskajsijaksj

    Pedasos de putos como cargo credito en mi cel.

    respondeme bien o te cojo… πŸ™‚

    Aaaaaaaah… m olvidaba, PUTOOOOOS

  • irose123

    Quick tip for Vista/Win 7 beta users:

    None of the above worked for me, not using built in Administrator account, not prefixing domain or workgroup onto user id, not starting all unstarted VM services, not using unsecured port 8222 instead of secured 8333, nothing.

    But when I added my renamed admin user to the __vmusers__ group (shouldn't have been necessary I know!) and tried //MyMachineName:8306/ui instead, logged as as my renamed admin user with normal windows logon password, bingo! Just something to try if all else has failed.

    Hey VMWare, sort your documentation out, this is almost unforgivable!

  • Josef

    I am using OpenSuse 10.2 and could not login even after modifying authorization.xml. I had to change the contents of /etc/pam.d;/vmware-authd to

    auth include common-auth

    account include common-account

    Now I am able to login both as root and with my account.

  • Greg Munger

    Just to be clear, this worked with Ubuntu host (which cannot directly login to root).

    Replace root with your username on line 10 of: /etc/vmware/hostd/authorization.xml (ACEDataUser).”

    sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt restart

    This let me in.. thanks

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  • Ace619

    To echo everyone else, thanks for documenting what for some reason VMware decided not to. An obvious solution not put anywhere obvious within the user's guide or FAQs.

    For Vista users, if you want to use the built in administrator account, you must enable it and give it a password. Probably mentioned in the related article.

  • Thanks, a lot, I was going nuts, trying to figure out, how to create a user name and password, it never cross my mind on using my windows credentials.

    Keep up the good work.:)

  • blaze

    thanks a lot!

    it amazes me how they haven't mentioned it anywhere in UI or docs or readme or anywhere else.

  • fahad

    Thanks, I can login by using admintrator user name and it's password.

  • chandra


    thanks! your suggestion worked for me. But wanted to work this with my admin login.

    However i can continue my stuff now. Big thanks.

  • Jc

    Gracias por el aporte muyyyy bueno.. Lo andaba buscando.. sabes en donde puedo conseguir tutorias de ese programa? me parece muy interesante

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  • joczol


    Tengo un grande problema al iniciar el VMWare en el navegador de internet, no me da los campos para loguearme y entrara a la administracion del software, es decir, la pàgina queda totalemente en blanco y de ninguna manera aparecera el loguin. Esto me paso al poco tiempo de haber instalado el server y aun no he podido encontrar la solucion.

  • Dwayneair

    I tried to change the authorization.xml from to my root login and it keeps replacing the root even though I am editing it from sudo gedit. Can someone show me what the .xml should look like, maybe I do not quit understand which "root"s to replace. I am kinda new to this as well.


  • Thanks so much. I edited the authorization.xml file changing the "root" to my username and then did the restart mentioned by Alexander. Got right it.

  • Thanks Gerry, you pointed me in the right direction.

    To restart you need to run

    sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt restart

    which controls the webaccess service

  • Two words: Virtual Box

    Free, built by Sun, just works.

  • frustrated

    Its not a lot to ask to be warned of this before installation, even for a free product. newsflash vmware, not everyone HAS the ability to make user accounts on corporate machines. personally, i think this is a moronic "feature"

  • Gerry

    Okay, edited /etc/vmware/hostd/authorization.xml replacing the user root with a username with root access. Tried restarting vmware server, but no joy. Rebooted Ubuntu, then firefox (their default) and any user can now login to vmware using the new username/passwd in their auth file.

  • Gerry

    Sounds good, but no joy here. Ubuntu 8.04.1, vmware server2. Created a new user, with root access, and in root group. Still, do not have permission to login to vmware web access. Used defaults on vmware server install.

  • Thanks for that it works well, pity VMware did not mention this when i first installed it.

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