In the world of ESX/ESXI, it is easy to forget how to access VMWare server. The obvious choice is to start the vSphere client, attempt access and the get a message about an unknown connection error has occurred.

I run into this problem from time to time as I have a couple VMWare servers running in labs.

To log in to VMWare Server 2.0, you will have to access https://<sesrver name>:8333/ui/ or https://localhost:8333/ui/ from a browser.

Depending on how it was configured, you will use either a local account or a network account.

In many situations; the root account is rightfully not used. If this is the case, you will get message “You do not have permissions to login to the server.”