VMWare Server 2 Beta fails to connect to virtual machine with “Error opening the remote virtual machine [machine] The host name could not be resolved.”

Written by Sam McGeown
Published on 20/5/2008 - Read in about 1 min (125 words)
Published under VMware #VMWare

I’ve just upgraded my VMWare Server install to the latest version of the VMWare Server beta, which I have to say, is looking pretty good! One slight niggle that I had was that when I opened the VMWare Remote Console it would tell me that I could not connect, with the error:

Error opening the remote virtual machine SM-00109:8333\16:  The host name could not be resolved.

Clearly THAT’s a pain in the proverbial. A quick trawl through VMWare’s forums reveals two solutions, one that is clunky and stupid, the other that works. For brevity, the one that works is…

Use the fully qualified domain name of the computer to connect to the VMWare console, so for me, that mean using:


instead of



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