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  • 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

    Hi, i'm looking for help for my first experience in virtualization.

    I installed VMware Server 2.0. on windows XP Pro Service Pack 3 but when i click on "VMware server Home Page" icon, i recive this message on explorer :

    https://mycomputer:8333/ui/

    503 Service Unavailable


    I tried also to access at "Configure Tomcat" VMware Server Web Access Properties and saw that Service Status appears as stopped.

    When i try to click on Start button the Service Manager seams to start but immedaitely stops again.

    Can you have any suggestion for my problem?

    Sorry for my stupid question.

    Have a good day and thanks to all

  • #2
    Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

    You need to install iis on windows xp for it to work.
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    • #3
      Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

      Actually I do not think that is correct.

      Starting from Server 2.0 it uses it's own engine - Tomcat - and does not rely on IIS any more.

      Could it be you have IIS running on the machine also listening on the same port (a previous version of vmware server)?

      If not look in your application log on the XP machine for more info as to why the tomcat will not start properly.
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      • #4
        Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

        You're probibaly right, but vmware server 2.0 worked for me after i installed iis on winxp.
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        • #5
          Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

          Hi, thank you very much for your reply!

          I tried also to installa IIS, but the problem still remains.

          Can you guide me to discover the problem?

          Thanks

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          • #6
            Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

            Look in the eventlogs of your XP system for error messages when starting tomcat..

            Post the results here..
            Maish
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            A proud husband and father of 3 girls
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            • #7
              Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

              IIS and Tomcat will not conflict.
              Server (Tomcat) listents on ports 8333 and 8222.
              IIS listens on port 80.

              I've got Server 2.0 running on my main IIS box at home.

              Jas
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              • #8
                Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

                I had the same problem with VMWare server 2.0 running on Winows XP Pro SP3, looking into the tomcat logs in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Server\tomcat-logs"
                I found out this error:
                Error occurred during initialization of VM
                java.lang.Error: java.io.UnsupportedEncodingException: Cp1255

                Setting the Regional and Language options control panet to English United States solved the issue

                There is no need for IIS to be installed or running

                Hope this helps

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                • #9
                  Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

                  Good advice to check the tomcat logs in Docs & Settings. That's where teh verbose information is going to be at.
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                  • #10
                    Re: 503 Service Unavailable - VMware server

                    I just installed with defaults last night (vmware server 2). Everything was working fine - created multiple vm's. Came home today after work and received the 503 Service Unavailable from the main site - https://workstation1:8333/ui.

                    Went to:
                    Start - Admin Tools - Services or Start - Control Panel - Admin Tools - Services
                    Scroll down to the VMWare services. Double check the VMware Server Web Access service to make sure it is started.

                    Mine was set to manual startup type and was off. I'm not sure if I did this by mistake during setup or not. Started the service and set to automatic. The user interface login screen came right up.

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