VMware Server Web Access Default Username and Password

Yesterday I wrote a post on how to setup a testing network using VMware server. We started by installing VMware server, and as I told you VMware uses the credentials from your windows machine to login to the console. But if you are using other account rather than the built in administrator account you will likely have problems logging in to the VMware console. you will get this error:

VMware infrastructure web access

So you will need to use the built in administrator account on windows XP, or if you are using windows vista, you will need to enable the administrator account there as well. this account needs to be setup with a password also.

To enable the administrator account on windows vista do the following:

First you’ll need to open a command prompt in administrator mode by right-clicking and choosing “Run as administrator”

Now type the following command:

net user administrator /active:yes

Now if you go to control panel you should see the administrator account as well:

Administrator accounts on vista

Click on the administrator icon and choose to create a password:

create password on windows vista

Click on the create button, and try to login to VMware infrastructure web access again, now with this credentials. It should work.

On windows XP the administrator account is enable by default, you only will need to setup a password to it.

Let me know if you have issues with the login process, and we can help you troubleshooting. tomorrow we will install windows server 2003 using the VMware server so you need to be ready. stay tuned.

Comments [26]

  1. Similar problem, but I have Ubuntu 7.10 only installed, and can not get past the login for VMWare Server beta 2.0 Infrastructure Web Access. Am asked for Login Name and Password, but nothing seems to work. Any ideas?


  2. Thank you.


  3. i am having a similar problem, but when i try to log in is says: Your Session has expired, please log in.

    any ideas?

  4. Had the same problem. On XP the only account that can log on to VM IWA is the administrator account and not another with administrator priviliges. On Vista I could log on with an account created with administrator priviliges. As a footnote, the VMware Host Agent startup type (from services.msc) was set to "deactivated". Jesus, that gave me some problems. It is now to set to Automatic. Why on earth was it set as default to deactivated? Answers on a postcard please……..

  5. Thx for the solution using admin account… but theres one more problem for me… Following is the error message:

    The server was unable to process your log in request. Please check with your server administrator.

    I recon it is some problem wth Tomcat server… I am using Vista ….Any ideas would be highly appreciated..


  6. Vista 32 & Vista 64 required finding the actual name of the logon account. Gave two security warnings for bad certificate, but otherwise worked nicely.

    When it asked for a FQDN, since I don't have one for this system, I created a bogus DNS entry on my dns server with and used that DNS entry for the FQDN and it worked very well.

    Otherwise, just knowing that I didn't use my first name for my windows account, I used my Full Name, so I had to use that for my VMWare logon as well resolved the "can't log in" issue quite nicely.

  7. Thanks a bunch, it worked on vista home prem. sp1.

  8. I followed the steps as suggested was able to login… but after I log in I get this error …

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

    and details part includes "ConnectException : Operation failed"

    Any help is appreciated…

  9. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  10. I have Vista Home Premium SP1 and had a similar problem.

    I tried to give the system administrator's username and password and it started to work.

  11. Aseem, thanks.

    I used the Admin login to get access initially and then adding to your blog about this;

    Once the user logs in, if they select the Permissions tab, and then New Permissions, All users registered on the local machine will be listed. Select the Username you wish to log in as and grant them the required permission.

    Next time you will be able to login without needing the Admin details again.

  12. Thanks so much, I followed the steps and it works fine on windows 7 ultimate x64.

  13. thanks a lot, very clear instructions!

  14. When I click on the VMWare Server Home page I get directed to a page that says Unable to connect Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at arthurborbor-pc:8333. I am wanting to know if anyone knows how to fix the problem so I can get a connection to the web server page and also before this issue I was having problems with the login and password to access the infrastructure web page. Thanks

  15. I was also getting the same error as ArthurB. I'm using Windows 7 64-bit as a host OS. I went into the Services applet to deactivate Windows Firewall and Windows Defender – then rebooted.

    I verified with a telnet application (because telnet is no longer bundled with Win7) that my https port (in my case 8333) was open and listening.

    Once that was verified, I was able to access the VMWare Server intranet page. I still get security warnings in the browser, but I can run my VMs now.

    Hope this helps.

  16. the post was of great help..its working now. thanks

  17. Thanks, you fixed for me my problem after long troubleshooting.

  18. Having the same trouble as DEADKOTA – when loggin in to webapp I get the error "The server was unable to process your log in request." I have adjusted UAC to off on Windows 7 hoast OS and enabled the Administrator account and assigned it a password. Still the same error.


  19. This worked for me wonderfully! Thank you!

  20. I still have the issue.

    Windows 7 64bit, enabled the Administrator account and assigned it a password. "disabled" the UAC.

    Does still not work yet.

  21. Worked for me. Luckily, it was the 2nd link I read on Google, so, plenty of time saved.

    Many thanks!

  22. Thanks for the post, this is exactly what I was looking for. After running the net user command, I changed the admin password and voila. I can now use VMware Server under a Windows 7 account with no password.

  23. yes it's works also if u have administrator right to u r computer user id.

  24. Thanks you so much!I am using windows 7 and it worked for me.I wish i had looked this up sooner rather than trying to figure it out on my own.

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