November 11, 2010

"The connection was reset" when remotely accessing VMware Server 2.0 Console

Problem:

I'm running the following:
  • VMware Server 2.0.2 and VMware Infrastructure Web Access 2.0.0 (on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 x86_64)
  • Firefox 3.6.12 (on Windows XP SP3)
When I connect to the VMware console on http://myhost:8222 from the server, it works fine. But when I connect remotely, I receive the following error:
The connection was reset
The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.
This despite the fact that I opened up the firewall on ports 8222, 8333, and 902.

Solution:

1.  Open Firefox, and in the URL, enter about:config and press ENTER

2. In the Filter, type security.enable_ssl2

3. Set the value to true (just double-click on the entry)

4. On your server, navigate to your VMware console page at https://myhost:8333

5. Click on Tools --> Page Info --> Security --> View Certificate --> Details --> Export

6. Export the certificate in X.509 Certificate format, and transfer it to your desktop

7. In Firefox on your desktop, click on Tools --> Options --> Advanced --> Encryption --> View Certificates --> Import

8. Import the certificate file

9. Make sure that your server firewall is open on ports 8222 and 8333

Applicable Versions:
  • VMware Server 2.0.2 and VMware Infrastructure Web Access 2.0.0 (on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 x86_64)
  • Firefox 3.6.12 (on Windows XP SP3)
References:

http://tuxnetworks.blogspot.com/2010/03/vmware-server-console-connection-was.html

4 comments:

  1. Security testing is must. Everybody wants security at every level of his working. as explained above failures are happened but if we test time to time then it will improve. So it depend on us how much we are serious about this.
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