vmware server 2.0 = web app based is annoying but works
In IE you still have to enable "intranet settings" (dunno about super firewall people and port numbers)
Login is your OS username and password ... I guess it's good for paranoid types...
Create a new VM seems straightforward but navigating afterwards is a nightmare.
Once you create a virtual hard disk as SCSI it will always be SCSI, so use IDE for any WinXP.iso's
(Except that you can't add an .ISO as the default Datastore is that VM's directory).
Default summary screen is of your computer,
Left click on the list of VM's below your computer (aka INVENTORY) to actually work with that VM Virtual Machines tabs is misleading as you can only Create or Add to Inventory (ok you can remove and power on too... )
To use .iso files (instead of burning cd's and the physical drive)
you have to Add a New Datastore (hidden in visual clutter on Summary)
Then no handy browse, you just have to manually know/type in/copy paste the directory - this then adds that directory as a Datastore which you can use for Creating Virtual Machines ISO's and other stuff
Need to install plugin to see VM in console... Sorry, no Chrome , have to use IE!?! vmware-vmrc-win32-x86.exe
In IE you still have to enable "intranet settings" and even after installing the VMWare plugin you have to allow it to Run...
It also gets annoyed if the CDROM / HardDisk are on IDE 0/1 wrong master slave combo
To add New Hardware (e.g. a second NIC or hard drive) you must Click on the VM in Inventory Then on the right dig through the confusing mess to find Commands: "Add Hardware"
To add a NEW VIRTUAL SWITCH use
Right click on the following and Run as Administrator
Start -> Program Files -> VMWare -> VMWare Server -> Virtual Network Editor
After you make changes you will have to reboot the computer (to restart the VMWare services) in order to see the new VMnet's available for Network Adapters.
You may want to download VCenter Converter to translate between Player/Server/Workstation