9) Once the installation has completed you will get a personalization screen to put your Name, Company, and the License Key which you were given when registering your copy of VMware Server 2, click next when completed.

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10) Click “Finish”.

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11) Reboot your Home Server, even if you are not prompted to.

12) Once your Home Server has completed its system reboot and you have logged back in Double click the VMware Server Icon on your Desktop; this will bring up your default browser (VMware Server supports both IE 6 or higher and Firefox 3 or higher).

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13) When it finally opens up you will most likely get a Certificate Error warning page (As shown below). Just click on the link below that says “Continue to this website (Not recommended)”.

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NOTE2 – If you get an “Unable to find Web Page” do not panic (As shown below), if not proceed to step 14.

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There is a VMware service called “VMware Host Agent” that has a tendency to stick initially.  From the “Start Menu” Just go to Administrator Tools, Services…

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and verify that the “VMware Host agent” service has started. If it has not just start the service now…

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… close the services page once started, and repeat steps 12 and 13 . This time it should work.

14) At the logon page your login and password will be either your Windows Home Server 2011 Administrator account or another account already created for your home server infrastructure and whatever password you have chosen that account.

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15) Once logged in you will now have access to the VMware Infrastructure Web Access Panel.

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This concludes the installation.

What Now?

So you can become more familiar  I would recommend downloading both the VMware Server User Guide and the Guest Operating System Installation Guide to get more acquainted with all the inner working of VMware Server. Then you can start creating your own Virtual Machine by following this step by step tutorial that outlines how it is done provided by Nigel Wilks over at MediasmartServer.Net , Thanks again for the use of your article Nigel.

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John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft’s Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.