Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Solving Tomcat and VMWare issue "Unable to open service 'VMwareserverwebaccess'"

If you get the following error while trying to run Tomcat instance in VMWare on Windows Vista/7/8, the solutions are presented underneath.


  1. Go to: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Server\tomcat\bin (or where you have installed VMWare)
  2. Right Click on tomcat6.exe and click on Properties
  3. Change Compatibility mode to -> Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
  4. Change Privilege Level -> Check the box 'Run this program as an administrator'

Test it now.

If it does not work, add privilege to the current user using the following steps.

  1. Go to the same location and open the properties page of tomcat6.exe
  2. Go to 'Security' tab
  3. Click add button
  4. Find the user you want to give privilege to
  5. Click Ok
  6. Tick all boxes in the Allow column.
  7. Click Apply -> Ok



Incase this did not work, do the same thing to the file 'tomcat6w.exe' located at the same directory as tomcat6.exe (C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Server\tomcat\bin)

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