Well after a long night it turns out to be quite easy.
Press Ctr+Alt+Space then keep Ctr+Alt pressed then press F1 and as if by magic we are at the login console.
This is a common problem also when a Vmware machine is moved to another server.
It is beacause the new card has a different MAC address.
Unlike Ubuntu Desktop, the server version is desgned NOT to make an assumption of how the card is configured – just in case it gets it wrong & places vulnerable data outside a firewall on the Internet.
You can enable the card easliy by deleting a file:
sudo rm /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
This file is recreated with the new card MAC address upon reboot.
Then check your settings.
Copied from here so I can find it more easily….
Ubuntu Server with only a Command Line Interface
Go to Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools (or VM > Install VMware Tools).
Note: If you are running the light vesion of Fusion, or a version of Workstation without VMware Tools, or VMware Player, you are prompted to download the Tools before they can be installed. Click Download Now to begin the download.
In the Ubuntu guest, run these commands:
sudo mkdir /mnt/cdrom
When prompted for a password, enter your Ubuntu admin user password.
Note: For security reasons, the typed password is not displayed. You do not need to enter your password again for the next five minutes.
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
The file name of the VMware Tools bundle varies depending on your version of the VMware product. Run this command to find the exact name:
tar xzvf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-
sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d
Note: The -d switch assumes that you want to accept the defaults. If you do not use -d, press Return to accept each default or supply your own answers.
Run this command to reboot the virtual machine after the installation completes:
Well a bit of a pain in the … but here goes.
1. Log into your ESXi server and enable SSH from the “Troubleshooting Options”
2. SSH into your ESXi box with root and your password
3. Change directory to /etc/vmware/hostd/
4. Edit with “vi proxy.xml” and find the
5. Save the file ESC > : > w > q > ! and this should solve the problem of the file being read-only
6. The docs say service mgmt-vmware restart but i could not get that to run so I just rebooted the ESXi