I had better luck with Virtual Box. At least with VMWARE you paid for that and can ask for help from them. Often they have you install a patch or such, but I found it too costly so I went with Virtual Box.
I am facing a starange issue in my vmware workstation where I have installed window server 2003 sp2. I want to use dongle on it to use internet but USB sometime get detecte and most of the time it doesn't get detected.
Please help me on it.