Yesterday I posted experiences with VMware Server Beta. I repeated the installation process on a normal Intel laptop running Debian and I had no problems, save one. When I tried to connect to the VMware Server using the VMware Server Console (running on Windows 2000), I could never see the VM screen appear. The VM seemed to be running fine, but I had the same problem as described in this forum thread. Luckily, the fix in the thread worked for me too; I set the permissions on the .vmx file to 755 and I was able to see the VM screen in VMware Server Console.
The only unfortunate aspect of the endeavor was the limitations of my hardware. Although everything runs, a 366 MHz PII laptop with 287 MB (?) RAM does not a good VMware Server make.
Also: /usr/lib/vmware-mui/apache/bin/apachectl controls VMware's httpd server.
Another note: I had to rerun vmware-config.pl to change networking options. When I did that, I lost httpd. To restore it, I had to run vmware-config-mui.pl.