OK – so now I’ve got the VMWare default username for logging in.
It’s “root”. EEK!
Couple of minor things there – firstly, I’m not too keen on just running these things as the root user. Secondly, not everyone knows the root password. And thirdly, not everyone changes the root password from the default that is generated when you install Ubuntu.
Now, in Windows, any Windows user can log into the VMWare console. In order to get that to work under Ubuntu (and I guess every flavour of Linux), you need to edit the configuration file which can be found in /etc/vmware/hostd/authorization.xml.
So, modify the file and then restart VMWare using
sudo service vmware restart
and you should now be able to log in as your different user.