1. VMWare plugin was not working
Turned out that this was due to the newer versions of Firefox. Simple workaround I read off the web was to just download and extract an older version of Firefox 3.5 to some folder and run a separate instance of firefox just for the VMWare plugin. I settled for this. This link will be useful.
2. Keyboard not working correctly in the VMWare plugin
Once the plugin started working, I got my old problem back. The keyboard was not working correctly inside Windows VMs, where in it would randomly lose focus and gain focus.
I found the solution here.
Simple steps are:1. Export this variable in the environment right after login such that it will be set before starting Firefox: VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=yes
2. Best option is set this variable in the /etc/profile like this:
3. For now just run:
or Reboot the system
4. Run firefox and check.
For more troubleshooting tips, check Marcus Orfila's page VMware server 2.0.2 on Ubuntu 10.04