So you can edit the vmx file to delay boot
bios.bootDelay = "15000"http://askubuntu.com/questions/30858/how-to-reset-lost-user-password-on-a-guest-on-vmware-server
Booting into recovery mode: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RecoveryMode
Personally I ended up using the init=/bin/bash and removing quiet and spash from the kernel line.
Sometimes it may be useful to get out of a graphical environment. In a VMware environment ctrl+alt is an escape sequence. So you need to press
ctrl+alt+spacein order to be able to press
F1to get to terminal environment
Sometimes you'll have instances where you need to reset passwords that can be done using: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LostPassword
Additionally its useful to know which user has sudo privileges to see who is going to login by default. Use visudo for this and look for which users are added to the group included in the sudoers file. Normally the admin group have sudo priviledges and then you can just check /etc/group to find the users tied to this.
GDM ProblemsMost GDM problems show up via error messages on login when trying to bring up a login window common messages are:
Could not update ICEauthority file /var/lib/gdm/.ICEauthority Could not update ICEauthority file /home/sandvine/.ICEauthority
Generally these are permission issues and can easily be solved by the following:
chown -R sandvine:sandvine /home/sandvine chown -R gdm:gdm /var/lib/gdm service gdm stop dpkg-reconfigure gdm service gdm start