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If your keyboard works correctly with a local X server, and you just want the same behavior with a remote X server (which is also an XFree86 server running on a PC), just power off the virtual machine and close the VMware Workstation window, then add the line
xkeymap.usekeycodeMapIfXFree86 = true
to the virtual machine configuration file or to ~/.vmware/config. Make this change on the host machine, where you run the virtual machine, not on the machine with the remote X server.
If you are using an XFree86-based server that VMware Workstation does not recognize as an XFree86 server, use this instead:
xkeymap.usekeycodeMap = true
If you are using an XFree86 server running locally, and the keyboard does not work correctly, please report the problem to the VMware technical support department.