Not entirly LAMP related but handy non the less. If you need to stop a VMware guest you can do it from the commend line:
vmware-cmd /path/to/vmxfile.vmx stop <hard|soft>
vmware-cmd /path/to/vmxfile.vmx start
Hard pulls the plug from the guest, soft tries to shut the machine down using the guests power off command.
On windows vmware-cmd is in %program files%\vmware\vmware server. Using the command line option can also be useful if the GUI interface has locked up.