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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.