VMWare Workstation 8.0 now supports Shared Mode connectivity, but this is not yet supported by VMWare Tasks, from what I can tell. Could not successfully connect to a shared mode VMWare Workstation 8 VM using ConnectToVMWareViServer (wrong hostType) nor
ConnectToVMWareWorkstation (since it does not support authentication and uses a different hostType). VMWare Workstation 8.x in shared mode uses VIX_SERVICEPROVIDER_VMWARE_WORKSTATION_SHARED for the hostType. Documented here:
Please add a new function for connecting to VMWare Workstation in Shared Mode. ConnectToVMWareWorkstationShared? This feature will need to support the same authentication details as ConnectToVMWareVIServer, but use the hostType VIX_SERVICEPROVIDER_VMWARE_WORKSTATION_SHARED.
This feature was added in ViX 1.11: