When you're running Linux, pressing CTRL+ALT+F1 will bring you to console #1. If you want to go to the console of a vmware guest, this won't work, because the host will go to the console instead of the guest. Making it pretty hard to get to a console.
The correct combination for linux-in-vmware-on-linux is CTRL+ALT+SPACE, release space while holding down CTRL+ALT, then add the F1 key.© GeekLabInfo Using Ctrl+Alt+F1 in a VMWare Virtual Machine is a post from GeekLab.info. You are free to copy materials from GeekLab.info, but you are required to link back to http://www.geeklab.info