After such great luck with the Windows version, I found a few things. First was that resxtop was not included in the Windows bundle. Which lead me to the second:
This version of "VMware VI Remote Command Line Tools" is incompatible with this
operating system. Please install the "x86_64" version of this program instead.
Least, it’s honest when it tells me it doesn’t like me, or more likely doesn’t like Ubuntu 8.04 LTS x64.
I did however have better luck with the appliance, and got resxtop up and running. Look!
Now that is pretty cool. I’ll have to see what else I can do with this.