To fix, modify the VMware configuration file, by adding the following directive:
xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true
Add it to the configuration file relevant to your product. If you have VMware server - it's /etc/vmware-server-console/conf.
For you have Workstation or Player, it's /etc/vmware/config.
It's been reported (see: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/177321) that the local file, in ~/.vmware/config can be used for the purpose (not tested by me either).