i'm using vmware fusion home windows xp apache coldfusion 8 and i'm attempting to see the cf debugging through safari on my small snow leopard host. I've switched on debugging and attempted adding my ip, however, this didn't work, any ideas?

are you currently attempting to access the debug outdoors of vmware or within vmware? If outdoors, make certain you're adding the IP of the mac machine, not the vmware machine. Also, you may have to make certain your networking for vmware is bridged so that they have different IP addresses (vmware might not refer to it as bridged, i am not sure).

The simplest method of doing this really is access the cf administrator from outdoors from the vm around the mac machine and hang it this way. Also make certain the coldfusion page you're running does not have debugging supressed.