I ended up wasting most of the day installing FC15 on a new VM. I used to feel thrilled and excited installing a new system on either a physical or a virtual hardware, but these days it no longer is an excitement, but just is a painful chore.
Last time I had to do this with FC13, NetworkManager got in the way, and this time they threw systemd in the mix. The casual desktop users who use the default system out of the box wouldn't need that kind of complexity, and they actively hurt somebody like me who simply wants to get a stupid non-X, fixed-address bochs with NFS mounted home directory without having to learn "the new and improved" way.
Needed to "systemctl enable/start sshd.service", same for rpc.statd.
Oh, and let's not forget SELINUX=disabled in /etc/selinux/config file.
Sigh, the price of progress...