I don't know which was more difficult fixing the problem or getting the developers to think outside the box.
It was not an Apache2 /CURL problem. The system, though VM was successful creating accounts, would not close out their account creation queue which created a host of other problems when running the CRONS. The API would timeout and crash on their end. It turned out to be their upgraded VM module crashing, in particular including SVM in the API stream.
Solution put in an older module with no SVM call and it works fine.
AWBS goes back to a 4 out of 6 rating for functionality and a wealth of power. Only drawbacks are the website customization and for me trying to get rid of the domains sales built into the system.
Thanks Joe for hanging tough ;-)