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Supported and Unsupported Guest Operating Systems

Supported and Unsupported Guest Operating Systems

Check the lists that follow for information on which operating systems now work as guest operating systems in a VMware Workstation virtual machine and the status of operating systems that are not on the supported list.

Supported Guest Operating Systems

Supported Guest Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows .NET Server

Microsoft Windows .NET Server

  • Windows .NET Web Server beta 3, Windows .NET Standard Server beta 3 and Windows .NET Enterprise Server beta 3 (experimental)
Microsoft Windows XP

Microsoft Windows XP

  • Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition; Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows 2000

Microsoft Windows 2000

  • Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server; Service Pack 2; Service Pack 3
Microsoft Windows NT

Microsoft Windows NT

  • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Windows NT Server, Service Pack 3 or higher
Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows Millennium Edition
  • Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95 (all OSR releases)
  • Windows for Workgroups
  • Windows 3.1
Microsoft MS-DOS

Microsoft MS-DOS

  • MS-DOS 6
Linux

Linux

  • Caldera OpenLinux 2.x
  • Mandrake Linux 8.0, 8.1 and 8.2
  • Red Hat Linux 6.2, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3
  • SuSE Linux 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, SLES 7 and 8.0
  • TurboLinux 6.0 and 7.0
Novell NetWare

Novell NetWare

  • NetWare 6.0 (experimental)
FreeBSD

FreeBSD

  • FreeBSD 3.x, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 and 4.6

    Note: If you use SCSI virtual disks larger than 2GB with FreeBSD 3.x or 4.x (up to and including 4.3), there are known problems, and the guest operating system does not boot. To work around this issue, see Setting the Disk Geometry for a FreeBSD SCSI Virtual Disk.

Guests Using PAE Options Not Supported

Guests Using PAE Options Not Supported

Guest operating systems that use the Physical Address Extension (PAE) processor options will not run under VMware Workstation 3.2. This issue affects Linux guests if PAE is enabled in the kernel. It affects Windows guests if booted with the /PAE option.

Unsupported Guest Operating Systems

Unsupported Guest Operating Systems

Note: VMware Workstation provides support only for guest operating systems that run on x86 (Intel and compatible) microprocessors. It is not possible to use an operating system designed for a different type of microprocessor as a guest operating system. For example, Mac OS, designed to run on PowerPC processors, is not supported. Similarly, operating systems designed to run on the Alpha microprocessor are not supported.

Operating Systems that May Work but Are Not Supported

Operating Systems that May Work but Are Not Supported

The following guest operating systems may work with VMware Workstation but are not supported.

  • Caldera OpenLinux 1.3
  • Slackware Linux
  • Novell NetWare 4.x, 5.0 (does not work on a Pentium III processor) and 5.1
  • Solaris 7 Intel Edition, 8
  • NetBSD 1.x
  • OpenBSD 2.x
Operating Systems that May Not Work and for which Support is Not Planned

Operating Systems that May Not Work and for which Support is Not Planned

The following guest operating systems may not work with VMware Workstation. There are currently no plans to support these guests:

  • BeOS
  • IBM OS/2 and OS/2 Warp
  • Minix
  • QNX
  • SCO Unix
  • UnixWare

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