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Supported Guest Operating Systems

Supported Guest Operating Systems

The operating systems listed here have been tested in VMware Workstation 3.2 virtual machines and are officially supported. For notes on installing the most common guest operating systems, see Installing Guest Operating Systems.

Other operating systems designed for industry-standard PCs may work, as well.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows .NET Web Server beta 3, Windows .NET Standard Server beta 3 and Windows .NET Enterprise Server beta 3 (experimental)
  • Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition; Service Pack 1
  • Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server; Service Pack 2; Service Pack 3
  • Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0; Service Pack 3 or higher
  • Windows Me
  • 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

  • Mandrake Linux 8.0, 8.1and 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
  • Caldera OpenLinux 2.x
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 are not supported under VMware Workstation 3.2. This issue affects Linux guest operating systems if PAE is enabled in the kernel. It affects Windows guest operating systems if booted with the /PAE option.

Note: At this time, we are providing experimental support for NetWare 6, which is a PAE-enabled kernel.

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