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Supported Guest Operating Systems

Supported Guest Operating Systems

The operating systems listed here have been tested in VMware Workstation 4 virtual machines and are officially supported. For notes on installing the most common guest operating systems, see the VMware Guest Operating System Installation Guide, available from the VMware Web site or from the Help menu.

Operating systems that are not listed are not supported for use in a VMware Workstation virtual machine.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows® Server 2003 Web Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 1 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 1, 2, 3 or 4; Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 1, 2, 3 or 4; Windows 2000 Advanced Server Service Pack 3 or 4 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • Windows NT® Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 6a, Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6a, Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6
  • Windows Me
  • Windows 98 (including all Customer Service Packs) and Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95 (including Service Pack 1 and all OSR releases)
  • Windows for Workgroups 3.11
  • Windows 3.1
Microsoft MS-DOS

Microsoft MS-DOS

  • MS-DOS 6.x
Linux

Linux

  • Mandrake Linux 8.2, 9.0
  • Red Hat Linux 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0
  • Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1
  • SuSE Linux 7.3, SLES 7, SLES 7 patch 2, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, SLES 8
  • Turbolinux Server 7.0, Server 8.0, Workstation 8.0
Novell NetWare

Novell NetWare

  • NetWare 5.1, 6
FreeBSD

FreeBSD

  • FreeBSD 4.0-4.6.2, 4.8

    Note: If you use SCSI virtual disks larger than 2GB with FreeBSD 4.0-4.3, there are known problems, and the guest operating system does not boot. To work around this issue, see the VMware Guest Operating System Installation Guide, available from the VMware Web site or from the Help menu.

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