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Host System Requirements

What do you need to get the most out of VMware Workstation 5? Take the following list of requirements as a starting point. Like physical computers, the virtual machines running under VMware Workstation generally perform better if they have faster processors and more memory.

PC Hardware

  • Standard x86-compatible personal computer
  • 400 MHz or faster CPU minimum (500 MHz recommended)
  • Compatible processors include

  • Intel®: Celeron®, Pentium® II, Pentium III, Pentium 4, Pentium M (including computers with Centrino™ mobile technology), Xeon™ (including "Prestonia")
  • AMD™: Athlon™, Athlon MP, Athlon XP, Duron™, Opteron™
  • Experimental support for AMD Sempron™
  • For additional information, including notes on processors that are not compatible, see the VMware knowledge base at www.vmware.com/support/kb/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=967.

  • Multiprocessor systems supported
  • 64-bit processor support for AMD64 Opteron, Athlon 64 and Intel IA-32e CPU (including "Nocona")
  • Memory

  • 128 MB minimum (256 MB recommended)
  • You must have enough memory to run the host operating system, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for applications on the host and guest. See your guest operating system and application documentation for their memory requirements.


  • 16-bit or 32-bit display adapter recommended
  • Disk Drives

    Guest operating systems can reside on physical disk partitions or in virtual disk files.

    Hard DIsk

  • IDE and SCSI hard drives supported, up to 950GB capacity
  • At least 1GB free disk space recommended for each guest operating system and the application software used with it; if you use a default setup, the actual disk space needs are approximately the same as those for installing and running the guest operating system and applications on a physical computer.
  • For Installation — 80MB (Linux) or 150MB (Windows) free disk space required for basic installation. You can delete the installer afterwards to reclaim 56 - 60MB.
  • Optical CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive

  • IDE and SCSI optical drives supported
  • CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives supported
  • ISO disk image files supported
  • Local Area Networking (Optional)

  • Any Ethernet controller supported by the host operating system
  • Non-Ethernet networks supported using built-in network address translation (NAT) or using a combination of host-only networking plus routing software on the host operating system
  • Host Operating System

    VMware Workstation is available for both Windows and Linux host operating systems.

    Windows Host Operating Systems (32-bit)

  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 1 or 2 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 3 or 4, Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 3 or 4, Windows 2000 Advanced Server Service Pack 3 or 4 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • Windows Host Operating Systems (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 64-bit edition
  • Experimental support for prerelease Windows XP 64-bit edition
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher is required for the Windows online help system.

    Linux Host Operating Systems

    Supported distributions and kernels are listed below. VMware Workstation may not run on systems that do not meet these requirements.

    Note: As newer Linux kernels and distributions are released, VMware modifies and tests its products for stability and reliability on those host platforms. We make every effort to add support for new kernels and distributions in a timely manner, but until a kernel or distribution is added to the list below, its use with our products is not supported. Look for newer prebuilt modules in the download area of our Web site. Go to www.vmware.com/download/.

  • Mandrake Linux 10 — stock 2.6.3-7
  • Mandrake Linux 9.0 — stock 2.4.19
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4.0 — stock 2.6.9-5, 64-bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 3.0 — stock 2.4.21, update 2.4.21-15.EL, 64-bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 — stock 2.4.9-e3
  • Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 — stock 2.4.9-e3
  • Red Hat Linux 9.0 — stock 2.4.20-8, upgrade 2.4.20-20.9
  • Red Hat Linux 8.0 — stock 2.4.18
  • Red Hat Linux 7.3 — stock 2.4.18
  • Red Hat Linux 7.2 — stock 2.4.7-10, upgrade 2.4.9-7, upgrade 2.4.9-13, upgrade 2.4.9-21, upgrade 2.4.9-31
  • SUSE Linux 9.2 — stock 9.2-2.6.8-24.11
  • SUSE Linux 9.1 — stock 2.6.4-52
  • SUSE Linux 9.0 — stock 2.4.21-99
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.0 — 32-bit, 64-bit, SP1(listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 — stock 2.4.19, 64-bit
  • SUSE Linux 8.2 — stock 2.4.20
  • SUSE Linux 8.1 — stock 2.4.19
  • SUSE Linux 8.0 — stock 2.4.18
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 — stock 2.4.7 and patch 2
  • SUSE Linux 7.3 — stock 2.4.10
  • Platforms not listed above are not supported.

    A Web browser is required for the Help system.

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