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Supported Guest Operating Systems

The operating systems listed here have been tested in VMware Workstation 5 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 32-bit

  • Experimental support for Windows, code-named Longhorn, beta
  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Small Business Server 2003; Service Pack 1 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • Windows XP Professional and Home Edition Service Pack 1 or 2 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • Windows 2000 Professional and Server Service Pack 1, 2, 3 or 4 (listed versions also supported with no service pack), Windows 2000 Advanced Server Service Pack 3 or 4
  • Windows NTŪ Workstation and Server 4.0 Service Pack 6a required, Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6 required
  • 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

  • MS-DOS 6.x
  • Linux

  • Mandrake Linux 8.2, 9.0, 9.2, 10
  • Red Hat Linux 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4.0 (32-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 2.1, 3.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 2.1
  • SUSE Linux 7.3, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7, 7 patch 2, 8, 9, 9 SP1
  • Turbolinux 7.0, Enterprise Server 8, Workstation 8
  • Novell Linux Desktop 9
  • Sun Java Desktop System (JDS) 2
  • Novell Netware

  • Netware Server 5.1 SP8, 6.0 SP4, 6.5 SP3
  • FreeBSD

  • FreeBSD 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6.2, 4.8, 5.0
  • 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.

    Sun Solaris

  • Experimental support for Solaris x86 Platform Edition 9, 10 beta
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