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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, and the most recent list of supported guest operating systems, see the VMware Guest Operating System Installation Guide, available from the VMware web site at http://pubs.vmware.com/guestnotes.

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

Support for 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems

Workstation 5.5 introduces full support for virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems, running on host machines with the following processors:

  • AMD™ Athlon™ 64, revision D or later
  • AMD Opteron™, revision E or later
  • AMD Turion™ 64, revision E or later
  • AMD Sempron™, 64-bit-capable revision D or later (experimental support)
  • IntelŪ EM64T VT-capable processors (experimental support)
  • Workstation supports virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems only on host machines that have one of the supported 64-bit processors. When you power on a virtual machine with a 64-bit guest operating system, Workstation performs an internal check: if the host CPU is not a supported 64-bit processor, you cannot power on the virtual machine. VMware also provides a standalone utility that you can use without Workstation to perform the same check and determine whether your CPU is supported for Workstation virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems. You can download the 64-bit processor check utility from the VMware web site at www.vmware.com/download. Workstation supports virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems only in versions 5.5 and later. If your version of Workstation is 5.0 or earlier, you must upgrade to version 5.5 or later for 64-bit guest operating system support. A virtual machine created in Workstation version 5.5 with a 64-bit operating system cannot be powered on or resumed in Workstation versions 5.0 and earlier. Also, virtual machines with 64-bit operating systems are not supported for VMware products other than Workstation.

    Microsoft Windows 32-Bit

  • Experimental enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Small Business Server 2003ce Pack 1, R2
  • Windows XP Professional and Home Edition Service Pack 1 or 2 (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
  • 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 Windows 64-Bit

  • Experimental enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition SP1, R2
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS

  • MS-DOS 6.x
  • Linux 32-Bit

  • Mandriva Linux 2006
  • Mandrake Linux 8.2, 9.0, 9.2, 10, 10.1
  • Mandriva Corporate Server 4
  • Experimental support for Mandriva Linux 2007
  • Red Hat Linux 7.0, 7.1, 7.1 Upgrade 2.4.3-12, 7.2, 7.2 Upgrade 2.4.9-7,
    7.2 Upgrade 2.4.9-13, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4.0, 4.0 Update 3, 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 3.0, 3.0 Update 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 2.1
  • Experimental support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 5.0
  • SUSE Linux 7.3, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.2 SP1, 9.3, 10, 10.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7, 7 patch 2, 8, 9, 9 SP1, 9 SP2, 9 SP3, 10
  • Turbolinux Server 7, Enterprise Server 8, Workstation 8, Desktop 10
  • Novell Linux Desktop 9, 9 SP2
  • Sun Java Desktop System (JDS) 2
  • Ubuntu Linux 5.04, 5.10, 6.06
  • Experimental support for Ubuntu Linux 6.10
  • Linux 64-Bit

  • Mandriva Linux 2006
  • Mandriva Corporate Server 4
  • Experimental support for Mandriva Linux 2007
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4.0, 4.0 Update 3, 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 3.0, 3.0 Update 2.4.21-15, 6, 7, 8
  • Experimental support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 5.0
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, 9 SP1, 9 SP2, 9 SP3, 10
  • SUSE Linux 9.1, 9.2, 9.2 SP 1, 9.3, 10, 10.1
  • Ubuntu Linux 5.04, 5.10, 6.06
  • Experimental support for Ubuntu Linux 6.10
  • Novell NetWare 32-Bit

  • NetWare 6.5 SP3
  • NetWare 6.0 SP5
  • NetWare 5.1 SP8
  • NetWare 4.2
  • Novell Open Enterprise Server 32-Bit

  • Open Enterprise Server
  • Open Enterprise Server SP1
  • FreeBSD 32-Bit

  • FreeBSD 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6.2, 4.8, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
  • Experimental support for FreeBSD 6.1
  • Experimental support for FreeBSD 6.0
  • 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.

    FreeBSD 64-Bit

  • FreeBSD 5.3, 5.4
  • Experimental support for FreeBSD 6.1
  • Experimental support for FreeBSD 6.0
  • Sun Solaris 32-Bit

  • Experimental support for Solaris x86 9
  • Experimental support for Solaris x86 10 1/06 (Update 1) and Solaris x86 10 6/06 (Update 2)
  • Sun Solaris 64-Bit

  • Experimental support for Solaris x86 10 1/06 (Update 1) and Solaris x86 10 6/06 (Update 2)
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