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Virtual Machine Specifications

Each virtual machine created with VMware Workstation 5 provides a platform that includes the following devices that your guest operating system can see.


  • Same processor as that on host computer
  • One virtual processor on a host with one or more logical processors
  • Two virtual processors (two-way virtual symmetric multiprocessing, or Virtual SMP) on a host with at least two logical processors.
  • Note: The following are all considered to have two logical processors:

  • A single-processor host with hyperthreading enabled
  • A single-processor host with a dual-core CPU
  • A multiprocessor host with two CPUs, neither of which are dual-core or have hyperthreading enabled
  • See Using Two-Way Virtual Symmetric Multiprocessing (Experimental).

    Chip Set

  • Intel 440BX-based motherboard
  • NS338 SIO
  • 82093AA IOAPIC
  • BIOS

  • PhoenixBIOS™ 4.0 Release 6 with VESA BIOS
  • Memory

  • Up to 3.6GB, depending on host memory
  • Maximum of 4GB total available for all virtual machines
  • Graphics

  • VGA and SVGA support
  • IDE Drives

  • Up to four devices — disks, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM (DVD drives can be used to read data DVD-ROM discs; DVD video is not supported)
  • Hard disks can be virtual disks or physical disks
  • IDE virtual disks up to 950GB
  • CD-ROM can be a physical device or an ISO image file
  • SCSI Devices

  • Up to seven devices
  • SCSI virtual disks up to 950GB
  • Hard disks can be virtual disks or physical disks
  • Generic SCSI support allows devices to be used without need for drivers in the host operating system. Works with scanners, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, tape drives and other SCSI devices
  • LSI Logic® LSI53C10xx Ultra320 SCSI I/O controller
  • Mylex® (BusLogic) BT-958 compatible host bus adapter (requires add-on driver from VMware for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003)
  • Floppy Drives

  • Up to two 1.44MB floppy devices
  • Physical drives or floppy image files
  • Serial (COM) Ports

  • Up to four serial (COM) ports
  • Output to serial ports, Windows or Linux files, or named pipes
  • Parallel (LPT) Ports

  • Up to three bidirectional parallel (LPT) ports
  • Output to parallel ports or host operating system files
  • USB ports

  • Two-port USB 1.1 UHCI controller
  • Supports most devices including USB printers, scanners, PDAs, hard disk drives, memory card readers and digital cameras, as well as streaming devices such as webcams, speakers, and microphones.
  • Keyboard

  • 104-key Windows 95/98 enhanced
  • Mouse and Drawing Tablets

  • PS/2 mouse
  • Serial tablets supported
  • Ethernet Card

  • Up to three virtual Ethernet cards
  • AMD PCnet-PCI II compatible
  • For 64-bit guests: Intel Pro/1000 MT Server Adapter compatible
  • Sound

  • Sound output and input
  • Emulates Creative Labs Sound Blaster AudioPCI (MIDI input, game controllers and joysticks are not supported, except for USB devices)
  • Virtual Networking

  • Support for nine or more virtual Ethernet switches, depending on the host operating system. Three switches are configured by default for bridged, host-only, and NAT networking.
  • Support for most Ethernet-based protocols, including TCP/IP, NetBEUI, Microsoft Networking, Samba, Novell Netware, and Network File System.
  • Built-in NAT supports client software using TCP/IP, FTP, DNS, HTTP, and Telnet, including VPN support for PPTP over NAT.
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