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Upgrading on a Linux Host
You may upgrade from version 4 to version 5 using the upgrade version of VMware Workstation 5. To upgrade from version 3 to version 5, you must have the full version of VMware Workstation 5. Upgrades from earlier versions of VMware Workstation are not supported.
Note: When you are upgrading with the upgrade product, the installer checks for the presence of a license on the computer. If it finds no license, it prompts you to enter your previous version serial number.
Note: Starting with Workstation 5, Samba is no longer automatically configured when you run vmware-config.pl.
The tar Upgrade Process
If you used the tar installer to install version 3 or 4 or an earlier release of version 5 and you plan to use the tar installer for version 5, you do not need to take any special steps to uninstall the older version. Just follow the installation instructions Installing VMware Workstation 5 on a Linux Host.
The RPM Upgrade Process
Take the following steps to upgrade to version 5 if you used the RPM installer to install Workstation 3 or 4 or an earlier release of version 5.
If you are currently using version 3.0, you need to uninstall the RPM package of prebuilt modules that was installed with 3.0 before you uninstall the 3.0 software. You do not need to take this step if you are currently using version 3.1.
1. Uninstall any previous version as root:
If you are running version 3.0, uninstall the prebuilt modules as root, then uninstall VMware Workstation by running
If you are running version 3.1, 3.2 or 4, or an earlier release of version 5, uninstall it as root by running
Note: The asterisk symbol * is a wild card to account for the version number of Workstation that was previously installed.
2. Install version 5 following the instructions in Installing VMware Workstation 5 on a Linux Host.