With VMware Workstation you can install VMware on the Linux platform and then load Windows guest operating systems. Are you curious how to do this? If so, follow these steps.


Update: I am currently writing out these steps for VMware Workstation 6.5.

If you are interested in loading VMware Workstation on a Linux box, follow these instructions for a simple installation. For this lab, we will use Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Note: You can follow along by using the links to see the appropriate images or view the gallery as a whole.

Let’s start by downloading the installation files to the /tmp directory. You have the option of downloading the compressed Tar Archive or the RPM version of VMware Workstation.

We will use the compressed Tar Archive version to install Workstation. Since there are many different distributions of Linux, I always feel safe installing the product using the compressed Tar Archive.

We will continue by opening a terminal window and unpacking the archive. You need to be logged in as su in order to perform this installation. Next, point to the /tmp directory and type the following command to unpack the archive.

Now let’s point to the vmware-distrib directory and run the installation program (vmware-install.pl). At this point, you will be asked a series of questions, and the defaults are provided for you (see gallery).

Once the installation is complete, you can run Workstation by typing the following command: /usr/bin/vmware.