I have recently been working with VMware Workstation on a
Linux platform to look at virtual machine (VM) performance. I have loaded Microsoft and Linux virtual machines and I am getting good performance.
If you are interested in loading VMware Workstation 5.5 on a Linux box, follow these
instructions for a simple installation. For this lab, we will use Red Hat
Note: You can follow along by using the links to see the appropriate images or view the gallery as a whole.
Lets 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
We will use the compressed tar archive version to install Workstation 5.5. 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.
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
5.5 by typing the following command: /usr/bin/vmware.