Configurations, support, and hardware influence how you install a supported guest operating system.

General guidelines for supported guests documentation includes the following topics:

Determining Memory Settings for a Virtual Machine

When you configure the memory settings for a virtual machine, you should consult the documentation for the guest operating system you plan to run in that virtual machine. The user interface of your VMware product provides general guidelines for the amount of memory required. If the interface and the operating system documentation do not agree, you should rely on the operating system documentation.

Running a Guest Operating System

For information about running a guest operating system and using its features, see the documentation provided by the operating system vendor.

64-Bit Linux Guests and Execute Disable Functionality

When running a 64-bit Linux guest operating system on EM64T hardware, make sure that you have Execute Disable functionality enabled in the host BIOS. This functionality helps to ensure that the Linux guest operating system runs without interruption.

VMware Tools

VMware Tools must be installed in most guest operating systems. For an overview of VMware Tools and for a list of the manuals that contain installation instructions for VMware Tools, see knowledge base article 340 at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/340.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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