How to Install VMware: Understanding the Recommended Host Requirements

There are many information articles that can be found detailing the step by step process on how to install VMware.  In fact, detailed guides can be found on each site that offers a free download of VMware.  It is best however to know first the recommended system requirements especially when installing a guest VMware server on a host machine.

First, make sure that the host machine is an Intel.  That’s because VMware server will only run on Intel-based host.  It is also ideal to have Linux as the operating system of the host but the VMware server will still run on Windows XP.

Second, VMware server requires lots of memory power.  The host machine will significantly slow down if it only has less than 512 MB of physical memory.  The ideal RAM of the host machine should be at least 1 GB.  This will allow the user to install 1 to 2 servers on the host.  Upon set-up, users can tweak the memory allocation for each server that will be installed.  Ideally, the virtual VMware server should have at least 256 MB RAM allocation to run smoothly. 

Third, disk space and CPU utilization will also be taxed by the additional guest server.  The host and the guest servers will naturally use the resources of a single machine.  So it would be best to consider this fact before installing additional guest VMware server.  The hard drive requirement could be maxed out especially if the guest servers will be used for commercial or enterprise related purposes.