– 64-bit x86 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or equivalent, AMD Athlon ™ 64 FX Dual Core Processor or equivalent
– 1.3GHz or faster core speed
– 2GB RAM minimum / 4GB RAM recommended
For Host Systems:
You must install Workstation Player on a host system that meets certain processor requirements.
The host system must have a 64-bit x86 CPU with 1.3 GHz or faster core speed. Multiprocessor systems are supported.
When you install Workstation Player, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has a supported processor. You can not install Workstation Player if the host system does not meet the processor requirements.
Processor Requirements for 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems
The operating system that runs inside a virtual machine is called the guest operating system. To run 64-bit guest operating systems, the host system must have one of the following processors.
An AMD CPU that has segment-limit support in long mode
An Intel CPU that has VT-x support
When you install a 64-bit operating system, Workstation Player performs checks to make sure the host system has a supported processor. You can not install a 64-bit operating system if the host system does not meet the processor requirements.
Processor Requirements for Windows 7 Aero Graphics
To support Windows 7 Aero graphics, the host system should have either an Intel Dual Core 2.2 GHz or later CPU or an AMD Athlon 4200+ or later CPU.
Memory Requirements for Host Systems
The host system must have enough memory to run the host operating system, the guest operating systems that run inside the virtual machines on the host system, and the applications that run in the host and guest operating systems.
The minimum memory required on the host system is 1 GB. 2 GB and above is recommended.
To support Windows 7 Aero graphics in a virtual machine, at least 3 GB of host system memory is required. 1 GB of memory is allocated to the guest operating system and 256 MB is allocated to graphics memory.
Display Requirements for Host Systems
The host system must have a 16-bit or 32-bit display adapter. Use the latest graphics driver recommended for the host system.
To support Windows 7 Aero graphics, the host system should have either an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or later or an ATI Radeon HD 2600 or later graphics processor.
3D benchmarks, such as 3DMark ’06, might not render correctly or at all when running Windows Vista or Windows 7 virtual machines on some graphics hardware.
Supported Guest Operating Systems
A guest operating system can be Windows, Linux, and other commonly used operating systems.
Virtual Machine Memory Allocation
The total amount of memory that you can assign to all virtual machines running on a single host system is limited only by the amount of RAM on the host.
On 64-bit hosts, the maximum amount of memory for each virtual machine is 64GB. On 32-bit hosts, the maximum amount of memory for each virtual machine is 8GB. Workstation Player prevents powering on virtual machines that are configured to use more than 8GB of memory on 32-bit hosts.Memory management limitations on 32-bit operating systems cause virtual machine memory to overcommit, which severely affects system performance.