VMware has released beta version of VMware Workstation 6 (currently beta build 36983) which include support for using Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit (x86 and x64) as host operating system and guest operating system. Other than Windows Vista, VMware WS also provides experimental support 32-bit and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 (formerly known as 4.0 Update 5) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 (Beta) as host and guest operating systems, 32-bit and 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP4 as host and guest operating systems, and 32-bit and 64-bit Solaris 10 Update 3 as guest operating system.


VMware Workstation 6 Beta includes the following features:

  • Support for Windows Vista
  • Multiple monitor display
  • Integrated Virtual Debugger
  • Automation APIs via Expanded VIX API 2.0
  • Headless mode
  • Easy Upgrade or Downgrade of VMware Virtual Machines
  • Automatic Update to the Latest Version of VMware Tools
  • Appliance View for Virtual Appliances
  • Run Virtual Machines in the Background
  • Enhanced File Sharing and Copy and Paste Functionality
  • Cross-Platform Drag-and-Drop Functionality
  • Virtual Machines Can Act as VNC Servers
  • New Online Help System for Workstation
  • Battery Information Is Now Reported in the Guest
  • Increased RAM Support
  • Support for Paravirtualized Linux Kernels
  • User Interface for Mapping a Virtual Disk to a Drive Letter on the Windows Host
  • Support for High-Speed USB 2.0 Devices
  • Improved 64-bit Guest Support on Intel EM64T VT-capable processors
  • New 64-bit Sound Driver
  • VMware Player 2.0
  • Player Extensions Framework

Download VMware Workstation 6 Beta (build 36983 or later) from VMware Workstation 6 Beta Program (no longer available). Registration required to receive the free serial key or registration number, and also read the release note here.