AlbertWT
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Using VMware workstation 7 on Win 7 laptop

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Hi All,

Out of curiosity, does anyone actually ever try to install VMware workstation on Windows 7 with 4 GB RAM (Intel® Core™ i5-520M Processor (3M Cache, 2.40 GHz)

I'm planning to run SharePoint server 2010 beta on this laptop for a demo and wondering if it is recommended or not ?

Thanks.

Kind Regards,

AWT

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EVW
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I run WS 6.5 on a recent (1 year) Dell gaming laptop with 4 GB RAM with Windows 7 64-bit. I actually have ESX 4 and Vcenter running within WS 6.5 for education. You need a 64-bit version of Windows to use 3 GB or more due to the limitations of 32-bit Windows.

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vmroyale
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Hello.

I'm running Workstation 7 on Windows 7 64-bit with 8 GB RAM and Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz. I also ran earlier versions on less hardware than what you listed, and was able to run some decent workloads in virtual machines.

As long as this is just a SharePoint demo, you might be able to get away with it - unless the installer requires 4 GB of RAM. MS recommends 4 GB for the evaluation. If you have a 64-bit host, you might be in slightly better shape, as you could use all 4 GB of RAM, but either way it will likely work. The question is how well.

Probably the best way to find out is to load it up and see how it works.

Good Luck!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com
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I run WS 6.5 on a recent (1 year) Dell gaming laptop with 4 GB RAM with Windows 7 64-bit. I actually have ESX 4 and Vcenter running within WS 6.5 for education. You need a 64-bit version of Windows to use 3 GB or more due to the limitations of 32-bit Windows.

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AlbertWT
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Thanks Mate,

You guys probably right I'll reinstall my current Win 7 32 bit lappy with the 64 bit windows 7 to get the maximumuse of 4 GB RAM Smiley Happy

Cheers.

Kind Regards,

AWT

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JessicaD42
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AlbertWT,

You should not experience any problems running VMware Workstation and SharePoint Server 2010 on your hardware configuration.

Should you require additional assistance and guidance, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w7itpro/ . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams.

Jessica

Microsoft Windows Client Team

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AlbertWT
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Thanks Jessica, I'll check it out.

Cheers.

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