How you start Workstation depends on the host system platform and the options that you selected during Workstation installation.

On Windows host systems, you might have a desktop shortcut, a quick launch shortcut, or a combination of these options in addition to a Start menu item.

On Linux host systems, you start Workstation from the command line. On some Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, you can also start Workstation from the System Tools menu under Applications.

To start Workstation on a Windows host system, select Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Workstation.

To start Workstation on a Linux host system, type the vmware command in a terminal window.

Option

Command

/usr/bin is in your default path

vmware &

/usr/bin is not in your default path

/usr/bin/vmware &

The first time you start Workstation, Workstation prompts you to accept the End User License Agreement. After you start Workstation, the Workstation window opens.