Do you want to run VMware ESX for testing or familiarisation purposes but don’t want the overhead of having it run on a dedicated server? If so, this could be the solution for you!
Though before we go any further – the intention of running VMware ESX under a VMware Workstation is for testing or lab purposes only.
David Davis has taken the time to put together a step-by-step how to video that covers the process of getting VMware ESX 3.5 or ESXi up and running on VMware Workstation. Well worth a look – his article including the video can be found here.
I’ve seen this run on laptops before and it seems to work ok – apart from the slow disk speeds (eg: 4200/5400rpm) often found with this machine type.