VMware can refer to both the company or its product. VMware offers a variety of closed source hypervisors including VMware ESXi and VMware Server.
This article guides you on installing Gentoo as a guest OS in a VMware environment.
When working with VMware ESXi, despite the Ethernet emulator stating it would be an Intel e1000e, the guest OS was presented with an AMD Ethernet adapter. Both are included for completeness as well as the e1000.
[*] Networking support ---> Networking options ---> <*> Virtual Socket protocol <*> VMware VMCI transport for Virtual Sockets Device Drivers ---> [*] Fusion MPT device support ---> <*> Fusion MPT ScsiHost drivers for SPI Misc devices ---> <*> VMware Balloon Driver <*> VMware VMCI Driver SCSI device support ---> [*] SCSI low-level drivers ---> <*> VMware PVSCSI driver support [*] Network device support ---> [*] Ethernet driver support ---> [*] AMD devices <*> AMD 8111 (new PCI LANCE) support <*> AMD PCnet32 PCI support [*] Intel devices <*> Intel(R) PRO/1000 Gigabit Ethernet support <*> Intel(R) PRO/1000 PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet support <*> VMware VMXNET3 ethernet driver Input device support ---> [*] Keyboards ---> <*> AT keyboard File systems ---> <*> FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) support
The keywords for the above options are:
Start the service:
rc-service vmware-tools start
And, add the vmware-tools service to the default run level.
rc-update add vmware-tools