I was able to get VMWare software for testing purposes and decided to give VMWare Workstation a try. I normally use and am a big fan of Virtualbox. My initial reaction is that I like VMWare Workstation a lot. I downloaded and installed VMWare Workstation 9 for Linux on my Ubuntu 12.04 system running on a Macbook Pro. The installation went without a hitch, though after the first update, post installation, I was required to enter my license code again. This was a minor annoyance.
I wanted to simulate a configuration consisting of a firewall with two network interfaces and a single client operating system. I chose pfSense for the firewall and Windows 7 Professional for the client.