I recently set out to document how to setup a test network in VMware,
and realized how many steps are involved and how error-prone the
process can be. So rather than try to explain it, I did one better.
I've made self-contained VMware virtual machines of 1.11 and 1.2b3 in
both hard drive and CD format, for legacy (Workstation 4.x, GSX 3.x,
ESX 2.x, and ACE 1.x) and VMware 5 formats. Just unzip and open in
VMware and you're ready to run. (for the most part)
I am going to make some more documentation available in the future on
best practices in setting up a VMware test environment.
The images are available here for now. I'll let this page explain the rest.