I just installed Vista Beta 1 under VMWare workstation and I have two tips.
1. Vista won't format your virtual hardisk out of the box. Thanks to the guys from VMWare support forums here are two solutions:
- Boot from Windows 2003 (or perhaps XP - I didn't try this) and format your partition then boot Vista (so you won't need to format the drive with Vista)
- Use VMWare provided disk drivers - see this article (again, I didn't try this as first option worked fine)
2. When you install VMWare tools it won't enable your virtual network card automatically. So, after successful install of VMWare Tools and rebooting go to Device Manager, find the network card entry (under Other Devices) with an exclamation mark. Right click on it, pick Properties and Reinstall Driver ... button will enable the driver and network card will start working - voila, you can start using IE 7 now.
Here you go.