I suggest to work on an old 4.2.7 if it's your first time with MARS on VMWare.
It's easy to configure and activate in a VMWare environment.
Anyway with the same basic configuration you can realize a custom v6 MARS on VMWare but with a little more difficulties due to some specific alterations done by Cisco on the boot process and the elimination of the chance to reach /bin/bash environment on the v6 MARS.
I used the setup instructions already working for a MARS v.4.2. as:
Set up a single 120 gb IDE drive on 0:0 (IDE) and CDROM at 0:1 (IDE). These parameters are MANDATORY.
Add two bridged NICS on your real NIC (Wired or Wireless - choose from the Virtual Network Environment on VMWare).
Procede to install the MARS's recovery .ISO file from Cisco (Recovery Image) as a Bootable CD from VMWare.
Get a Trial license from Cisco (60 days).
Run the machine.
Choose local controller, (suggested model: 20),
wait, reboot and wait, until login prompt appears (oracle takes a lot of time).
Login with pnadmin/pnadmin, change password.
Set IP address.
Remeber that every time you change the IP the machine reboots.
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