I’ve never personally run FSQL/FPMI within VMWare, but I’ll check around for you to see if others have. Have you downloaded FSQL 3.0.1 and FPMI 2.0.1 (or current)?
My guess would be that running the FactoryPMI client (A JWS launched Java application) should be trivial to run on a virtual machine. The FactoryPMI Gateway takes another step in securing a port and running as a Windows Service, but shouldn’t be different than running IIS (or any other Windows web server) in VMWare. My guess would be that FactorySQL could be more difficult with the DCOM based OPC support especially depending on the OPC Server requirements (ie, TCP/IP based connection easier than serial port).
I’d be happy to help you get started with either/both pieces of software. (boeger AT inductiveautomation DOT com)