0. check archwiki

check this: archwiki

1. Gnome, i3

install gnome, i3

gnome gnome-extra
sudo pacman -S gnome gnome-extra
gnome-tweaks
sudo pacman -S gnome-tweaks
i3 i3blocks
sudo pacman -S i3-wm i3blocks

config gnome, i3

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modify .xinitrc:

# .xinitrc
exec gnome-session

config i3 via $HOME/.config/i3/config and $HOME/.config/i3/i3blocks.conf

auto connect network

Networkmanager
sudo pacman -S networkmanager
sudo systemctl enable NetworkManager.service

2. VMware

install

open-vm-tools
sudo pacman -S open-vm-tool
sudo systemctl enable vmtoolsd

drag and drop, copy and paste

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sudo systemctl enable vmtoolsd
Add vmware-user to .xinitrc: (copy/paste)

# .xinitrc
vmware-user &
# exec i3
exec gnome-session

settings in VMware host

CPU, Memory, Video RAM(VRAM), Enable 3D, etc.
setup shared folder to always on in VMware(drag/drop)

sound

choose the correct device in VMware setting

If you have RealTek speakers, look within the RealTek HD Audio Manager. Select the yellow folder near the analog panel, and make sure "Disable front panel jack detection" is selected.

Display manager(LightDM)

install

sudo pacman -S lightdm lightdm-gtk-greeter lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings

enable service

sudo systemctl enable lightdm.service