Mrz 302017
 

You may have noticed that in the past couple weeks we’ve delivered a flurry of patch-releasesfor ourPersonal Desktop products.

More visibility

With competitions such as Pwn2Own at the CanSecWest conference putting huge bounty’s on‘vmescape‘, (which is to run code on the Host of a machine with a Hypervisor on it, likeFusion, Workstation, ESXi, etc, by executing code from within a virtual machine… to ‘break out’ of the VM, if you will), there’s been a lot of visibility regarding hypervisor security. We’re very happy that security teams around the world are doing their diligence to ‘jump throughRing-0‘ and doing the ‘white hat’ thing by disclosing that in a responsible manner.

While the exploits themselves are interesting to note, the likelihood of this causing actual damage in the real world is pretty small due to the nature and complexity of the technology involved, and certainly with respect to the effort and number of hoops to jump through to make this possible in a Proof Of Concept environment, let alone a ‘real world’ system with a bevy of unknowables. Mike Foley, one of our foremost security gurus, notes:

“VM Escape is not the threat your security guy thinks it is. It’s really, really hard to do.”

Hard to do, but it’s still up to us to fix it. With an abundance ofgratitudeto our incredibly talented security teamworking directly with our product engineering teams across several disciplines, we think we’ve been pretty on top of things.

Platform security iscritically important

Virtualization technology today is used more widely and for systems morecritical than ever, and with VMware having such a prominent footprint both on the desktop and in the data center, our role and responsibility in this space is not underestimated or overlooked.

While many of our customers are considered ‘consumers’, i.e. they have a single copy of Fusion or Workstation installed on their own personal machine and use it as a learning or productivity tool, the majority of our customers are business, both small and large. Security for the end-user is important, but when we’re talking about corporate systems and virtual desktops that connect to those systems, the need for an air-tight virtualization stack becomes an imperative.

To that end,we’ve delivered a succession of3 critical patches for bothFusion and Workstation (both Pro and Player), eachaddressing different security issues documented in ourSecurity Advisory announcements (which can be found here), all within the past 3 weeks.

Collaboration is Key

We’re very proud of our engineering teams, and the cross collaboration between them is critical whenaddressing issues like these with the utmost concernand rapid delivery. And of course while shipping a patch is critical, maintaining the high level of product quality that all of our customers have come to rely onis something we refuse to compromise on.

We work directly with security researchers who demonstrate some pretty slick exploits at several security shows, and we’re keento see that trend continue. In this day in age when breaches and data privacy issues are making mainstream headlines, we couldn’tdo this without the collaboration we get when working with the community and for that we are immensely grateful.

Now, Secure yourself

It’s always important to stay up to date with security patches for all software you own/use/control, but as an end user or as a business productivity user,running a virtualized operating system withFusion orWorkstation can increase both your own security and privacy when dealing with online threats.

For this use case, we have a nice summary infographic and video, with more detailed writeups for safely surfing the Internet withFusion and Workstation[linked respectively].

 

 

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Mrz 222017
 

We aim to introduce a new version of VMware Horizon FLEX every quarter, and so to kick off our 2017 release train, we&#rsquo;re delighted to announce VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10.

Before I get into what&#rsquo;s new, here&#rsquo;s a quick recapof what Horizon FLEX does:

Horizon FLEX delivers a reliable Windows or Linux experience to contractors, road warriors, developers and field workers, even when offline. It can extend the life of legacy applications using local virtual desktops on modern hardware.

The key to all this magic is an occasionally connected central policy server that dictates the behavior of remote hypervisors (VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Workstation Player). Today, we&#rsquo;ve updated that policy engine.

What’s New in Horizon FLEX 1.10

If I were to be brutally honest about Horizon FLEX, one of the complaints we get is that managing client license keys can be problematic: Distributing software keys to contractors can be a messy and an administratively heavy task. So, we fixed it. Administrators can now distribute Horizon FLEX client keys from the FLEX server. New users receive the correct license key when they connect to the Horizon FLEX server, even if they are running a client in free-trial mode.

When a major upgrade to the client occurs, administrators do not need to update the license key on each endpoint. Administrators can also set the minimum client version allowed for connection. This last point is key. There&#rsquo;s no point specifying a policy that the client can&#rsquo;t implement. Our new version number checking switch ensures that the policies you need to be enforced, will be.

This brings us to policies. One of the most loved features of Horizon FLEX is our control of how data is placed into, and taken out of, the virtual desktop. Since day one, we had the ability for a virtual desktop to share, or not share, a common clipboard with the host computer. Similarly, we&#rsquo;ve had the ability to control whether dragging and dropping files between the two desktops is permissible. In this release, we add direction to those policies. It makes sense in some cases to allow people to copy from a personal desktop and to paste into a corporate one (likewise, with dragging files). The new policy direction setting allows for this use case, but blocks attempts to remove data from the corporate machine. It&#rsquo;s a great usability tweak.

And talking of usability, while we&#rsquo;ve always been able to control whether the virtual desktop can share files with the physical machine, we&#rsquo;ve now given administrators the ability to allow users to select their own default local folders.

Tested Virtual Desktops

In this release, we have dropped support for Ubuntu 14.04 and added support for Ubuntu 16.04. The full list of operating systems that are tested and verified to run as virtual desktops is:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016

Supported Physical Desktops

The list of physically installed client operating systems (hosts) supported by Horizon FLEX 1.10 remains unchanged and is:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 10
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra

Horizon FLEX is available to download today. Try Horizon FLEX now in our free hands-on lab.

 

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Mrz 222017
 

We aim to introduce a new version of VMware Horizon FLEX every quarter, and so to kick off our 2017 release train, we&#rsquo;re delighted to announce VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10.

Before I get into what&#rsquo;s new, here&#rsquo;s a quick recapof what Horizon FLEX does:

Horizon FLEX delivers a reliable Windows or Linux experience to contractors, road warriors, developers and field workers, even when offline. It can extend the life of legacy applications using local virtual desktops on modern hardware.

The key to all this magic is an occasionally connected central policy server that dictates the behavior of remote hypervisors (VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Workstation Player). Today, we&#rsquo;ve updated that policy engine.

What’s New in Horizon FLEX 1.10

If I were to be brutally honest about Horizon FLEX, one of the complaints we get is that managing client license keys can be problematic: Distributing software keys to contractors can be a messy and an administratively heavy task. So, we fixed it. Administrators can now distribute Horizon FLEX client keys from the FLEX server. New users receive the correct license key when they connect to the Horizon FLEX server, even if they are running a client in free-trial mode.

When a major upgrade to the client occurs, administrators do not need to update the license key on each endpoint. Administrators can also set the minimum client version allowed for connection. This last point is key. There&#rsquo;s no point specifying a policy that the client can&#rsquo;t implement. Our new version number checking switch ensures that the policies you need to be enforced, will be.

This brings us to policies. One of the most loved features of Horizon FLEX is our control of how data is placed into, and taken out of, the virtual desktop. Since day one, we had the ability for a virtual desktop to share, or not share, a common clipboard with the host computer. Similarly, we&#rsquo;ve had the ability to control whether dragging and dropping files between the two desktops is permissible. In this release, we add direction to those policies. It makes sense in some cases to allow people to copy from a personal desktop and to paste into a corporate one (likewise, with dragging files). The new policy direction setting allows for this use case, but blocks attempts to remove data from the corporate machine. It&#rsquo;s a great usability tweak.

And talking of usability, while we&#rsquo;ve always been able to control whether the virtual desktop can share files with the physical machine, we&#rsquo;ve now given administrators the ability to allow users to select their own default local folders.

Tested Virtual Desktops

In this release, we have dropped support for Ubuntu 14.04 and added support for Ubuntu 16.04. The full list of operating systems that are tested and verified to run as virtual desktops is:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016

Supported Physical Desktops

The list of physically installed client operating systems (hosts) supported by Horizon FLEX 1.10 remains unchanged and is:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 10
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra

Horizon FLEX is available to download today. Try Horizon FLEX now in our free hands-on lab.

 

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Feb 082017
 

Did you know you can use VMware Workstation or Fusion to safely browse the web? Check out our video and learn more below!

A quick History Lesson

During the Internet’s infancy, ‘Surfing’the World Wide Web was an exhilarating experience. (complete with a soundtrack!) It wasn’t called ‘Web Surfing’ without good reason, although we don’t really refer to it that way anymore.

The Internet was great, but in additionto being a place to share ideas itneeded to be a place for consumer commercial activity in order to gain the resources (i.e. corporate sponsorship and investment) needed to grow.

Online retailhad overtaken buying things from brick-and-morter storesas far back as 2013, and the statistics only show Internet usage growing.

With bring the most connected generation in the history of the world,we are also now gathering more information thanever.

Things start to go Wrong

We now live in a world where a simple transparent 1×1 pixel .gifcan be used to follow and track our online behaviour an endless number of sites acrossall of yourdevices. Social media hooks arebuilt into every page for shareability, allowing groups like Facebook, Twitter and Google to learn more about what you click than ever before.

On the darker side of that equation, you have lots of potential for misuse and abuse of this new distributed digital landscape. Ad networks can unknowingly distribute malware, pages can ‘click-bait’ you into accidentally opening a barrage of popups or worse, and mobile devices have not had the same maturity as desktop devices so their ability to block unknown threats is minimal at best.

A Potential Solution

So, what does this have to do with VMware or VMware Workstation?

Workstation can be used to isolate all of this behaviour away from the computer that you are using, keeping you safe and protected.

Because of the isolation provided by the VMware hypervisor technology, using a virtual machine in Workstationeffectively creates a sandbox for a second (or third, or fourth…) Operating System on the same computer you’re running.

It runs it the new OS in an isolated waywith respect to Memory, CPU, and physical hardware devices. Tobe cliche about it: “What happens in the VMstays in the VM.”

So when something attacks a browser that’s running in a Virtual Machine sandbox, it has no way of impacting the main computer where you might have more sensitive information stored, like credit card or account numbers or access to otherwise protectednetworks that are available to the host computer.

And because it’s a virtual machine, you can do other interesting things as well, such as having a ‘snapshot’ for a roll back point, put it on a different network than the physical computer itself, or even bring that same VM to different computers to avoid having to use someone else’s browser.

Kid Friendly Internet-ing

It also makes sense if you have kids. I helped my sister out by having my nephew use a virtual machine. He double-clicks the ‘Kids Internet’ button on the desktop, it fires up a Linux virtual machine, and everything that he and his little brotherclick on can be easily undone by rolling back to a snapshot taken earlier.

It’s an interesting use case, and makes a lot of sense, especially for the privacy-conscious. There are OS’s out there designed specifically for anonymity such as Tails, Discreete Linux, Whonix, or Qubes OS.

We really think that our users would get a lot of benefit from this sort of a setup, so we put together a shortInfographic and Video to share the story.

Have a look!

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Nov 242016
 

Yes, I know that&#rsquo;s a cheesy title, but in the office where we control Workstation and Fusion every day starts with a conversation about you. We talk about things that are trending on Twitter & Facebook, what&#rsquo;s happening on our community forums, and what people are asking us in our inboxes.

Some days it&#rsquo;s all good news, others it bad. Often it’s a mixture, but every day we&#rsquo;re grateful that you&#rsquo;re engaged with us, so that together we can build a better product.

Back in the summer we ran a competition to see what you&#rsquo;d say about us on YouTube. The results surprised us. I can honestly say that we were not expecting the volume of entries that our little give-away generated.

We are truly thankful that you are our customer.

Please stay engaged. Negative or positive, we want to hear your thoughts on the current product, and where you think it should go next.

In the meanwhile, in no order, here&#rsquo;s my favorite top 10 videos from the competition

The one with the cute kid

The one about a zoo

The product demo we should have made ourselves

The one about a whole career

The one that scared us a bit

The other one with cute kids

The one with the gamer

The one with the dog

And finally, the third one with a cute kid

Thank you

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Sep 132016
 

Start your upgrade engines!

 

The Workstation team is proud to announce general availability of VMware Workstation 12.5 Pro and VMware Workstation 12.5 Player! These updates are free for all VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player users.

Buy or Upgrade Now!

Users on Workstation 7 and greaterare now eligible for upgrade pricing!

Current customers can grab the bits frombelow, or from our in-app upgrade feature:

Workstation Pro

vmware.com/go/getworkstation

Workstation Player

vmware.com/go/getplayer

Workstation Player works best for businesses when paired with Horizon FLEX.Did you know you can manage a whole fleet of user’s local virtual machines from a single management console?

This release supports the latest Windows 10 Anniversary Edition fromMicrosoft, and isready to support Windows Server 2016 upon its release.

This release also includes numerous bug fixes, security updates and performance improvements, including:

  • A Linux host with kernel 4.6 fails to launch Workstation because the vmmon and vmnet drivers are not built successfully.This issue is resolved.
  • If you configure Revert to snapshot when a VM is powered off from Options-> Snapshots, the VM actually reverts to a snapshot when suspended.This issue is resolved.
  • On Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview host, help links do not appear.This issue is resolved.
  • Workstation menu View->Fit Guest Now does not work for Windows Vista guest with VMware Tools installed.This issue is resolved.
  • If your Windows host has an NVDIA GPU, you might hit the VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (svga) when running a 3D application in the guest.This issue is resolved.
  • VMware Workstation Pro resolves an issue where you cannot boot virtual machine on a 64-bit Braswell N3150 processor and the following error appears:
    • MONITOR PANIC: vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/cpuid.c:376 bugNr=1036521.
  • The guest OS uses the full amount of memory allocated to the virtual machine even if you try to limit the amount of memory used by the guest OS through the BCDEdit ‘truncatememory’ option.This issue is resolved.

There are many more fixes, please check out the Release Notesfor Workstation Pro and the Release Notes for Workstation Playerfor more detail.

In Other News…

Did you hear we’re giving away 20 Oculus Rift headsets?

What are our users saying?

We put a camera in front of the door to our VMworld 2016 session (which you can watch here!) Well, in a couple of words, it sounds like this:

 

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Aug 302016
 

We’ve been holding in the surprise for some time now but on the keynote stage today at VMworld,Sanjay Poonan, EVP ofour End user Computing business unit where Fusion and Workstation are situated,pulled the covers back and revealed the details aboutour big annual release.

This year we aredelivering 2 updates to the Workstation product family:Workstation 12.5 ProandWorkstation 12.5 Player, and the big surprise is this:It’s a free upgrade for allcurrent-version customers. So, if you’re on Workstation 12.5, you’re going to be able to upgrade to the latest versionwith full support for Windows 10 Anniversary edition, for free. We’ll also be addingWindows Server 2016 support when it comes available.

This is an exciting release for us because it marks the first time that we have provided a yearly update for no additional cost tocurrent-version customers.We’ve been holding the surprise in for some time,so we’re very excited to finally share this with the world.

We’ve also changed how users can upgrade to the latestrelease. Users are eligible for upgrade pricing going back to Workstation 7. So, if you have an old Workstationlicense and haven’t upgraded in a few years, there’s never been a better time to upgrade!

This also marks the announcement of Fusion 8.5 and Fusion 8.5 Prowhich you can read more about here.

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Aug 262016
 

Yes, you read that right. Twenty virtual reality headsets. Wow.

Of course, writing to me and asking for one won’t cut it; you have to work a little harder than that.

We recently conducted a TechValidate survey, and it’s evident from the results that people love and would recommend VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion. So, we thought, let’s encourage people to do just that. Then we went shopping.

Here’s the idea. You make a short video—30 seconds to 2.5 minutes—telling your peers what you think of Workstation. Perhaps you could mention how they saved your butt that time your data center fried. Or perhaps how you love developing with multiple operating systems just a fingertip away. Maybe, you just like carrying a laptop that’s capable of running any app.

Whatever your story, make it interesting, get our attention, and we just might send you a free Oculus Rift headset. You might also consider tweeting your masterpiece with the hashtag #WorkstationLove.

The videos don’t have to be of amazing quality, or feature 1,000 friends reenacting a heroic story. They just have to have heart. (We like funny, too.)

The competition ends Sept. 19, so you don’t have much time. Get filming. Rules, legal and submission form are all here.

Good luck. We can’t wait to hear your stories.

Follow your peers on #WorkstationLove and #FusionLove.

[Related: Meet the VMware Workstation &Fusion Team]

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Aug 262016
 

Yes, you read that right. Twenty virtual reality headsets. Wow.

Of course, writing to me and asking for one won’t cut it; you have to work a little harder than that.

We recently conducted a TechValidate survey, and it’s evident from the results that people love and would recommend VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion. So, we thought, let’s encourage people to do just that. Then we went shopping.

Here’s the idea. You make a short video—30 seconds to 2.5 minutes—telling your peers what you think of Workstation or Fusion. Perhaps you could mention how they saved your butt that time your data center fried. Or perhaps how you love developing with multiple operating systems just a fingertip away. Maybe, you just like carrying a laptop that’s capable of running any app.

Whatever your story, make it interesting, get our attention, and we just might send you a free Oculus Rift headset. You might also consider tweeting your masterpiece with the hashtag #WorkstationLove or #FusionLove.

The videos don’t have to be of amazing quality, or feature 1,000 friends reenacting a heroic story. They just have to have heart. (We like funny, too.)

The competition ends Sept. 19, so you don’t have much time. Get filming. Rules, legal and submission form are all here.

Good luck. We can’t wait to hear your stories.

Follow your peers on #WorkstationLove and #FusionLove.

[Related: Meet the VMware Workstation &Fusion Team]

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Aug 262016
 

Yes, you read that right. Twenty virtual reality headsets. Wow.

Of course, writing to me and asking for one won’t cut it; you have to work a little harder than that.

We recently conducted a TechValidate survey, and it’s evident from the results that people love and would recommend VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion. So, we thought, let’s encourage people to do just that. Then we went shopping.

Here’s the idea. You make a short video—30 seconds to 2.5 minutes—telling your peers what you think of Workstation or Fusion. Perhaps you could mention how they saved your butt that time your data center fried. Or perhaps how you love developing with multiple operating systems just a fingertip away. Maybe, you just like carrying a laptop that’s capable of running any app.

Whatever your story, make it interesting, get our attention, and we just might send you a free Oculus Rift headset. You might also consider tweeting your masterpiece with the hashtag #WorkstationLove or #FusionLove.

The videos don’t have to be of amazing quality, or feature 1,000 friends reenacting a heroic story. They just have to have heart. (We like funny, too.)

The competition ends Sept. 19, so you don’t have much time. Get filming. Rules, legal and submission form are all here.

Good luck. We can’t wait to hear your stories.

Follow your peers on #WorkstationLove and #FusionLove.

[Related: Meet the VMware Workstation &Fusion Team]

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Jul 072016
 

One of our signs at our Palo Alto campus.

The VMware Fusion and Workstation teams are having a very busy year. Since we shipped Fusion 8 and Workstation 12 almost a year ago, we’ve been busy adding new skills to the development teams so that we can take the products in a new and compelling direction. Addedto that, the team has released several updates that you really should be loading on to your systems. They make the products better in a bunch of ways that are described here, here and here.

Given that some of the new features we’re working on are aimed at developers, we recently sponsored a MacWorld party at WWDC so that people could meet me and the rest of the management team. I was impressed by how passionate and supportive the party-goers were, and we certainly learned a lot. Our backlog of ideas almost doubled!

Early shot of the rooftop Patio Party with MacWorld and friends during WWDC 2016..

Back in the office, it occurred to us that more people might like to meet the team too. The management team is boring; it’s just the five of us Powerpoint jockies. The real teams that do the hard work of building, delivering and supporting the products are a diverse group of people spread all over the world.

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn’t be having this conversation! Ooh, and check out the turtles in our pond!

The core compute, storage and network guys work on all of VMware’s hypervisors and are known as Layer 1. These guys build the hypervisor, as well as our Virtual Devices (all the “hardware” that Windows/guests see), the Graphics stack, the Networking stack, VMware Tools, VMRC (the ‘console’ view), USB devices and the list goes on… In the photois about halfof the group. Every one of the people in this photo is a certifiable genius, and without these guys, a whole industry would not exist.

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Once they’ve done their voodoo, as they do, they pass the base code to these guys, our Hosted-UI (Product) and QE (Quality) teams. These folkshave the incrediblydifficult task of turning what is basically just cool tech into the products you love. And they do it exceedingly well. Every time we do a customer survey, Workstation and Fusion score the highest of all our products for quality and satisfaction. Our Hosted-UI team members, past and present, put in a lot of hours making Fusion and Workstation the amazing products they are today, and for that we can’t begin to express our gratitude. By the same extension, we couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store for the future!

 

The Support team!

Of course, even with awesome quality control, sometimes you just need help solving a problem, and that’s where these guys come in. This is about half of our 24-hour, 7-days a week Fusion and Workstation support staff. These guys are the ones we listen to the most. Building new products is fun, but we’re very aware that you rely on them to solve real-world problems. These guys are our canaries, our triage, our compass. We couldn’t do it without them.

This combined team is working tirelessly to support you in your business. They’ve got a great surprise lined up for Q3, something very interesting for Q4 and something very big for H1. It’s not easy delivering a product that is downloaded almost 5 million times a year, but these people are the very best at what they do, and we’re proud to have them with us.

Thank you for reading!

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Jul 072016
 

One of our signs at our Palo Alto campus.

The VMware Fusion and Workstation teams are having a very busy year. Since we shipped Fusion 8 and Workstation 12 almost a year ago, we’ve been busy adding new skills to the development teams so that we can take the products in a new and compelling direction. Addedto that, the team has released several updates that you really should be loading on to your systems. They make the products better in a bunch of ways that are described here, here and here.

Given that some of the new features we’re working on are aimed at developers, we recently sponsored a MacWorld party at WWDC so that people could meet me and the rest of the management team. I was impressed by how passionate and supportive the party-goers were, and we certainly learned a lot. Our backlog of ideas almost doubled!

Early shot of the rooftop Patio Party with MacWorld and friends during WWDC 2016..

Back in the office, it occurred to us that more people might like to meet the team too. The management team is boring; it’s just the five of us Powerpoint jockies. The real teams that do the hard work of building, delivering and supporting the products are a diverse group of people spread all over the world.

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn’t be having this conversation! Ooh, and check out the turtles in our pond!

The core compute, storage and network guys work on all of VMware’s hypervisors and are known as Layer 1. These guys build the hypervisor, as well as our Virtual Devices (all the “hardware” that Windows/guests see), the Graphics stack, the Networking stack, VMware Tools, VMRC (the ‘console’ view), USB devices and the list goes on… In the photois about halfof the group. Every one of the people in this photo is a certifiable genius, and without these guys, a whole industry would not exist.

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Once they’ve done their voodoo, as they do, they pass the base code to these guys, our Hosted-UI (Product) and QE (Quality) teams. These folkshave the incrediblydifficult task of turning what is basically just cool tech into the products you love. And they do it exceedingly well. Every time we do a customer survey, Workstation and Fusion score the highest of all our products for quality and satisfaction. Our Hosted-UI team members, past and present, put in a lot of hours making Fusion and Workstation the amazing products they are today, and for that we can’t begin to express our gratitude. By the same extension, we couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store for the future!

 

The Support team!

Of course, even with awesome quality control, sometimes you just need help solving a problem, and that’s where these guys come in. This is about half of our 24-hour, 7-days a week Fusion and Workstation support staff. These guys are the ones we listen to the most. Building new products is fun, but we’re very aware that you rely on them to solve real-world problems. These guys are our canaries, our triage, our compass. We couldn’t do it without them.

This combined team is working tirelessly to support you in your business. They’ve got a great surprise lined up for Q3, something very interesting for Q4 and something very big for H1. It’s not easy delivering a product that is downloaded almost 5 million times a year, but these people are the very best at what they do, and we’re proud to have them with us.

Thank you for reading!

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Apr 262016
 

The VMware Workstation team has release dan update to Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player, bringing our version numbers up to 12.1.1.

This is an important release with several fixes, including resolving aNAT and DNS bug that affected users who were doing port forwarding or trying to useHashicorp’s Vagrantplugin for VMware.

As always, grab the latest version by using Workstation to ‘Check for Updates’, or download it from your MyVMWare portal or just grab it directlyfrom the trial download page.

Fromthe Release Notes:

The following issues were resolved in this version of VMware Workstation Pro.

  • Resolved: DNS names are not resolved in a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host.
    • When you select a Network Address Translation (NAT) network for a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host, Domain Name System (DNS) names are not properly resolved.
  • Resolved: Running graphic software with MSAA enabled causes VMware Workstation Pro to crash
    • In a Windows virtual machine, running graphic software, such as a Realtime Landscape Architect program, or a graphic game, such as Civilization 4, with Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) enabled causes VMware Workstation Pro to crash.
  • Resolved: Enabling port forwarding breaks NAT
    • When you enable port forwarding, network address translation (NAT) breaks.
  • Resolved (Workstation Pro Only): When the VMware Workstation Pro menu item Show Enabled Hints is not enabled, you cannot disable usage hints for the vmware-kvm.exe utility
    • When the VMware Workstation menu item Help > Hints > Show Enabled Hints is not selected, deselecting the “Show usage hint on startup” option in the VMware KVM Preferences dialog box does not take effect.
  • Resolved:Attempting to format a USB flash drive in a Windows guest with a USB 3.0 controller fails with an error
    • When you connect a flash drive to a guest operating system and try to format the drive using a built-in Windows utility, the flash drive fails with the error Windows was unable to complete the format.
  • Resolved:When using an Android Debug Bridge (ADB) daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest, the VMware Workstation Pro window becomes unresponsive over time
    • Starting an ADB daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest operating system causes a memory leak, which in turn causes the VMware Workstation window to become less responsive over time.

 

 

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Jan 142016
 

Did you know that you can connect your VMware Workstation application to a VMware vCloud Air instance?

Well, in this short and snappy video tutorial you will learn how you do just that.

For additional information and instructions, see VMware Knowledge Base article Connecting to VMware vCloud Air using VMware Workstation (2097394).

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Aug 252015
 

We’re pleased and excited to announce the worldwide General Availability of VMware Workstation 12 Pro &VMware Workstation 12 Player.

VMware Workstation 12 Pro

With support for the brand new release of Windows 10 and the latest Linux distribution, VMware Workstation 12 Pro transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

Key New Features in Workstation 12 Pro Include:

  • Built for Windows 10 and More – VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables IT professionals and developers to test and develop for Windows 10 with their existing Windows or Linux PC. Users can take advantage of the latest features in Windows 10 like Cortana, the personal digital assistant and the inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or begin building universal applications for Windows 10 devices

  • Enhanced Graphics Engine – With support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables and expands the type of 3-D graphics applications that can run inside a virtual machine.

  • Improved Performance – VMware Workstation 12 Pro offers performance improvements that enhance productivity and the user experience. With performance improvements of up to 3x when suspending or resuming encrypted virtual machines, up to 36 percent faster 3-D graphics, and improved echo and noise cancelation when using Skype and Lync VoIP calls within a VM – highly demanding applications can be faster and more efficient than ever before.
  • Ready for the Latest PCs and Tablets – VMware Workstation 12 Pro has been optimized to support high resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays for desktops and QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets providing users with a crisp and detailed experience. Workstation 12 Pro also benefits from improvements in handling mixed environments between standard resolution PCs and 4K displays.
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ Incentive Program – To help users get familiar with the benefits of cloud computing, VMware Workstation 12 Pro customers are eligible to receive $600 in vCloud Air service credit to use for up to 6 months – twice the standard VMware vCloud Air sign-up offer.

Inaddition,Workstation 12 Pro includes many other great enhancements including: Auto suspend virtualmachines upon host shutdown, Tear away tabs, Improved vCloud Air Integration (Workstation Pro on Windows only), Power operation on remote virtual machines (Now 1 step process), Support IPv6 NAT network, Added NAT network configuration in Virtual Network Editor on Linux hosts, Echo cancellation for voice and video call with Microsoft Lync and Skype, Added USB 3.0 support to Windows 7 virtual machine, New standard installer, and Respect left-handed mouse setting on Windows host.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Pro Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

VMware Workstation 12 Player

VMware Workstation 12 Player™ (formerly known as VMware Player Pro) is a streamlined offering of VMware Workstation 12 Pro that is ready for Windows 10, offers enhanced 3-D graphics support and improved virtual machine performance. With its intuitive interface and easy setup, VMware Workstation 12 Player is another option for IT professionals to deliver a corporate virtual desktop to employees, contractors or customers.

  • Enhanced Operating System Compatibility – VMware 12 Player will run on the latest release of Windows including Windows 10 and will support prevalent operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 7 in a virtual environment so users can continue to run legacy applications as long as they need.
  • Greater Hardware Compatibility – VMware 12 Player will be optimized to run on today’s modern hardware including the latest PC laptops and high-resolution tablets including 4K displays.
  • Updated VMware Compatibility – VMware Workstation 12 Player will be able to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation 12Pro or VMware Fusion 8Pro. Restricted virtual machines secure corporate desktops with encryption, runtime password protection, USB access restriction, isolation between the host and guest OS, and time limitation.

So why the name change from VMware Player Pro to Workstation Player? Player is an integral part of the Workstation product, so we chose to rebrand it with the goal of having one brand to represent Windows and Linux desktop virtualization as opposed to two (Workstation & Player). Workstation Player becomes an edition of the Workstation family with lesser capability and a simplerinterface than itsbig brother Workstation Pro. This change streamlines our brands and makes it easier for our customers to understand better what we sell: the Workstation brand for desktop virtualization on Windows and Linux PCs, the Fusion brand for desktop virtualization on Macs.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Player Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates

New System Requirements

While 32 bit operating systems are supported inside virtual machines, VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player require 64 bit processor and 64 bit host operating systems for advanced computing and enhanced performance.

Availability and Pricing

VMware Workstation 12 Pro and VMware Workstation 12 Player are available for purchase immediately for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively.

VMware Workstation 10 and 11 customers can upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 Pro for $149.99. VMware Player 6 Plus and Player 7 Pro customers can upgrade to Workstation 12 Player for $79.99.

Customers who purchased VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Plus between July 29, 2015 and September 30, 2015 will receive a free electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 and VMware Workstation 12 Player respectively. For more details, visit the upgrade page.

 

We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 12Pro and Workstation 12 Player as much as we enjoyed creating it.

– The VMware Workstation Team

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