Feb 26

VMware Workstation 12 Pro Features


VMware Workstation 12 Pro is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to evaluate new operating systems, software applications and patches, and reference architectures in an isolated and safe virtualized environment. No other desktop virtualization software offers the performance, reliability, and cutting edge features of Workstation Pro.

Introducing Workstation 12 Pro – Features

VMware Workstation 12 Pro continues VMware’s tradition of delivering leading edge features and performance that technical professionals rely on every day when working with virtual machines. With support for the latest version of Windows and Linux, the latest processors and hardware, and the ability to connect to VMware vSphere and vCloud Air, it’s the perfect tool to increase productivity, save time and conquer the cloud.

Built for Microsoft Windows 10 and More

Workstation 12 Pro is the best way to evaluate and test Windows 10 with your existing Windows or Linux PC. In a few simple steps you can easily install Windows 10 in a virtual machines from a disc or ISO image using the Workstation Virtual Machines Wizard. With Workstation 12 Pro you can start taking advantage of Windows 10 latest features like Cortana the personal digital assistant, inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or even start building Universal Apps for Windows 10 devices. You can even ask Cortana to launch VMware Workstation right from Windows 10.

For organizations and technical users that run the latest Linux distributions, Workstation 12 Pro supports Ubuntu 15.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, Fedora 22, and many more. You can even create nested hypervisors to run Hyper-V or VMware ESXi and vSphere to build up the ultimate vSphere lab for training, show demos, and testing. Workstation 12 Pro has added support for VMware Photon so you can start building and experimenting with containerized application running in a virtualized environment.

State of the Art Performance

Display Powerful 3D Graphics

Workstation 12 Pro now supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 delivering a more fluid and responsive experience when running 3D applications. With these added capabilities you now have access to all the applications that require Direct X10 such as Microsoft’s Power Map tool for Excel, allowing you to visualize data in a whole new dimension. In addition, Workstation makes running highly demanding 3D applications like AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS a snap in a virtual machine.

Ready for High Resolution Displays

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 you with a crisp and detailed experience. Workstation 12 Pro now supports multiple monitors on the host with different DPI settings so you can run your brand new 4K UHD display along with your existing 1080P HD display.

Create Powerful Virtual Machines

With Workstation 12 Pro, you can create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, and 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding desktop and server applications in a virtualized environment. You can give graphics-intensive applications an additional boost by allocating up to 2GB of video memory to a virtual machine.

Ready for the Latest Hardware

Take advantage of the latest Intel based tablets with Workstation virtual tablets sensors. Leverage the latest Microsoft Surface tablets with Workstation’s virtual accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and ambient light sensor to enable applications running in the virtual machines to respond when a user moves, rotates, and shakes their tablet. Whether you are running on a laptop, tablet, or desktop, Workstation 12 Pro supports the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including the Broadwell and Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance.

Enhanced Connectivity

Workstation 12 Pro takes advantage of the latest hardware supporting HD audio with 7.1 surround sound, USB 3.0, and Bluetooth devices making it easy to get your new webcam, headset, or printer connected in a virtual machine. Workstation 12 Pro now supports USB 3.0 in Windows 7 besides Windows 8 for ultra-fast file transfers with external storage devices. In addition Workstation 12 Pro improves performance of Skype or Lync conference calls within guest virtual machines so you can conduct crystal clear conference calls from your virtual machines.

Build Virtual Networks

With improved IPv6 support, including IPv6-to-IPv4 Network Address Translation (6to4 and 4to6), users can create more complex networking topologies than ever before. Use the Workstation 12 Pro virtual network editor to add and remove virtual IPv4 or IPv6 networks and create custom virtual networking configurations, ideal for testing and demonstration environments without impacting the PCs network configuration.

Leverage the Power of vSphere and vCloud Air

Workstation 12 Pro provides connections to VMware vSphere and vCloud Air service allowing you to extend and scale your virtual machines in the cloud. This allows technical professionals to work with local and server-hosted virtual machines side by side for optimal flexibility, and leverage resources beyond the power of a single PC. With Workstation 12 Pro, seamlessly drag and drop virtual machines between your PC and your internal cloud running vSphere, ESXi or another instance of Workstation. In addition, easily connect to vCloud Air and upload, run, and view virtual machines right from the Workstation 12 Pro interface.

Workstation 12 now provides vCloud Air power operations so you can power on/off or suspend/resume virtual machines saving extra steps and time.

Take Productivity to the Next Level

User Interface

Workstation 12 Pro gives technical professionals powerful control over how to set up and interact with virtual machines whether running them locally on your PC or in the cloud. The Workstation 12 Pro interface includes simplified menus, live thumbnails, tabs, preferences screens, and a virtual machine library with search capability allowing you to quickly view and access you virtual machines saving valuable time.

Now with Workstation 12 Pro you can tear away a virtual machine tab to the desktop and create a whole new Workstation instance when you need to work with multiple virtual machines.

Protect Your Work and Save Time

With Workstation 12 Pro, you can safeguard and protect your virtual machines and save valuable time when using the Snapshot and Clone features. The Snapshot feature preserves the state of a virtual machine so you can return to it at any time. Duplicating Workstation virtual machines is easy using the clone feature, which allows you to make unlimited copies of a virtual machine right from the baseline installation and configuration. Linked clones are an even quicker, easier and more efficient way to duplicate complex setups for testing and custom demos. Linked clones make a copy of a virtual machine that shares virtual disks with the parent virtual machine and have the benefit of taking significantly less disk space than a full clone.

Run Restricted Virtual Machines

Create and control policies around your virtual machines and deliver applications to end-users in a Workstation 12 restricted virtual machine container. Protect corporate content by restricting access to Workstation virtual machine settings like drag and drop, copy and paste, and connecting USB devices. Additionally virtual machines can be encrypted and password-protected to ensure that unauthorized users are unable to tamper with the corporate virtual machines settings.

Workstation 12 Pro improves the performance of encrypted VMs during suspend and resume operations with up to 3x faster performance over previous versions of Workstation.

Expiring Virtual Machines

For workers assigned to short-term projects, temporary employees, or just delivering a software evaluation, Workstation allows you to create restricted virtual machines that can expire at a predefined date and time. When powered on, the virtual machine will query the server at specified time intervals, storing the current system time in the restricted virtual machine’s policy file as the last trusted timestamp. An expired virtual machine will automatically suspend and will not restart without administrator intervention.

Virtual Machine Cross Compatibility

Workstation 12 Pro provides compatibility across the VMware product portfolio and across different platforms. With Workstation 12 Pro you can create virtual machines that can run across the VMware product portfolio or create restricted virtual machines that can be used in Horizon FLEX, Fusion Pro, and Workstation Player.

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Feb 26

VMware Workstation Pro

Leading Edge PC Virtualization

VMware Workstation Pro transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation Pro takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.

State of the Art Desktop Virtualization for Windows and Linux

VMware Workstation Pro takes advantage of the latest hardware to replicate server, desktop and tablet environments in a virtual machine. Run applications on a breadth of operating systems including Linux, Windows and more at the same time on the same PC without rebooting. VMware Workstation Pro makes it really easy to evaluate new operating systems like Windows 10, test software applications and patches, and reference architectures in an isolated and safe environment. No other desktop virtualization software offers the performance, reliability and cutting edge features of Workstation Pro.

Create Powerful Virtual Machines

With the ability to allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory, and graphics memory to each virtual machine, Workstation Pro maximizes your computer’s resources to run the most demanding applications in a virtual environment. Workstation Pro even lets you run virtual ESXi hosts and vSphere appliances, letting you create an entire Software Defined Data Center right on your desktop.

From the PC to the Cloud

Seamlessly access all the virtual machines you need, regardless of where they reside, from the PC to the cloud. Simply drag and drop to move your virtual machines from your PC to the private cloud with VMware vSphere or the public cloud with vCloud Air. By leveraging the hybrid cloud you are no longer constrained by the power of your PC and can quickly migrate and scale your workloads to the cloud while reducing complexity and maintaining compatibility.

Take Control of Your Virtual Machines

Workstation Pro gives technical professionals powerful controls over how to set up and interact with virtual machines. Choose from a wide variety of options for installing, protecting, connecting, sharing and viewing virtual machines to save valuable time. You can even create virtual machines that are encrypted, require a change of password and expire at a predefined date and time. Use the virtual network editor to build up to 20 custom virtual networks for connected multi-tier applications. Leverage the Snapshot feature to preserve the state of a virtual machine so you can return to it at any time.

Share Your Virtual Machines

Sharing a virtual machine is the quickest way to share and test applications with your team in a more production like environment. Run VMware Workstation Pro as a server to share a repository of pre-loaded virtual machines in every desired configuration with your teammates, department or organization. VMware Workstation Pro provides enterprise caliber control over user access when sharing virtual machines.

VMware Workstation Pro is Designed For

Software Developers

Software developers rely on Workstation Pro integration with Visual Studio, Eclipse and other tool suites to streamline the development and debugging of their applications in multiple operating systems and environments. Developers can replicate a production web or hybrid cloud environment right on their PC.

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance teams use Workstation Pro to efficiently and economically test applications on a complex matrix of operating systems, application platforms and browsers—all while doing away with repetitive configuration tasks.

IT Professionals

VMware Workstation Pro allows IT professionals to safely test patch deployments, system upgrades and migrations in isolated sandbox environments on a single PC. Quickly recreate, capture and troubleshoot customer issues in a virtual environment. Experiment by running multiple operating systems and applications, or run enterprise-focused hypervisors like ESXi as virtual machines to build a personal lab while preparing for VMware Certification tests (i.e. VCP).

Technical Sales Professionals

Systems engineers and other technical sales professionals love Workstation Pro because it gives them the power to demonstrate complex multi-tier applications with ease. Workstation Pro can simulate an entire virtual network environment—including clients, servers and database virtual machines—all on a single PC.

Teachers and Trainers

Trainers use VMware Workstation Pro to create virtual machines for students that contain all the lessons, applications and tools required for the course. At the end of each class, VMware Workstation Pro can automatically revert the virtual machines back to their original state.

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Dec 03

VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro Now Available WorldWide!

We’re pleased and excited to announce the worldwide General Availability of VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Pro.
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VMware Workstation 11

VMware Workstation™ 11 continues VMware’s tradition of delivering leading edge features and performance that technical professionals rely on every day when working with virtual machines. With support for the latest version of Windows and Linux, the latest processors and hardware, and the ability to connect to VMware vCloud Air, it’s the perfect tool to increase productivity, save time and conquer the cloud.

Key Features Include:

  • Unmatched OS Support

    – VMware Workstation delivers unsurpassed platform compatibility for hundreds of operating systems. Workstation 11 fully supports the latest Microsoft operating systems, from the Windows 8.1 update for the desktop to Windows 2012 R2 for the server. For organizations and technical users that run the latest Linux distribution, Workstation 11 supports Ubuntu 14.10, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, OpenSUSE 13.2 and many more.

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  • Ready for Windows 10 Technical Preview

    – Workstation makes it really easy to evaluate new operating systems, test software applications and patches, and reference architectures in an isolated and safe virtual environment. Leverage Workstation’s Snapshot feature to preserves the state of a virtual machine so you can return to a known good state or prior preview build at any time.

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  • State of the Art Performance

    – VMware Workstation supports the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including the new Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance. Taking advantage of key new Haswell extensions, the solution also delivers up to 45 percent improvement in CPU intensive operations like multimedia and encryption/decryption compared to Workstation 10.

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  • Powerful Virtual Machines and Graphics

    – Create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, 64 GB memory, and now 2GB video memory. Graphics-intensive applications can now be given an additional boost by allocating up to 2 GB of video memory per virtual machine.
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  • Connection to VMware vCloud Air

    – Connect to VMware vCloud Air to extend and scale virtual machines on a public cloud. Developers can easily connect to VMware vCloud Air and upload, run, and view virtual machines right from the Workstation interface to easily collaborate with remote team members and scale through a public cloud.

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    Read the VMware Workstation 11 Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

VMware Player 7 Pro

VMware Player 7 Pro™ is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs multiple operatin systems on the same computer without rebooting. With its simple user interface, unmatched operating system support and portability, it’s now easier than ever for IT professionals to get their users up and running with a corporate desktop. Player 7 Pro is licensed for commercial use and is enabled to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation 11 and Fusion® Pro 7.
Key Features Include:

Enhanced Operating System Compatibility – VMware Player 7 Pro will run on the latest release of Windows including Windows 8.1 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 Player 7 Pro will be optimized to run on today’s modern hardware including the latest PC laptops and high-resolution tablets.
Updated VMware Compatibility – VMware Player 7 Pro will be able to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation 11 or VMware Fusion 7 Pro. Restricted virtual machines secure corporate desktops with encryption, runtime password protection, USB access restriction, isolation between the host and guest OS, and time limitation.

Read the VMware Player 7 Pro 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 11 and Player 7 Pro require 64 bit processor and 64 bit host operating systems for advanced computing and enhanced performance.

Availability and Pricing

VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Pro are available immediately for purchase and download from http://www.vmware.com for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively.

Upgrades from VMware Workstation 9.x and 10.x to Workstation 11 are priced at $149.99 and upgrades from VMware Player 6 Plus to VMware Player 7 Pro are priced at $79.99. VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro are also available via VMware channel partners.

Customers who purchased VMware Workstation 10 and VMware Player 6 Plus between October 2014 and December 2014 will receive a free electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Pro respectively. For more details, visit the Workstation 11 upgrade page and the Player 7 Pro upgrade page.

We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro as much as we enjoyed creating it.

– The VMware Workstation Team

Rating: 5/5


Dec 03

VMware Workstation 11.0 Release Notes

VMware Workstation 11.0 | 01 December 2014

Last updated: 01 DEC 2014

Check for additions and updates to these release notes

VMware Workstation allows technical professionals to develop, test, demonstrate, and deploy software by running multiple x86-based Windows, Linux, and other operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

You can replicate server, desktop, and tablet environments in a virtual machine and allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory and graphics memory to each virtual machine, whether the VM resides on a personal PC or on a private enterprise cloud.

These release notes include the following topics.

What’s New
Known Issues

What’s New

  • New Operating System Support

    Support has been added for the following guest operating systems:
    Windows 8.1 Update
    Windows Server 2012 R2
    Windows 10 Technical Preview (Experimental support)
    Ubuntu 14.10
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
    CentOS 7
    OpenSUSE 13.2
    SUSE Linux Enterprise 12

  • VMware Hardware Version 11

    Hardware versions introduce new virtual hardware functionality and new features while enabling VMware to run legacy operating systems in virtual machines. New features included in this hardware version:
    New CPU enablement, including Intel Haswell microarchitecture extension support.

    Workstation 11 is optimized to take advantage of new Haswell extensions, delivering up to 45% improvement in CPU-intensive operations like multimedia, encryption/decryption, and other strenuous performance tests.
    Updated xHCI controller
    Updated NDIS drive

  • Unity improvements for Windows 8.1 virtual machines

  • Allocate up to 2GB video memory to a virtual machine

  • Improvements for high DPI displays

    Workstation 11 has been optimized to support higher resolution displays such as the new QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets.

  • Integration with VMware vCloud Air virtual private cloud

    You can now extend and scale your virtual machines in the external cloud by connecting to vCloud Air and uploading, running, and viewing virtual machines from the Workstation 11 interface.

  • Boot virtual machines with EFI support

  • Create desktop shortcuts for virtual machines

Known Issues

  • 3D rendering is not available in some guest operating systems if you use virtual hardware version 11.

    If you upgrade a virtual machine from virtual hardware version 10 to 11, you might loose 3D functionality in the virtual machine.

    Workaround: For Windows guest operating systems, upgrade VMware Tools to the latest version, which is included with Workstation 11. For Linux guests, only the following distributions are currently supported for virtual hardware version 11:
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and above
    Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS and above
    Fedora 20 with latest updates and above

    For other Linux distributions and versions, if you plan to use 3D functionality, downgrade the virtual hardware version to 10.

  • Virtual machines that you upload to vCloud Air cannot access the Internet.

    You must use the VMware vCloud Air portal to configure outbound Internet connectivity.

    Workaround: Follow the instructions in the Knowledge Base article Allowing outbound Internet connectivity to a virtual machine within VMware vCloud Air (2053464)

  • Using certain Microsoft Office 2013 applications in a Windows 7 or later guest operating system can cause the guest to crash or the Workstation UI to become unresponsive.

    For example, if you use Outlook 2013 to compose and read email, after a while, the guest might crash, or after you use Word 2013 for a while, the Workstation UI might stop responding.

    Workaround: Turn off the 3D acceleration feature. From the menu bar, select VM > Settings > Display, and deselect “Accelerate 3D Graphics.”

  • Using a USB headset with a Windows 8 or later guest operating system does not work.

    Because most USB headsets expect a USB 2.0 controller, whereas Windows 8 and later guest operating systems use a USB 3.0 controller by default, you will not be able to use USB headsets with Windows 8 or later guests.

    Workaround: Change the USB controller of the guest from USB 3.0 to USB 2.0.

  • The Easy Install feature is not supported for certain guest operating systems.

    Easy Install is not supported for the following guest operating systems:

    Windows 10 Technical Preview
    OpenSUSE 13.2
    SUSE Linux Enterprise 12
    Fedora 21 Beta

    Workaround: Install the guest operating system and VMware Tools manually.

  • Using the Easy Install feature with a virtual machine that uses EFI will fail if the disk size is larger than 2TB

    If you attempt to select a hard disk larger than 2TB, you see the following error message: “The specified virtual disk size is incompatible with Easy Install and may prevent the guest from booting properly. The disk must be smaller than 2 TB to use Easy Install.”

    Workarounds: Either choose a hard disk whose size is equal to or smaller than 2TB, or install the guest operating system manually.

  • Uninstalling Workstation from a Linux host and removing the configuration can prevent a shared virtual machine from being opened again.

    If you are sharing virtual machines and then uninstall Workstation from a Linux host, remove the configuration, and then reinstall Workstation, you get an error message when you attempt to open a shared virtual machine.

    Workaround: Stop sharing any virtual machines before you uninstall Workstation from a Linux host.

  • Shutting down a virtual machine on a host running Windows 10 Tech Preview can cause a blue screen.

    If you have Workstation installed on a host that runs Windows 10 Tech Preview, occasionally when you shut down the guest operating system in a virtual machine, the host computer might restart unexpectedly. In this case, you see the following error code on a blue screen: DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION. This issue can sometimes also occur with power-off and suspend operations.

    Workaround: If a newer build of Windows 10 Tech Preview is available, try updating to the newest version.

  • The fusemount feature works only if the fuse module is installed.

    If you have a virtual machine with an operating system that does not have the fuse module installed, such as CentOS, you might get an error when you select “VM > Settings > Hardware > Hard Disk” and select “Mount Disk” from the Utilities drop-down list. The error message says, “The VMware fuse daemon failed to start.”

    Workaround: Install the fuse module in the host operating system.