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VMware Fusion: Mac Virtualization for Everyone

Hi everyone!

Most Mac users know about VMware Fusion and how it’s the best way to run Windows on your Mac… BUT… did you know it’s also the tool of choice for IT, Developers and Businesses looking to get the most out of their hardware investment, or embrace a BYOD culture?

Well if you didn’t, consider this an introduction to how people use Fusion for things OTHER than home users running Windows on the Mac.

Check out our new video below!

 

 

Fusion 8.5 Released and Available Now!

Lots of stuff in this announcement, so read on!

Fusion 8.5 Now Available!

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Start your upgrade engines, Fusion 8.5 is here!

We’re very proud of our team for achieving this milestone release, which is available as a free update for Fusion 8 customers!

New features include:

  • Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Guests
  • Support for macOS Sierra Host and Guest
  • Ready for Windows Server 2016
  • Tabbed View Support
  • Siri Support
  • Bug Fixes
  • Free for 8.0 Customers!

Grab the bits here: vmware.com/go/getfusion or use the built-in Software Update feature.

We chose to make this a free release for current customers for a few reasons, but largely: “We hear from our users year on year that having to pay for something as small as a minor operating system release gets a little long in the tooth” . Theres a lot going on at VMware this year giving us an opportunity to pause and focus, (but we’re not dead!) so we extended that opportunity to our users with a free upgrade that supports the latest from Apple and Microsoft, while still managing to squeeze in support for a couple of interesting features largely with the help of Apple: Tabs and Siri.

Buy:

Upgrade:

Upgrade Pricing

We also want everyone on the current version, so we’ve extended our upgrade price eligibility going back as far as Fusion 4.0… So, if you’re on Fusion 4, 5 or 6 you can qualify for a huge discount on the price of Fusion. (Oh, and we’re also giving you an additional 15% off Fusion 8 upgrades for 2 days only, and and 33% off Fusion 8 Pro upgrades!! We must be crazy… Or we love our users… you decide!)

Virtual Reality Contest

Oh, and while we’re here, did you hear about our Virtual Reality giveaway? All you have to do is tell us in 30 seconds to a minute ‘Why you love Fusion or Workstation’ and an interesting tale that is unique to you. All the details are available here: store.vmware.com/oculus

VMworld 2016: We Love Fusion and Workstation!

We did a session at VMworld which you can check out here and spoke with some of our fans afterward, here what they have to say about Fusion and Workstation!

 

Release Notes

Full Release Notes can be found here

Bug fixes in this release include:

  • MS Office applications in Windows virtual machine would sometimes not open the attachment in the mail application on Mac. This issue is resolved.
  • After you import a Parallels 11 virtual machine into VMware Fusion, attempting to power on the virtual machine would fail with the error “Inaccessible Boot Device.”. This issue is resolved.
  • When the Full Screen Minibar was hidden at the edge of the screen, hovering the cursor over it would not make it appear. This issue is resolved.
  • Fusion could crash when you attempt to create a remote virtual machine on vCenter Server 5.5. This issue is resolved.
  • On the Ubuntu 15.10 and later versions guest OS, when you replace open-vm-tools with the VMware Tools version bundled with VMware Fusion, VMware Tools may not work as expected. After you reboot the system, an Ubuntu crash report might appear and one of the services in VMware Tools might stop working. This issue is resolved.
  • Attempts to drag and drop files between the host and a Mac OS virtual machine occasionally fail. This issue is resolved.

We will be issuing point releases to address any issues that may come up after macOS Sierra reaches General Availability later this month.

Hope you enjoy!

VMware Fusion 8.5 Announced!

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

This year we are delivering Fusion 8.5 and Fusion 8.5 Pro, and the big surprise is this: It’s a free upgrade for all current-version customers.  So, if you’re on Fusion 8.1.1, you’re going to be able to upgrade to the latest Fusion with full support for macOS Sierra and Windows 10 Anniversary edition, for free. We’ll also be adding Windows Server 2016 support when it comes available.

The release includes support for some interesting macOS Sierra features, including Tabs and Siri support.

This is an exciting release for us because it marks the first time that we have provided a yearly update for no additional cost to current-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 latest release. Users are eligible for upgrade pricing going back to Fusion 4. So, if you have an old Fusion license and haven’t upgraded in a few years, there’s never been a better time.

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Tabs! With macOS Sierra, you can now bring all those VM’s into a single window

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Hey Siri, Open Microsoft Edge

This also marks the release of VMware Workstation 12.5 Pro and Player editions, which you can read more about here. We expect all 4 products (Fusion, Fusion Pro, Workstation Pro and Workstation Player) to release mid-September.

So if you’re still on Fusion 7 or older, you can upgrade to 8.1.1 today and know that we’ve got your back by making sure you’ll be able to run the latest and greatest from Microsoft and Apple!

We’re Giving Away 20 Oculus Rift Headsets. Want One?

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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.

Continue reading

Workaround for the NAT port forwarding issue in Fusion 8.1

We recently discovered that NAT network port forwarding doesn’t work properly in Fusion 8.1.

While the VMware Fusion team is working on a fix which will be included in the next update, here is a temporary workaround.

Steps:

  1. Download the NAT network component from https://www.vmware.com/go/dl_vmnet-natd (MD5: e347f5c8d86640af5102852c897e31cc)
  2. Replace /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-natd with the file downloaded in step 1.
  3. Restart the NAT network with the following commands:

sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli ––stop

sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli ––start

Then port forwarding for NAT network should work as normal. 

Sorry for the inconvenience! Hope this helps!

Fusion’s Future

Hi everyone,

As we’re winding down the year, planning is well underway for the next big releases of Fusion and Fusion Pro.

With me being new to the role of being responsible for the entirety of the Fusion experience, all the way from initial awareness to buying, using and getting support, I’m working on a multi-year plan of how we’re going to take Fusion into the future.

I personally think it would be wrong of me to do this without hearing from our users and the community.  I’ve always wanted to do right by our users, and I hope that giving you a forum to voice your thoughts underscores our commitment to ‘do the right thing’.

The world has been changing since Apple first brought OS X to x86, allowing us to do this amazing thing called Virtualization. But with changing times people are using Fusion for a variety of different reasons that we may not have originally thought of.

So, I’d like to use this thread as a forum to get direct feedback from you on what you think Fusion could do next.

  • Let’s hear about how you use Fusion and what else might help make that experience even better.
  • Let’s hear about what Fusion doesn’t do today that would make your lives easier.
  • Let’s hear about what Fusion does that drives you crazy!
  • Do you deploy Fusion en-masse in the office? What can we do better for this use case? (and did you know about Horizon FLEX??)
  • Do you build software using Fusion? How can we make that a more productive and joyful experience? 

Lastly, I just want to say thank you to all of our users.  It’s been a great year for us, and for me personally. I’m immensely proud of what the team here has been able to deliver over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to take things to the next level with you by our side.

Here’s a link to the community thread to continue the discussion

Happy Holidays!

-Mike

(Please note comments have been disabled on this post, please join the discussion in the VMware Communities linked above)

Fusion 8.0.2 now available

Today we have released an important update to Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, bringing our current version to 8.0.2.

All users on Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro will receive notification that a free update is available through the app, but here’s the download link in case you haven’t got the notification yet:

Direct Download

This release contains fixes in the following areas:

  • BootCamp + OS X El Capitan 
    • We have resolved multiple issues with running BootCamp as a VM in OS X El Capitan
  • Resolved crashes with fullscreen in multi-monitor setups
  • Wireshark, EtherApe, tcpdump
    • Fusion host network interfaces (vmnet1 and vmnet8) now support tools such as tcpdump, Wireshark, EtherApe, and others compatible with BPF
  • Support for Skylake processors
    • Such as the new 27″ Late 2015 iMac 5K
  • Remote VM Creation fixes
    • VM creation will now see the proper values for the Network, allowing the guest to properly obtain an IP address and connect to the network

VMware Fusion 8.0.2 Full Release Notes

All users on Fusion 8 or Fusion 8 Pro will receive notification that a free update is available.

Thinking of upgrading from version 6 or 7? Check out our online store today!

 

Fusion is one amazing hypervisor


Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

If you’re looking at the ones from VMware (Fusion Pro, Fusion, Workstation & Player Pro) then you should know that the core technology in those is not only the same, but it’s the same as in vSphere – the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and high performance data centers.

Why should you care about that? Because it means that the care and attention to detail that drives billions of seamless internet transactions every day is available to work for you should you need to run Windows on your Mac, Linux on your Windows, or just about any combination there of.

In this demo I thought I’d be crazy and see how far I could push them. While it certainly wasn’t without its scary moments, I hit no walls, encountered no unrecoverable errors, and barely even caused the iMac’s fan to spin. I’m using a combination of Fusion Pro and Player Pro.

The only reason I stopped at 25 was that it was taking too much time to build all those operating systems – I have a day job according to my boss.

Here’s the 25 nested OS’s you can see in the video running ALL AT THE SAME TIME on a late-2014 27” iMac with 32Gb RAM, 4GHz Intel i7.

  1. OS/X 10.11 El Capitan
  2. OS/X 10.10 Yosemite
  3. OS/X 10.9 Mavericks
  4. OS/X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  5. OS/X 10.7 Lion
  6. OS/X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server
  7. OS/X 10.5 Leopard Server
  8. Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
  9. Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
  10. Windows 7 Enterprise N
  11. Windows Vista Business
  12. Windows XP SP2
  13. Windows 2000 SP2
  14. Windows 98
  15. Windows 95
  16. Windows NT 4 SP6
  17. Windows 3.1
  18. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  19. Debian 8.1 (Jessie)
  20. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 7.1 (maipo)
  21. openSUSE 13.2 (harlequin)
  22. Fedora 22
  23. Zorin OS 9 (trusty)
  24. OS/2 Warp v4
  25. Android 4.4.2 (kitkat)

Clearly, if you try this yourself don’t phone support. They’ll be impressed but I doubt they help you. This was fun. I wonder what I can do next?

Thanks for watching.

Thank you Macworld

Mac World Party At WWDC 15

Mac World Party At WWDC 15

It was a great honor to be able to support the Apple Developer’s Community by sponsoring last night’s Macworld party at WWDC 15. It’s great to meet so many developers keen to build future Apple based products. And humbling to hear stories of how many of them used Fusion Pro to engineer and and test OS X on OS X using our type 2 hypervisor.

The main benefits, according the well fed and overly-served crowd, seemed to be the ability have Yosemite, Mavericks and the beta of El Capitan all running side by side on the same hardware. Pretty cool stuff.

Everyone that attended the party left with a goody-bag that included a free copy of Fusion Pro. For the rest of you, please remember that Fusion & Fusion Pro are on sale this week only. Go get ’em!

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Thanks for the invite Macworld.

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