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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.

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.

   VMware Workstation 11 Unmatched OS Support

 

  • 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.

 VMware Workstation 11 Ready for Windows 10 Technical Preview

 

  • 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.

 VMware Workstation 11 - Create Powerful Virtual Machines and Graphics

 

  • 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.

WS11 Feature Page - Leverage the Power of Vsphere and Vcloud Air

 

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 operating 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

VMware Workstation 10 and Player 6 Update Now Available

A new update is available for Workstation 10 and Player 6 to address the memory issues in Workstation 10 with the recent Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 updates as mentioned in the Workstation Zealot Blog Post.

VMware Workstation 10.0.4

  • VMware Workstation 10.0.4 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Workstation 10.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

VMware Player 6.0.4

  • VMware Player 6.0.4 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Player 6.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

How to get the updates

VMware Workstation 10 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

VMware Player 6 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Player” -> “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

PLEASE NOTE: VMware Workstation 10 includes a copy of VMware Player 6 for commercial use.  If you have VMware Workstation 10 you do not need to download VMware Player 6 separately since it is included in the VMware Workstation 10 download.

Many thanks to the Workstation 10 and Player 6 customers reporting these issues to Workstation Support and discussing them with the VMware Workstation Community.

Workstation 10 issue with recent Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update

We noticed that a recent Windows 8.1 Update (KB2995388) may cause issues when running VMware Workstation on a Windows 8.1 host with this update installed. User will see an error message “not enough physical memory” when booting up a virtual machine.

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Our team is trying our best to fix this issue with an software update if needed, in the mean time this blog post will talk about the temporary workaround.

This Windows 8.1 Update KB2995388 is labeled as an optional update, if you haven’t installed this update and you are running VMware Workstation on your Windows 8.1 host, we suggest you do not install this update yet.

If you have installed this update and you need to run VMware Workstation, you can follow the steps below to uninstall this update as a temporary solution.

Go to Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features, then select View installed updates at the top left corner.

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Scroll down the list and locate Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2995388), select it and click on the Uninstall button, and follow the steps to finish the uninstallation, then you can boot virtual machine with no error message displayed.

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We apologize for the inconvenience and currently are working on a fix to resolve the issue.

Try Windows 10 Tech Preview with VMware Workstation and Fusion

Microsoft has announced the next version of its flagship operating system Windows 10 and released a Technical Preview version on Oct. 1st 2014. Because it’s a preview version, Microsoft recommended to not install it on your primary PC in case of data loss or other problems. VMware Workstation and Fusion is an excellent choice to run Windows 10 Tech Preview from Microsoft, since it provides an isolated virtual environment.

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Due to Windows 10 Tech Preview is not officially supported by VMware Workstation 10, you may need to do some extra steps during the installation, but in general it works very smooth and definitely can help you to experience this future version of Windows from Microsoft. This blog is done with VMware Workstation, but you can do it with VMware Fusion with similar steps.

In the upcoming Workstation 11 release, Windows 10 Tech Preview support will be added and it will provide an even better experience to install, run, and use this operating system. The good news is with the announcement of VMware Workstation 11 on Oct. 1st 2014, you can now buy Workstation 10 and get Workstation 11 for free in December 2014, see here for more details.

To install Windows 10 Tech Preview, first you need to sign up for the Tech Preview program and download the ISO from http://preview.windows.com.

Launch VMware Workstation 10, from the File menu, select New Virtual Machine. In the 1st step of New Virtual Machine Wizard, select Typical Install.

In the next step of the wizard, select Installer disk image file and point to the Windows 10 Tech Preview ISO you just downloaded. Since this Tech Preview version is not supported, it can’t be detected by the wizard. Click Next to proceed.

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Here you can select the operating system, since Windows 8 has the similar Windows kernel as Windows 10 Tech Preview, let’s select it as the operating system. Make sure you select x64 or x86 according to the ISO you downloaded.

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Then follow the step to finish the wizard and kick off the installation.

After accepting the Windows 10 Tech Preview EULA, you can select to install the OS with Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

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Make sure create a new partition with the unallocated disk space (size depending on how much you assigned to the virtual machine), and select this newly created partition to install the OS.

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Follow the Windows installer instruction to begin the installation, within a few minutes, your Windows 10 Tech Preview will be ready within VMware Workstation 10.

The last step is to install VMware Tools, so you can do dynamic screen resizing, Unity mode and printing. From VM menu, select Install VMware Tools, and follow the steps to finish the installation.

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Now you have Windows 10 Tech Preview running in VMware Workstation.

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The majority of functionality works great, but there are a few issues caused by the new mini Start menu and TaskView feature, including:

  • There is a shade of the mini Start menu once enter into Unity mode
  • The TaskView rendering is not correct (workaround: using software render)
  • Bridged network connectivity

For VMware Fusion users, you can also follow these steps to install and experience Windows 10 Tech Preview on your machine with no need to worry about the risk of installing and running an early beta release, hope you enjoy it!

VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Pro Announced Today!

We’re excited to announce VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro today with general availability in December 2014.

 

VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro Announcement

VMware Workstation 11

VMware Workstation™ 11 delivers 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, VMware Workstation is the perfect tool to increase productivity, save time and leverage the cloud.

VMware Workstation 11 updates include:

  • Ready for Windows 10 Tech Preview – Run hundreds of operating systems including the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Tech Preview. Technical users can also run the latest Linux distributions including Ubuntu 14.10, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 20, Debian 7.6 and many more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Workstation 11 Home Screen Interface

 

VMware Player 7 Pro

VMware Player 7 Pro™ is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs multiple operating 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.

New System Requirements

While 32 bit operating systems are supported inside virtual machines, VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro will 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 will be available for purchase in December for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively. Upgrades from VMware Workstation 9.x and 10.x to Workstation 11 will be priced at $149.99 and upgrades from VMware Player 6 Plus to VMware Player 7 Pro will be priced at $79.99, at the time of availability.

Customers who purchase 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 upgrade page.

  • BUY Workstation 10 and get Workstation 11 for free in December.
  • UPGRADE to Workstation 10 and get Workstation 11 for free in December.

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VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014

The VMware Workstation team is providing public access to the latest VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014. This Tech Preview adds new features not included in the prior May 2014 Technology Preview in addition to general stability, application compatibility and usability improvements. The VMware Workstation Technology Preview includes changes to the core virtualization engine and new capabilities we are exploring.

VMware Workstation Tech Preview July 2014

We would appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • New OS support including the latest versions of Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL and OpenSUSE
  • VMware Hardware Version 11 including improved CPU support and upgraded USB 3.0 controller
  • Graphics memory configuration per virtual machine
  • Windows 8 Unity mode improvements
  • Create and boot virtual machine with EFI
  • Experimental performance tuning for VM suspend and resume

The VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014 is available to download HERE via our VMware Workstation Community. More details including installation instructions can be found on the What’s New page.

As with the prior Technology Preview May 2014, please post all of your feedback in the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014 community forum. Our Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Support Teams, Technical Writers, Product Marketing and Product Managers are all actively involved in the forums to ensure that your suggestions and comments get our attention.

Thank you!

The VMware Workstation Team

15 Year Anniversary Upgrade Promotion

VMware WOrkstation 15 year Anniversary Banner from Landing Page

Celebrate 15 years of VMware Workstation. Upgrade to Workstation 10 and Save 30%.

VMware Workstation was the first product launched in 1999 by VMware. As the first desktop virtualization product to enable users to run multiple operating systems and applications simultaneously, it redefined the way software developers, QA, IT professionals and other technical users thought about computing.

Over 15 years later, Workstation is the winner of more than 50 industry awards and is recognized for its broad operating system support, rich user experience, a comprehensive feature set, and high performance.

VMware Workstation Box History from Landing Page

In honor of 15 great years of VMware Workstation we are celebrating with a special upgrade promotion for Workstation 8 and 9 customers* — and for a limited time Workstation 7 customers. Upgrade to VMware Workstation 10 and get 30% off our regular upgrade price.

Here are some of the leading edge features in Workstation 10:

  • State of the Art Performance – Workstation 10 enables you to create faster, more powerful virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 64GB of memory, 8 TB disks and faster USB connections, a new vSATA controller and twice as many virtual networks.
  • The Latest Operating Systems – Take Windows 8.1 to the next level with enhanced Unity Mode support, SSD pass-through and tablet sensors. Easy Install recognizes Windows 8.1 and new Linux distributions to make it easier than ever to create virtual machines.
  • Expiring Virtual Machines – Create restricted virtual machines that can expire at a specified date and time you set. Restricted VMs are perfect for delivering software evaluations to prospective customers as expiring virtual appliances.
  • Tablet Sensors – VMware Workstation 10 includes the first-ever virtual accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and ambient light sensor to enable applications running in a virtual machine to respond when a user juggles their tablet.

With all these incredible new features, VMware Workstation 10 takes Virtualization to the next level. It’s the ideal solution for your Virtualization needs.

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Click Here to Upgrade and Save 30%!

* Hurry and save 30% off your upgrade today! Offer expires on July 25th at 11:59 PM (PT).

If you would like to see how VMware Workstation 10 compares to VMware Workstation 8 and Workstation 9, Click Here.

VMware Workstation Technology Preview May 2014

The VMware Workstation team is providing public access to the VMware Workstation Technology Preview to gather feedback from users on a wide range of hardware and software configurations. The VMware Workstation Technology Preview includes changes to the core virtualization engine and new capabilities we are exploring.

VMware Workstation Technology Preview May 2014

We would appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • New OS support including the latest versions of Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL and OpenSUSE
  • VMware Hardware Version 11 including improved CPU support and upgraded USB 3.0 controller
  • Graphics memory configuration per virtual machine
  • Windows 8 Unity mode improvements
  • Create and boot virtual machine with EFI

The VMware Workstation Technology Preview May 2014 is available to download HERE via our VMware Workstation Community.

We really appreciate your help in testing this software. Please post all of your feedback in the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014 communities forum.  Our Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Support Teams, Technical Writers, Product Marketing and Product Managers are all actively involved in the forums to ensure that your suggestions and comments get our attention.

Thank you!

The VMware Workstation Team

Survived Microsoft XP end of support for now.

Well, it has been exactly one month since Microsoft ended XP support on April 8th, and no XPocalypse yet.

Granted there have been a few recent nasty global security exploits, like Heartbleed and the recent zero day vulnerability in Microsoft IE that caused Microsoft to issue a special XP IE patch even though they stopped supporting XP on April 8th. Actually I was surprised to see the patch pop up on my XP build considering support officially ended.

XP EOL Support and IE Patch for Zero Day

Moving off of Windows XP is not easy for companies that have those critical legacy software applications or special devices still requiring them to stay on Windows XP for a little while longer. Having worked in IT and the computer hardware industry for many years, I understand making the transition from these legacy systems or applications takes extra time and resources, which IT most definitely doesn’t have.

However if you are keeping XP around a little longer for those critical applications or need extra time before you make the move, you can continue running your key Windows XP applications in a virtual environment with VMware Workstation and make the most of your Windows XP investment.

XP VM running Win 8 on Vmware Workstation

Running Windows XP in VMware Workstation as a virtual machine allows you to reduce XP vulnerabilities by isolating and controlling more of your Windows XP environment. Because virtual machines are containerized, you can turn off features like shared folders, drag-and-drop, copy-and-paste, networking, and USB access to reduce Windows XP vulnerabilities. In addition you get forward compatibility, so you can run Windows XP on modern PC hardware.

Click HERE to learn more about virtualizing Windows XP.

Celebrate Earth Day and save on VMware Workstation

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Go green—consolidate your PCs into one with VMware Workstation 10

Virtualization is a green choice because the technology allows you to run multiple virtual machines on one physical computer. Reduce hardware and energy costs by consolidating your PCs with VMware Workstation, winner of more than 50 industry awards.

Make a green choice and save up to 20% on VMware Workstation 10:

  • Buy Workstation 10 and save 20% off Regular List Price
  • Upgrade to Workstation 10 and save 20% off Regular List Price

This offer begins on April 22, 2014, at 12:01 am Pacific Time and expires on April 24, 2014, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.