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Did you know that VMware Workstation is a key tool when developing and testing applications?

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Workstation 12.5 Pro and Player now available!

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 greater are now eligible for upgrade pricing!

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

Workstation Pro


Workstation Player


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 from Microsoft, and is ready 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 Notes for Workstation Pro and the Release Notes for Workstation Player for 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:


Workstation 12.5 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 2 updates to the Workstation product family: Workstation 12.5 Pro and Workstation 12.5 Player, and the big surprise is this: It’s a free upgrade for all current-version customers.  So, if you’re on Workstation 12.5, you’re going to be able to upgrade to the latest version with full support for Windows 10 Anniversary edition, for free. We’ll also be adding Windows 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 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 Workstation 7. So, if you have an old Workstation license 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 Pro which you can read more about here.

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

Oculus Rift headsets

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.

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Meet the Workstation & Fusion Teams!

One of our signs at our Palo Alto campus

The Workstation and Fusion teams are having a very busy year. Since we shipped Workstation 12 and Fusion 8 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. Added to 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 the 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, VMware’s Andy Morris can be seen on the very right in the middle of some intense conversation with our eStore team director, Michael B.

More sober and back in the office, it occurred to us that more people might like to meet the team too. The management team is boring, that’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!

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 photo is about half of 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

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 folks have the incredibly difficult task of turning what is basically just cool tech, in to 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!

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, Workstation and Fusion 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.


VMware Workstation 11.1.4 and Player 7.1.4 Now Available

Maintaining our previous stable code branches is important to us too, so hot off the heels of our recent Workstation Pro 12.1.1 release,  we have released updates to VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7, bringing us to versions 11.1.4 and 7.1.4 respectively.

This release includes some fixes around Linux Weyland, minor bug fixes

Link to Release Notes:

Download from here, or via the auto-update feature within the products:

One thing to note is a known issue with Ubuntu 16.04 32-bit guests:

  • After you install an Ubuntu 16.04 32-bit guest, the system becomes unresponsive
    When you install an Ubuntu 16.04 32-bit guest operating system, the system stops responding as the display switches to a black screen at the end of the installation process.

    • Workaround: Restart the Ubuntu 16.04 32-bit guest from Workstation Console. The guest will then work normally.

Workstation 12.1.1 Pro and Player Available Now!

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 a NAT and DNS bug that affected users who were doing port forwarding or trying to use Hashicorp’s Vagrant plugin 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 directly from the trial download page.

From the 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.



VMware Workstation and GNS3: The Great Topology Challenge!

Our good friends at GNS3 are running a really awesome contest for the month of March!

“Build the biggest, boldest topology in GNS3 that you can. With the new release of v1.4.x, the ability to build big and bold topologies has never been easier. Leverage the new Local GNS3 VM to help build your topology.  At the end of the month, we will select 5 winning topologies that represent the best of what the GNS3 software is capable of doing.

New to GNS3? No worries! We will also be randomly selecting 5 contestants who will be receiving a prize. So submit whatever topology you can and join in the challenge!

10 Copies of VMware Workstation Pro ($250 each) or VMware Fusion ($75 each) – winner gets to choose what they would like. 5 Top contestants will get a copy as well as 5 randomly selected contestants.”

Simple! Build a gigantic topology with GNS3 for a chance to win one of 10 copies of Fusion 8 Pro or Workstation 12 Pro! And it’s a great contest with chances to win for both seasoned GNS3 users as well as new users to the platform.

GNS3 works best with VMware Workstation 12 Pro and VMware Fusion 8 Pro, the recommended virtualization solutions, and GNS3 users can now take 20% off the sticker price of Fusion 8 or Workstation 12 Pro!

What is GNS3 you may ask?

VMware Workstation Pro has been the ‘swiss army knife’ for IT admins for the past 15+ years, and while Workstation has been long regarded as the IT Admin’s tool of choice, it’s increasingly becoming the same for Network Engineers and ADmin as well.

Combining GNS3 and VMware gives that swiss army knife to Network Engineers in a very meaningful way.

From their site, GNS3 is a tool to:

Build, Design and Test your network in a risk-free virtual environment and access the largest networking community to help. Whether you are studying for your first networking exam or building out a state-wide telecommunications network, GNS3 offers an easy way to design and build networks of any size without the need for hardware. And the best part is it’s free!



So get out there and go build a gigantic topology with GNS3 and win your copy of VMware Workstation 12 Pro or VMware Fusion 8 Pro!

VMware Workstation 12.1 Available Now

Today we’ve released updates to both Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player, bringing the latest version to 12.1 (not to be confused with 12.0.1 released a few months ago)

A large number of bug fixes have made their way into this release, including the following:

  • Fixes an issues with the Easy Install process misinterpreting Windows 10 Version 1511 ISO images as Windows server 2012 R2 images
  • Fixed an issue with Microsoft Excel responding to input with a one-second delay
  • Resolved an issue resuming a virtual machine that was suspended with the vmware-kvm.exe command, causing the desktop of the virtual machine to freeze
  • Fixed a bug when you issue the vmrun command with the nogui option on VMware Workstation 12 Player, which is bundled with Workstation 12 Pro. The command no longer fails
  • Resolved an issue when on an OpenSuse 13.2 host, dragging a virtual machine to a folder in the virtual machine library fails
  • Fixed an issue when a USB Attached SCSI (UAS) device connected to a USB 3.0 port on a Windows 7 or later host might fail to successfully connect to the guest
  • Fixed an issue A newly added network adapter uses an unintended network device type, potentially preventing the use of the network device

Full Release Notes

Direct Download Links (links to Trial page containing the Windows and Linux downloads which can be installed over top an existing v12 installation without re-licensing.  Downloads can also be found in your My.VMware.com portal)

Black Friday Sale: The doors are now open!


It’s that time of year again! The time where we put together the biggest deals on our most popular products in our eStore!

Between now and November 29th, 2015 at 08:59pm Pacific Time, take advantage of huge savings on both New and Upgrade orders, with 40% off VMware Workstation 12 Pro! 

New this year is a bundle discount! Got a Mac and a PC? Buy both Fusion 8 Pro and Workstation 12 Pro together and take 50% off!


Upgrade to the latest and most powerful PC Desktop Virtualization solution today and learn why there is no substitute for VMware Workstation.

With powerful DirectX 10 Enhanced Graphics Engine, the broadest OS support including Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04, and more features for interacting with remote vSphere environments, it’s no wonder why Workstation stands alone.

So before you fill up on turkey and stuffing, upgrade your copy of Workstation with the best discount of the year. Go ahead, you’ve earned it!

Time is running out! Save Now!