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Every Day Is Thanksgiving

Yes, I know that’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’s happening on our community forums, and what people are asking us in our inboxes.

Some days it’s all good news, others it bad. Often it’s a mixture, but every day we’re grateful that you’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’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’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

Black Friday sale is now live!

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It’s that time of year again! Our biggest sale of the year is now live on store.vmware.com!

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VMware Workstation target at the PwnFest hacking competition

VMware Workstation is among the targets of the PwnFest hacking competition. At this event, which is organized along the Power of Community security conference in Seoul, security researchers are demonstrating their attack capabilities. The event is modeled after the well-known Pwn2Own competition.

Earlier today at the event, the 360 Marvel Team and security researcher Lokihardt (JungHoon Lee) used the same issue to demonstrate that they could execute code on the VMware Workstation host from the guest. We have received details on this issue directly from the researchers and we are now working on a solution. We have confirmed that the issue is limited to VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion and that ESXi is not affected.

We would like to thank the organizers of the event, the 360 Marvel Team, and Lokihardt for working with us to address the issue.

November 13 update
Today, we’ve published VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0019 which documents the release of VMware Workstation 12.5.2 and VMware Fusion 8.5.2. These new Workstation and Fusion versions address the issue that was demonstrated at the PwnFest event. The issue has been assigned CVE identifier CVE-2016-7461.

– VMware Security Response Center and VMware Workstation Team

VMware Workstation for Businesses

Did you know that VMware Workstation Pro makes it easy to manage a fleet of “Bring Your Own Device” users?

By managing local desktop virtualization endpoints and users with VMware Horizon FLEX, businesses have more control than ever before. Use Workstation Pro to create your ‘Gold Master’ templates and then share those with end users to run using Workstation Player. The templates can be restricted and even encrypted, and managed from the central Horizon FLEX console.

Even when used un-namaged, Workstation Pro and Workstation Player allows BYOD PC’s to live in the enterprise like never before. Users can run the corporate desktop, complete with custom windows-only applications developed in-house, right from their personal Windows or Linux PC.

Want to learn more? Check out our video and then come visit our VMware Workstation and Horizon FLEX product pages!

 

VMware Workstation for Developers

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

Learn more in this new video!

Workstation 12.5 Pro and Player now available!

Start your upgrade engines!

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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

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 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!

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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.