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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!

Workstation Pro and Workstation Player updates released

Updates to VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player are now available

All users on Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player users will receive a notification that a free update to version 12.0.1 is available through the app.

The update is mainly focused on minor bug fixes, with an important update for users deploying Windows Server 2016 using Easy Install.  The release also resolves an issue with debug mode enabled on hosts with Intel Skylake processors.

For everyone’s convenience, here are the direct download links for the Windows and Linux versions:

Direct Download — Windows

Direct Download — Linux

And here are links to the release notes:

Workstation 12 Pro – 12.0.1 Version Release Notes

Workstation 12 Player – Version 12.0.1 Release Notes

VMware Workstation 12 Now Available Worldwide!

We’re pleased and excited to announce the worldwide General Availability of VMware Workstation 12 Pro & VMware Workstation 12 Player.

VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player

VMware Workstation 12 Pro

With support for the brand new release of Windows 10 and the latest Linux distribution, VMware Workstation 12 Pro transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

Key New Features in Workstation 12 Pro Include:

  • Built for Windows 10 and More – VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables IT professionals and developers to test and develop for Windows 10 with their existing Windows or Linux PC. Users can take advantage of the latest features in Windows 10 like Cortana, the personal digital assistant and the inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or begin building universal applications for Windows 10 devices

Workstation 12 Pro Win 10 VM - Suface Pro 3 - Cortana and Edge Inking Test

  • Enhanced Graphics Engine – With support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables and expands the type of 3-D graphics applications that can run inside a virtual machine.


  • Improved Performance – VMware Workstation 12 Pro offers performance improvements that enhance productivity and the user experience. With performance improvements of up to 3x when suspending or resuming encrypted virtual machines, up to 36 percent faster 3-D graphics, and improved echo and noise cancelation when using Skype and Lync VoIP calls within a VM – highly demanding applications can be faster and more efficient than ever before.
  • Ready for the Latest PCs and Tablets – VMware 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 users with a crisp and detailed experience. Workstation 12 Pro also benefits from improvements in handling mixed environments between standard resolution PCs and 4K displays.
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ Incentive Program – To help users get familiar with the benefits of cloud computing, VMware Workstation 12 Pro customers are eligible to receive $600 in vCloud Air service credit to use for up to 6 months – twice the standard VMware vCloud Air sign-up offer.

In addition, Workstation 12 Pro includes many other great enhancements including: Auto suspend virtual machines upon host shutdown, Tear away tabs, Improved vCloud Air Integration (Workstation Pro on Windows only), Power operation on remote virtual machines (Now 1 step process), Support IPv6 NAT network, Added NAT network configuration in Virtual Network Editor on Linux hosts, Echo cancellation for voice and video call with Microsoft Lync and Skype, Added USB 3.0 support to Windows 7 virtual machine, New standard installer, and Respect left-handed mouse setting on Windows host.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Pro Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

VMware Workstation 12 Player

VMware Workstation 12 Player™ (formerly known as VMware Player Pro) is a streamlined offering of VMware Workstation 12 Pro that is ready for Windows 10, offers enhanced 3-D graphics support and improved virtual machine performance. With its intuitive interface and easy setup, VMware Workstation 12 Player is another option for IT professionals to deliver a corporate virtual desktop to employees, contractors or customers.

  • Enhanced Operating System Compatibility – VMware 12 Player will run on the latest release of Windows including Windows 10 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 12 Player will be optimized to run on today’s modern hardware including the latest PC laptops and high-resolution tablets including 4K displays.
  • Updated VMware Compatibility – VMware Workstation 12 Player will be able to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation 12 Pro or VMware Fusion 8 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.

So why the name change from VMware Player Pro to Workstation Player?  Player is an integral part of the Workstation product, so we chose to rebrand it with the goal of having one brand to represent Windows and Linux desktop virtualization as opposed to two (Workstation & Player). Workstation Player becomes an edition of the Workstation family with lesser capability and a simpler interface than its big brother Workstation Pro. This change streamlines our brands and makes it easier for our customers to understand better what we sell: the Workstation brand for desktop virtualization on Windows and Linux PCs, the Fusion brand for desktop virtualization on Macs.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Player 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 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player require 64 bit processor and 64 bit host operating systems for advanced computing and enhanced performance.

Availability and Pricing

VMware Workstation 12 Pro and VMware Workstation 12 Player are available for purchase immediately for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively.

VMware Workstation 10 and 11 customers can upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 Pro for $149.99. VMware Player 6 Plus and Player 7 Pro customers can upgrade to Workstation 12 Player for $79.99.

Customers who purchased VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Plus between July 29, 2015 and September 30, 2015 will receive a free electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 and VMware Workstation 12 Player respectively. For more details, visit the upgrade page.


We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player as much as we enjoyed creating it.

– The VMware Workstation Team

Discover Windows 10 on your Windows or Linux PC today using VMware Workstation 11 with 10% off and a FREE upgrade to VMware Workstation 12

Microsoft Windows 10 is Here!

Microsoft delivered exciting news today with its latest Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 merges the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and represents a major leap forward from the past. The biggest change from prior Microsoft operating system launches was Microsoft enabled millions of people try out the technical preview early in the development phases and provide feedback to help shape and make Windows 10 the best Windows product.

Thanks to VMware Workstation 11, Windows and Linux users can run, evaluate, and test Windows 10 in a virtual machine. Whether you’re upgrading an existing Windows 7 or 8 virtual machine, or installing from scratch for that fresh, new-operating-system experience, VMware Workstation 11 lets you discover all of the latest features that Windows 10 has to offer, right from the comfort of your PC.

To celebrate the Microsoft Windows 10 release, we’re giving an extra 10% discount and a free upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 for anyone that buys or upgrades to VMware Workstation 11 from today onwards!


Workstation 11 - Windows 10 VM


Take 10% off today when you buy or upgrade to the current release of Workstation 11 and automatically receive a FREE upgrade to Workstation 12 once they release later this summer.

WS11 to WS12 Free Upgrade Buy Now

We’re really excited about our next major releases, and have been hard at work putting the finishing polishes on the next big version of Workstation with 40 new features!

Buy or Upgrade to Workstation 11 Now!

VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2015

The VMware Workstation team is happy to announce public access to the VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2015 build 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 Tech Preview 2015


We would appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • New OS Support including Windows 10 Insider Preview
  • DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 Support
  • Performance Improvements for encrypted VM Suspend, Resume, and Snapshot
  • IPv6 NAT Support
  • High DPI Display Support
  • Tear Away Tabs

The VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2015 is available to Download HERE via our VMware Workstation Community. More details on the Workstation 2015 Technology Preview can be found in the What’s New Document HERE.

We really appreciate your help in testing this software. Please post all of your feedback in the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2015 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