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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

PlayerPro is one amazing hypervisor

Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

If you’re looking at the ones from VMware (Workstation, Player Pro, Fusion Pro & Fusion) 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 Linux on your Windows, Windows on your Windows, or just about anything else you can think 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. Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
  2. Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
  3. Windows 7 Enterprise N
  4. Windows Vista Business
  5. Windows XP SP2
  6. Windows 2000 SP2
  7. Windows 98
  8. Windows 95
  9. Windows NT 4 SP6
  10. Windows 3.1
  11. OS/X 10.11 El Capitan
  12. OS/X 10.10 Yosemite
  13. OS/X 10.9 Mavericks
  14. OS/X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  15. OS/X 10.7 Lion
  16. OS/X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server
  17. OS/X 10.5 Leopard Server
  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.

Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping


Horizon FLEX 1.5

Horizon FLEX 1.5

Andy here again.  I’m delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We’ve got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit that connects the two!

Sorry, I’ll try and be serious, this is after all a very big deal. It’s been just 6 months since we shipped Horizon FLEX 1.0, and less than 3 months since we shipped 1.1. This release adds many of the features you requested.

  • The ability to remotely wipe a VM from a host machine
  • Granular control over USB devices
  • Policy control over a common file system between the host and client
  • More lenient user controls over RAM and CPU allocation
  • Greater integration with Active Directory for encryption / decryption
  • Limit to single instance of virtual image

We’ve even improved the way you distribute the Horizon FLEX Clients, and added the ability to make a desktop shortcut for your virtual image. Your users are going to love this.

Watch the introductory video below to learn more.

To access the software, just sign in to your account and download it from either support or from the store.

Thank you.

Horizon FLEX: giving users the desktop they need

It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement!

Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: just over 90 seconds after you skip all the fancy bumpers we put at the front and back of it.

To recap, in part one I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX compatible image. In part two, I showed you how to define acceptable use policy for groups of people. In today’s lesson, we’re going to take everything we’ve learned so far, sprinkle it with AD groups and build entitlements.

Entitlements are just the fancy way of saying that the people in accounting get access to a different image than the one you give the sales people, and those differing images can operate under different acceptable use polices.

The next section on the Horizon FLEX administrator’s console shows all the VM’s that are in use, what policies are being enforced, and even gives you the ability to tweak the settings for a specific user.

Machines in use

Machines in use

Bonus point! If you’re using VMware Mirage to manage your virtual images (and you really should) that information appears in the console too. Fantastic.

Next time, I think I might show you sometime I call my Russian Doll demo. It showcases why more people use VMware hypervisors than any other. It’s truly mind blowing.

Thanks and if you’d like to know more, or to download a free trial of Horizon FLEX, please click here.

VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Update Now Available

A new update is now available for VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro. The new update includes bug fixes for Workstation 11 and Player 7.

VMware Workstation 11.1.2

  • VMware Workstation 11.1.2 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Workstation 11.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

VMware Player Pro 7.1.2

  • VMware Player 7.1.2 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Player 7.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

How to get the updates

VMware Workstation 11 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 7 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 11 includes a copy of VMware Player 7 for commercial use.  If you have VMware Workstation 11 you do not need to download VMware Player 7 separately since it is included in the VMware Workstation 11 download.

Many thanks to the Workstation 11 and Player 7 customers reporting these issues to Workstation Customer Support team and discussing them on the VMware Workstation Community.

Horizon FLEX: powerful policy controls

Hello again, Andy here.

Last time I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX image for mass sharing. This time, I’m going to show you the simple steps needed to ensure that image is securely used.

You’ll be happy to note that there’s significantly less of my shiny red face in this video.

The video concentrates on server controlled dynamic policies. At the time of writing there’s over half a dozen of them, but a customer was quick to correct me when I shared the video, saying  ‘we enforce over 50 policies with FLEX ‘. He is right of course, there are lots of policy decisions you burn into the image at creation time.

The full list of FLEX polices is huge and varies depending upon the client hypervisor (in other words, your mileage may vary). Using a combination of fixed image and dynamic server policy an administrator can specify over 70 distinct control points.


  • Specify VM memory allocation
  • Specify number of processors assigned to VM
  • Specify number of cores per processor assigned to VM
  • Specify the type of virtualization engine used
    • Automatic, binary, VT-x, AMD-V, VT-x/EPT, AMD-V/RVI
  • Enable / disable acceleration for binary translation
  • Virtualize CPU performance counters
  • Specify process priorities
  • Disable memory page trimming


  • Map virtual disk to local volume
  • Add virtual hard disk
    • IDE, SCSI, SATA (independent, persistent, non-persistent)
    • New, existing, physical
  • Add virtual CD/DVD
    • ISO, physical (SATA, SCSI, IDE, legacy emulation)
  • Add floppy drive
    • Image, physical
  • Connect CD/DVD at power-on
  • Share local folders with VM
  • Map local folders as network drive
  • Share local folders as read only


  • Connect network at power-on
  • Create bridge directly to physical network
    • Initially set by admin, user can edit
  • Share host IP address
  • Create private network to host
  • Create custom virtual network
  • Attach to specific LAN segment
  • Custom throttle incoming network traffic
  • Emulate incoming pipe size
    • Modem (28.8Kbps, 56Kbps)
    • ISDN (64Kbps, 128Kbps)
    • Leased line (192Kbps, 1.544Mbps, 45Mbps)
    • Cable (4Mbps, 10Mbps, 100Mbps)
  • Enable VNC access


  • Turn USB support on or off
    • Except for keyboard and mouse
  • Specify USB supported level
    • 1.0, 2.0, 3.0
  • Automatically connect new USB devices
  • Add specific USB controller
  • Share Bluetooth devices with VM
  • Connect soundcard on power-on
  • Specify host sound card to use
  • Connect printer at power on
  • Auto-map host printers to VM
  • Add specific printer
  • Hardware accelerate 3D graphics
  • Use host settings for monitor
    • Initially set by admin, user can edit
  • Specify number of monitors to use
    • To a maximum of 10
  • Specify screen resolution
  • Use Retina Mode (mac only)
  • Specify graphics card memory allocated to VM
  • Use enhanced virtual keyboard
  • Share battery info with VM
  • Synchronize guest time with host
  • Specify hardware compatibility level
  • Add parallel port
    • Physical, file
  • Add serial port
    • Physical, file, pipe
  • Add generic SCSI device

User Experience           

  • Go full screen on power on
    • Initially set by admin, user can edit
  • Close application after powering off VM
  • Enable drag & drop between host and VM
  • Enable shared clipboard (cut & paste)
  • Show borders in Unity mode
  • Show badges in Unity mode
  • Add custom colored borders in Unity mode
  • Enable direct access to applications
  • Auto-update embedded VMware Tools
    • Manual, auto, global

Recovery & Protection

  • Revert to snapshot on power-off
  • Auto-create snapshot on power-off
  • Auto-create snapshots
    • Daily, hourly, every 30 mins
  • Specify number of snapshot generations to keep
  • Force local encryption password reset
  • Specify VM expiration date
  • Display custom message for expired VM’s
  • Display custom message for soon expiring VM’s
  • Specify policy server contact frequency
  • Specify policy server contact grace period
  • Remote kill of local VM

Next time, I’ll show you how to easily combine AD, images and policy to give your users the desktop you want them to have.

Thanks and if you’d like to know more, or to download a free trial of Horizon FLEX, please click here.