VMware Fusion 1.1.2 Launches: Enhanced MacBook Air, Time Machine Support. Adds Simplified Chinese Localization.

The VMware Fusion team would like to announce the general availability of VMware Fusion 1.1.2, a free update for all VMware Fusion users.  You can download this newest version here.

VMware Fusion 1.1.2 now provides better support for the MacBook Air, enables Time Machine backup of virtual machines, adds support for Windows XP SP3 Boot Camp partitions, and is now available in Simplified Chinese.

Seamless Windows on the World’s Thinnest Notebook

VMware Fusion 1.1.2 addresses two MacBook Air-related problems. Previously, MacBook Air users would encounter a crash if a virtual CD/DVD drive was connected to the virtual machine but a CD/DVD drive was not connected to the MacBook Air. This update fixes this issue.  Also, this latest VMware Fusion update adds the ability to burn CD/DVDs with the MacBook Air’s USB Superdrive.

Take Your VM Back in Time

Prior versions of VMware Fusion automatically excluded virtual machines from Time Machine backups to avoid hitting a Mac OS X-related crash when backing up running virtual machines.

Apple has addressed this issue in Mac OS X 10.5.2 and VMware Fusion 1.1.2 enables Time Machine to back up virtual machines on Mac OS X 10.5.2 and later.

NOTE: As part of the back up process, Time Machine makes duplicate copies of all non-excluded files, as those files change.  As such, Time Machine will make a new copy of any virtual machine that has run since the last time Time Machine ran.  Because virtual machines have a tendency to be large files (just like iMovie projects, or Aperture Libraries), and might take up large amounts of space with duplicate copies on your Time Machine hard drive, you may want to consider manually excluding certain virtual machines from backup in Time Machine’s preference pane.

How do you say “virtualization” in Chinese? VMware Fusion.

VMware Fusion 1.1.2 also introduces Simplified Chinese to the list of localized languages it ships with.  VMware Fusion now ships concurrently in five languages: English, French, German, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

New Service Pack for Boot Camp

With Windows XP Service Pack 3 arriving on April 29th, VMware Fusion now supports Windows XP Service Pack 3 Boot Camp partitions when they are run as virtual machines.

Other Bugs Squished in VMware Fusion 1.1.2

  • Properly disconnect USB devices left connected to the virtual machine at shut down, making the USB devices available again to the Mac.
  • Addresses problem with wireless bridged networking in some cases not being able to obtain an IP address from the DHCP server.
  • Fixes a sound problem where only the default speaker worked in some cases.
  • Pressing the newly-introduced keys on the new slim Apple Aluminum Keyboard caused VMware Fusion to crash in certain circumstances.  This has now been fixed.
  • VMware Fusion’s keyboard shortcuts to remap common Windows commands to Mac keyboard equivalents could not be disabled previously in Full Screen or Single Window views
  • In some cases, VMware Fusion, after being upgraded to Version 1.1.1, would fail with a Signal 10 error when the user tried to use the keyboard. This problem has been fixed.

Come and Get It!

VMware Fusion 1.1.2 is a FREE update for all existing VMware Fusion customers.  For new customers, VMware Fusion retails for $79.99, and is eligible for a current $20 mail-in rebate for customers in the United States and Canada. 

Parallels Desktop or Virtual PC for Mac users qualify for a $30 competitive upgrade mail-in rebate that lowers the cost to $49.99.

More information on switching to VMware Fusion and the competitive upgrade rebate.

To download VMware Fusion 1.1.2, go to:



19 comments have been added so far

  1. Can I use a bootcamp partition to PXE boot and remote install a Vista image and then use VMWare to manage it? Finding any useful information on PXE booting Windows on a Mac has been difficult. Thanks.

  2. I came and got it but the rebate form won’t take my code and support won’t respond to my emails anymore. Here is my ticket number VM00001143. Go Team Fusion!

  3. @robd We know that these features are important to our users, and are working hard to make sure that we have the best user experience possible.
    Thanks for the suggestions.

  4. One thing I really miss from Parallel is the ability to right click and “open with an application from within the virtual machine” in the finder. This is really handy when you need to open this excel document in WinOffice because Office 2008 no longer supports macro !
    Could this change request make it soon ?

  5. I have loaded this new release of Fusion…however, my virtual machines are still not being backed-up via Time Machine.

  6. After updete only new problems with usb sticks. XP couldn´t read them and wants all sticks fomarting.
    And the mouse jumps often out of the vm session back to the mac

  7. hi. Is there anyway to change my localized simplified Chinese back to English?
    My current language is set to traditional Chinese, and got updated to simplified Chinese after 1.1.2.

  8. I install openSolaris or Solaris dev express, and it kinda works fine really. I then installthe vmware tools, and it’s all gone.
    dtlogin is no longer coming up, HGFS is not available etc etc.
    Can we expect a fix for this, or are we forced to use stock Solaris 10 (update ??)

  9. When will VMWare offer the competitive upgrade rebateoutside the US/Canada?
    Now that version 2 Beta solved the problem i had to connect a particular USB device, I’m ready to switch, but not without the competitive upgrade rebate being available to me here in Europe 🙂

  10. Hi,
    Can you please tell me how to mail Tech support before I go postal? 😉
    I bought vmware fusion from Digital river a week ago, when I try to register the site tells me its not a valid serial number, and without the product being registered I can’t get any support or even get the support email address…….. AAAAHHHHHH!
    I have a desperate VMWare Server to Fusion VM issue.

  11. It appears Time Machine backs up the entire VM each time. I would have thought it could just back up those files inside the VM wrapper that have been modifed. I am running out of disk space really quick as my VM is 74G.

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