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El Capitan now available and fully supported!


Mac users worldwide rejoiced as Apple released the public general availability of OS X 10.11 El Capitan today.  As with all major OS updates, often the question isn’t simply “Should I upgrade?”, but rather “Should I upgrade right now or wait until the first point release?”.

The community has had the time to dig into El Capitan with great reviews from Ars Technica, MacworldGizmodo, 9to5Mac and others.  The reviewers are generally saying the same thing: Upgrade today, it’s worth it.

This decision is of course going to be different for every user depending on their needs.  Folks with mission critical applications that they depend on tend to be more hesitant when risking the stability of their systems.  Other folks however can tolerate the occasional bug.

When we released VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, we announced that we would fully support El Capitan, and we’re making good on that promise.

Recently we were somewhat surprised by a late change to El Capitan that was preventing the installation of El Capitan in a virtual machine, which I wrote about on my personal blog over here.  We had a fix, but it wasn’t an ideal situation and I personally am not a fan of telling users to replace components within the Fusion application package itself.

So, we felt this was kind of a big deal, and we released a fix yesterday by way of Fusion 8.0.1 to make sure that users who want to test the latest and greatest in a virtual machine were going to have the experience they expect: It just works. Users who have 8.0 installed should be getting a push notification about the available update, and we’ll be making updates to our web downloads shortly.

VMware Fusion 8 continues to make it easy to run the latest operating systems, and with 8.0.1 you can rest assured that not only does it run great on El Capitan, but that El Capitan also runs great as a virtual machine in VMware Fusion.

Congratulations to Apple on this fantastic release!

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Michael Roy is the Product Line Manager for Desktop Hypervisor products such as VMware Fusion and Workstation.

50 thoughts on “El Capitan now available and fully supported!

  1. Ron

    Has the Unity bug found by Ars Technica and confirmed by VMWare been fixed yet?

    1. Michael Roy Post author

      Not yet, but that’s coming in the next release which will be out soon! We wanted to make sure this was addressed for the El Cap launch, and we’re just testing our fixes for the more complicated bugs.

  2. Toni

    So when will it be possible to use El Capitan Images in Workstation? 🙂

  3. Rob

    When will an updated DMG be posted for download for 8.0.1? Been doing clean installs of El Cap on a few of my systems and would prefer to install the latest and greatest VMWare, versus 8.0 and then updating to 8.0.1.

    1. Michael Roy Post author

      The dmgs on the product download pages have now been updated:

  4. Tony

    I haven’t yet got round to upgrading from Fusion 7… Before I upgrade to El Capitan, can you tell me if Fusion 7 will continue to work on it or am I required to upgrade to Fusion 8 at the same time?

    1. Michael Roy Post author

      Fusion 7 will continue to work on El Capitan.

      1. Balvant Rajani

        From what I read in this blog, transition to El Capitan and Fusion 7 (I do want to purchase Fusion 8 for now) is not always smooth, e.g., issues with USB etc. As I am not tech savvy can you please confirm if El Capitan will work with Fusion 7 ? Your response will reassure me. Thanks.

    2. Balvant Rajani

      Tony, Can you confirm if Fusion 7 continued to work with El Capitan? I have heard / read some stories with serious difficulties and I do not want to go there if I do not have to. Thanks for your help.

      1. Ajey Venkataraman

        I’m using Fusion 7 on El Capitan (which I upgraded to a couple of weeks ago) and there are some major issues. The OS on VMware runs smoothly but my El Capitan starts flickering like crazy in a few minutes. It starts slow and gets worse with time. It gets back to normal once I close the application.

  5. Rich Billig

    I upgraded to El Capitan (OS X 10.11) on a late-model MacBook Pro Retina, yesterday, and have generally been very pleased with El Capitan. However, I am having a problem with a Windows 8.1 (x64) virtual machine running under VMware Fusion 7.1.2, in particular with USB drivers. I have several development tools that I must run in the Win 8.1 environment, and they were operating just fine prior to the switchover to El Capitan. One of these USB devices is a licensing dongle for the development tool in question, but the problem is not restricted to that USB device.

    I confirm that the USB devices are attached to the VM, before starting that tool under Win 8.1, but it then complains that the USB dongle is not found. If I go up to the VMware bar, and remove the USB devices from the VM by clicking on their icons, and they appear to remove, but clicking on them a second time to reconnect gives the message ‘”Rainbow USB Superpro” is already connected to another virtual machine’.

    Is this something that would be corrected by Fusion 8? Any wisdom on this point would be appreciated.

    1. Rich Billig

      Just FYI, I have attempted to reinstall the drivers for the USB devices in question, in the Win 8.1 environment, but there was no change in the noted behavior.

    2. Shanky Goyal

      Is the Ei Captain working fine on 7.1.2?
      i don’t want to upgrade to 8.

    3. Doug T.

      I can report the same problem as Rich has identified. Upgraded from Yosemite to El Captain and the USB drive that is set up for automatic attachment on boot up of a Windows 10 virtual machine does not work. Attempting to disconnect and reconnect the USB device via the VMWare USB selection gives the same result as Rich describes. Physically unplugging the device from the iMac and then reinserting it gets the device to connect. I’ve seen at different points with the virtual machine running that it loses connection to the USB device. The only way to restore it is to physically disconnect and reconnect it. Definitely, some problem with the VMWare USB driver on El Captain. This was working fine on Yosemite. Note, I am running Fusion 7.1.2 as well.

      1. Doug T.

        I installed Fusion 8.0.1 in the hopes this would resolve my USB problem. I never got that far to test as I had a multitude of display problems after upgrade. These consisted of a black flickering screen with a tiny mouse pointer on boot up to a full screen flickering issue when changing between full screen desktop applications. I checked compatibility to make sure version 12.0 was selected as well as reinstalling the VMWare Tools for this virtual machine. No luck. Went back to version 7.1.2 which is stable compared to 8.0.1.

        1. Mike

          I have the same USB weirdness but my device is a security smart card that I need to login. It’s a major pain when it becomes disassociated with the OS, I have to unplug the device, I get logged out of windows and then replug it back in.
          Since I’m only running Windows 7.1 on my guest, I wonder what I’m doing not rolling back to VMware 7 until this gets fixed…

      2. neliason

        I don’t think the problem with USB is on VmWare’s side. I have USB drives connected to my iMac that randomly disconnect under El Cap. If I plug my iPhone into my iMac, at least when it is sleeping, it will not connect or charge. The only fix for me is to physically disconnect and reconnect the devices. There is something wrong in the El Cap USB stack.

    4. R

      Having same problem with USB support on Ubuntu guest and VMWare Fusion 7.1.2 after upgrading to El Capitan – absolutely no USB devices can be connected to the guest. I am unable to use my workstation due to this issue. An urgent fix is required!

  6. W

    Fusion 8.0.0 was working fine for me previously on the El Capitan Beta, 8.0.1 however now persistently changes my ‘display scaling’ and ‘ui scaling’ within the bootcamp guest – it also misreports the display resolutions and I can no longer tell it to just pass the full native retina resolution to the guest and let the guest (read:user) choose the ui scaling factor manually. This is a big issue – the forced resolution scaling to a non-native resolution is hurting gfx performance and the forced changes to the ui scaling are super annoying. Can you please undo this? Or at least give the users an option to disable letting vmware fusion *guess* what ui scaling the user wants?

    1. W

      Hmm, I see that there is an ‘automatically scale the UI inside the guest’ tickbox, which was off previously and was somehow reset on my guest to ‘enabled’ during the update. However I still do not see the native ‘2304 x 1440’ resolution as being an option inside the guest when it was previously in 8.0.0.

  7. E

    I find that upgrading to El Capitan broke my VM under Fusion 8.0 (and the problem continues with 8.0.1).

    My suggestion is if you depend on VMs for work don’t upgrade to El Capitan until Fusion is fixed to work with it.

  8. Veke

    I am having also USB port problem in my Windows 2000 VM after El Capitan update (in Fusion 7). My old home burglar alarm system control software stopped finding alarm system connected to USB, very annoying…

  9. Charles Clark

    I upgraded from VM Fusion 5. to VM Fusion 7.1.2 on July 24, 2015. I just checked to see if an a Fusion update was available and it says I can upgrade to VMware Fusion 8.0 for $49. Why wouldn’t I get an automatic upgrade to a product that was introduced only weeks after I purchased what was your latest version? I see in you July 29 post that you in fact said that anyone purchasing Fusion 7.1.2 would get a 10% discount AND a free upgrade to Fusion 8.0.

    Also, when I click on the “BUY NOW” link, your website crashes and gives me a program code listing.

  10. Patrick Lavoie

    Same here … Upgraded my MAC to El Capitan and my Fusion 6.x stop working with windows 8.1 (bootcamp). Try to upgrade to 8.0.1 (since it was saying it optimized for El Capitan) but not working (unstable). I get the same errors you are getting.
    Please let us know when there is a fix!

  11. Jody

    One thing has changed in 8.01 that has broken the networking functionality of my Windows 7 x64 vm on an El Capitan host. I use the standard thunderbolt ethernet adapter to make a bridged connection to a business network. In El Capitan, the thunderbolt adapter is set to “OFF” so that the macbook does not try to get an ip address or participate in the business LAN. The VM bridges on that adapter and DOES get an IP address working normally. So the host is not on the network but the guest is. This is worked fine as it always has in 8.0 and is broken in 8.01. If the adapter is turn off on the host, the guest loses network connection. This is new behavior that showed up this week with the update to 8.0.

    1. Michael Roy Post author

      We literally only made 1 change in 8.0.1, so this would be unrelated, or at best has something to do with the installation process.
      Rather than disable the interface however, why not just set service order so your host primary interface is at the top?
      This is how I do it so my VMs are on the corporate network (hardwired, VMs bridged to thunderbolt adapter) but the host is on WiFi on a non-corporate network

  12. Adam

    I haven’t been able to create a VM using my bootcamp partition in El Capitan and 8.01. It fails at the part where it analyzes the partition.

  13. W

    So… how do I get a fullscreen guest under vmware fusion 8.0.1 to see the actual native res without it having to scale from a res that’s either smaller or larger than native? 2304×1440 just isn’t an option in windows 10 display settings. Plenty of mismatched resolutions above and below that but the native res isn’t available so scaling is forced.

  14. Jay

    Will Fusion 5.0.5 be able to run on El Capitan?

    1. Jaime

      I would love to hear if you had any answers or any luck trying this. I also have VMware 5.0.5 and was thinking about updating to El Capitan.

  15. Lars Gustafsson

    Still on Fusion 7.1.2, but upgraded (downgraded?) yesterday unfortunately to El Capitan, and got a severe problems with USB devices such as scanners and even the mouse will sometimes disconnect,. Will Fusion 7 be updated or do I have to switch to Fusion 8? When I read other comments here it seems to be many problems with Fusion 8 and El Capitan too. So what to do?

  16. pepe popo

    “It just works”? Did anyone actually do any testing on Fusion 8.0.1 on El Capitan with a Windows 10 VM?

    I used to have a dual monitor setup running and now my second monitor won’t display anything after upgrading to El Capitan.

  17. Ted D

    I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 from Vista and I get an incompatible VMware SVGA 3D display (not tested by VMWare) advisory so windows won’t do the install. Tried resetting display settings and ti\urning off 3d. No help.

  18. LX

    VMWare Fusion 4.1.4 is unsupported after my upgrade to Mac OS X 10.11 (El Cap). I am thinking of just buying the latest VMWare Fusion package, install it, and somehow import my Windows 10 virtual machine. Should work, shouldn’t it?
    Encouragement or Warnings highly appreciated.

  19. Marco

    Hello. Just purchased Fusion 8.0.1 and just upgraded to El Capitan.
    Fusion simply doesn’t install.
    Running dmg image of Fusion install, the process start and after a few seconds OSX 10.11 crash and restart.
    I tried anything to reparir the issue (disbled SIP, enabled root, cleanup previous Fusion install, etc) but still doesn’t work.
    It’s frustrating when those things (often) happens after an upgrade… so the question “Should I upgrade right now or wait until the first point release?” should have the answer “Yes, I have to wait, maybe to the second point release…”

  20. Wayne

    In regards to the USB issues; I’ll let the monitoring team know what I’ve found so far. I’m running VMWARE 7.1.2 and after start up, I go into USB and Bluetooth Settings/Advanced USB Options and click “Reset All Saved Actions”. I disconnect the USB device I desire to use in VMWARE and reconnect; telling VMWARE to connect to Windows. The USB then works fine. Besides the nuisance of having to reconnect each USB device to the proper operating system, after a few hours “vmware-vmx” rocks one side of my processors up from anywhere at 50% to 100%.

    1. Wayne

      I’VE GOT MINE WORKING. Though, it’s not supper convenient it is still a simple work around until the issue is corrected. The overworked process “vmware-vmx” must have been an anomaly because it has not happened again; even after more than 12 hours of continuous use. I’ve been running USB devices on Fusion 7.1.2 for two days now without issues.

      How to get the USB to work:
      After start up of Fusion, go into USB and Bluetooth Settings/Advanced USB Options and click “Reset All Saved Actions”. Unplug the USB device you need on Windows and plug it back in. The system will ask whether to connect to Mac or Windows. NO NOT SELECT TO REMEMBER THE CHOICE. Click on Windows and the USB device will connect. Each time you start up Fusion and windows, you will need to disconnect and reconnect the USB device and make the selection to Windows (WITHOUT SELECTING TO REMEMBER THE CHOICE).

      1. Thomas

        Wayne, I followed your instruction to get my USB-DVD back to life. It does not work with Fusion 7.1.2 and El Capitan anymore. My VM withe WinXP and the new one with Win10 just complain about the Driver. So it must be El Capitan. I need the DVD to install software! With your workaround: it does not come with the question where to use the drive.
        Anything wrong you can see here? Sorry it is in German.



  21. Andrew

    I recently upgraded to El Capitan and version 8.01 of VMware, I run duel screens from my iMac since the upgrade when I am using Windows 10 in Vmware my iMac screen continually flickers making it unusable, I have try changing all the display settings in VMware but doesnt make any difference, previous versions of Mac OS and Vmware worked find with the duel screens

  22. Rulik

    Similar USB issues.
    2011 IMAC with fusion 7.1.2 hosting two VMs running Windows 7.
    I need my USB disk connected to windows.
    After El-Capitan upgrade that seem to speed up things all over, I could not connect the disk. After plug out and in I could again see it on windows.
    After complete machine restart I cannot do that.

    Fusion says the disk is connected to ANOTHER vm.
    Fails to disconnect with error.
    If I plug out and in it shows back in the mac , fusion allows me to connect it to windows but the disk does not show in explorer even when fusion says it is connected.
    Any hint will be appreciated.
    I don’t want to upgrade to fusion 8 as from the stories here it does not solve any problem.


    1. Rulik

      Wayne replay from 10/15 works! I wish there was something easier.
      Any suggestions from VMWare???

  23. X

    Hello? VMWare? When will we be able to select 2304×1440 as a resolution in guests running on the 2015 retina macbook to avoid scaling altogether? This lowish-end gpu and ULP cpu REALLY needs this option. You’ve been avoiding this question, why?

  24. Alex H

    I am currently running 7.1.2. Ever since my upgrade to El Capitan, I have not been able to boot up my Bootcamp partition through VMWare.

    Error: “Cannot open the disk ‘/Users/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines/Boot Camp/Boot Camp.vmwarevm/Boot Camp.vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
    Module Disk power on failed.
    Failed to start the virtual machine.”

    Tried deleting and readding the virtual machine, as well as manually deleting the Bootcamp folder from VMWare’s Application Support folder (as suggested on http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003483). Neither have seemed to solve my issue. I am looking to avoid reinstalling my Bootcamp from scratch, any suggestions to fix this?

    – A

    1. sturlaj

      Same problem as AlexH. “Module Disk power on failed” after el capitan upgrade with vmware fusion 7. Sorry VMWARE, but the same price as a whole OS for these upgrades every year is just not worth it.. I just want this simpel feature (boot native bootcamp image) working, not all the other news..

  25. shaun

    Same problem as AlexH and stulaj – was tempted to upgrade my VMware to 8.01 but appears that this isn’t the solution.


  26. sturlaj

    I uninstalled (and cleared temp data for) fusion 7 and reinstalled it. Same problem. Then I uninstalled again and reinstalled a trial of fusion 8. Surprise surprise..it worked. Looks like you are going to have to buy the upgrade.

    There is software from the early 1980s Dos days that still run fine on windows 10 for comparison. I think Vmware should release a 7.1.X to fix this problem.

  27. shaun

    installing VMware 8.0 still doesn’t work for me – good job I went for trial

  28. shaun

    After a lot of messing about I found my solution.

    Access recovery from boot up.
    Open the terminal in recovery and type csrutil disable (disables the systems integrity protection device)
    VMware runs

  29. Nate M.

    While working on this issue in VMware Workstation 9.0.2 build-1031769 running on Windows 10 I resolved this while working on a different issue. I opened the vm configuration file with notepad and changed the ending lines to the following. This vm was originally snow leopard and I updated the os from the app store to Yosemite then El Capitan.
    svga.autodetect = “FALSE”
    svga.maxWidth = “1600”
    svga.maxHeight = “1200”
    svga.vramSize = “7733248”
    ethernet0.linkStatePropagation.enable = “TRUE”
    svga.numDisplays = “1”
    mks.enable3d = “FALSE”
    tools.syncTime = “TRUE”
    usb.autoConnect.device0 = “”
    ide1:0.autodetect = “FALSE”
    checkpoint.vmState = “”
    tools.upgrade.policy = “upgradeAtPowerCycle”
    serialNumber = C2WFCWPVDH2G
    SMBIOS.use12CharSerialNumber = “TRUE”
    usb:0.present = “TRUE”
    usb:0.deviceType = “hid”
    usb:0.port = “0”
    usb:0.parent = “-1”
    At the same time that I set the resolution I added the serialNumber line and the SMBIOS line. I’m not sure if this
    was related but it was all done when the issue was resolved. The resolution is exactly where I want it now.
    It is reading in osx as 1600 x 901 on a display set to 1920 x 1080 in Windows 10.
    The serial number lines were added to resolve and issue with the App Store stuck spinning after logging in.

  30. Men

    The only problem occurs if you upgrade to 10.11.1. Then in order to login with your Apple ID, the systems looks for a legal Machine Serial Number and enters an endless spin wheel if you are running from VMWARE.
    In short, at this time, do not upgrade to 10.11.1 and stay with 10.11

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