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Fusion is one amazing hypervisor

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Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

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

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Thanks for watching.

Graphics Performance Issues when Running OS X Yosemite in a VM

VMware Fusion users running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion virtual machine have reported graphics performance issues, especially in comparison to running previous OS X versions in a Fusion VM.

Yosemite VM on YosemiteThe Fusion engineering team identified the root cause as an issue with beam synchronization, which Apple introduced in 2007 to improve screen redraw and window management in OS X.

We’re working hard to deliver a fix. Until the fix is released, here’s a customer-suggested workaround  to temporarily disable beam synchronization. Making this configuration change will significantly improve graphics performance when running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion VM.

Thanks to @rtrouton for his blog post on the subject, and many thanks to VMware Fusion users for your support and patience while we work on this fix.

Best wishes for 2015!

–The VMware Fusion Team

 

VMware Fusion 7 Wins Editor’s Choice Award!

Although Christmas doesn’t arrive for another two weeks, the VMware Fusion team received an early holiday delight from PCMag.com – an Editors’ Choice award for VMware Fusion 7!

PCMagEditorsChoiceVMware Fusion has always had a loyal following and the product team has put a lot of effort into making it one of the leading solutions available to serve its customers. We have always believed that the solution uniquely offers an experience that is different than the competition and it is gratifying to see that sentiment echoed by an objective third party review.

VMW-BXSHT-FSN7-WEBPCMag.com praised Fusion’s “rock solid stability” and said, “VMware Fusion is like a well-equipped armored vehicle: it goes anywhere (and) it’s unstoppable…” They also liked the vast array of operating systems Fusion supports and the fact that Fusion creates no visual clutter in OS X.

We can’t think of a better way to sum up the strengths of Fusion 7 than the reviewer’s final words,“…Fusion is the Mac app I prefer when I need to get some more-complicated work done in a Windows app under OS X.”

Many thanks to PCMag.com for taking the time to conduct an in-depth review, and thanks always to VMware Fusion users for your support.

 

VMware Fusion Technology Preview May 2014

Today the VMware Fusion team is providing public access to the VMware Fusion Technology Preview. We would like to get feedback from individuals using a wide range of hardware and software configurations.

The VMware Fusion Technology Preview includes:

  • VMware Hardware Version 11, including improved CPU support and upgraded USB 3.0 controller
  • New icons in the library show state of VMs
  • Ability to configure per-VM hotkeys
  • Support for configuring the amount of graphics memory for each VM
  • Updated support for multi-monitor setups where one monitor is a Retina-class display

Additional details, including a list of what’s new, and the VMware Fusion Technology Preview May 2014 download are available HERE from the VMware Fusion Community.

Please post all of your feedback in the VMware Fusion Preview 2014 Community forum.  Our Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Support Teams, Technical Writers, Product Marketing Managers, and Product Managers will be monitoring the forum to ensure that we collect your suggestions and comments.

Many thanks for helping us to improve VMware Fusion.

The VMware Fusion Team

Still Here…for Now

Microsoft Windows XP end of support (AKA the XPocalypse) has come and gone, and we are all still here.

However, a recent Microsoft security alert should give Windows XP users cause for concern as it potentially exposes them to serious security risks. Luckily, Microsoft issued a patch on May 1st – including Windows XP.

The issue is that XP users can’t expect Microsoft to continue to provide security updates for their operating system as support officially ended on April 8th.

If you must continue using XP for a while longer, you can run your critical Windows XP applications in a VMware Fusion virtual environment and get the following benefits:

  • Forward compatibility—virtualization lets you run 12-year-old XP on today’s hardware.
  • Reduced vulnerability—putting XP into a virtual machine isolates it, enabling you to turn off features that make it vulnerable.
  • Safe state rollback—Fusion allows you to take periodic snapshots of a virtual machine that serves as a backup should your XP virtual machine become corrupted.

Click here to learn more about virtualizing Windows XP–and stay tuned for an upcoming blog with tips for what VMware Fusion users can do to protect XP running in Fusion from further security exploits.

VMware Fusion 6.0.3 Update

On April 17th we released VMware Fusion 6.0.3, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional.

To download VMware Fusion 6.0.3, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 6.0.3, read the Release Notes.

Thanks to the Fusion customers reporting these issues to Fusion Support and discussing them with the VMware Fusion Community.

-The VMware Fusion Team

Extend your Windows XP journey with VMware Fusion

After 12 years in the market, Windows XP support ends today, April 8, 2014.

Are you still using Windows XP? Do you need more time?

If you’d like to continue running Windows XP, virtualization is an ideal solution. Virtualization will enable you to continue using Windows XP, but on modern hardware, like the latest Macs.

And, if you’ve been thinking about getting a Mac, or own one already, you can use VMware Fusion 6 Professional to create a Windows XP virtual machine that will run on your Mac. You’ll be able to use your Windows XP applications and access your Windows XP documents and files as you do now, only on a Mac.

Moving Windows XP to your Mac is fast and easy with Fusion Professional’s built-in Migration Assistant, which takes you through the migration process step-by-step in clear, easy-to-follow windows. For a preview of the process, watch the how-to video Migrating a Windows PC to a Mac in the VMware Fusion 6 Professional Learning Center.

If you’re happy with Windows XP, you don’t have to stop using it. Just virtualize it on a Mac with VMware Fusion Professional.

Click here to learn more about virtualizing Windows XP.

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update

On November 5th we released VMware Fusion 6.0.2, a maintenance release. This update is recommended for all users of VMware Fusion 6.

An issue that caused some Fusion users to receive a “Not enough physical memory” messages when opening a virtual machine after upgrading to OS X Mavericks was resolved in this release.

To download VMware Fusion 6.0.2, open VMware Fusion and select VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.

For more details on Fusion 6.0.2, read the Release Notes.

Thanks to the Fusion customers reporting these issues to Fusion Support and discussing them with the VMware Fusion Community.

 

The VMware Fusion Team

VMware Fusion 3.1.3 available via Software Update

The latest update for VMware Fusion is now available and includes support for some of the latest Operating Systems: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and, for Linux fans, Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04.

We’ve also made improvements under the covers to improve video, opening files on your Mac and web browsing using Internet Explorer. This update fixes over 40 bugs, many reported by users, and is available free of charge to VMware Fusion 3 users.

To download the free update start VMware Fusion, select the “VMware Fusion” menu and click on “Check for Updates.”

If you would like to find out more about this update, click here.

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