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Monthly Archives: May 2010

VMware Workstation 7.1 Now Available – Impress Your Friends and Go Home Early!

VMW_09Q3_BXSHT_WS7_R1_HiRes The VMware Workstation Team is excited to announce that VMware Workstation 7.1 is now available. The team has been working hard since the beginning of year to bring VMware Workstation 7.1 to you. With over 10 new features including twice the 3D graphics performance, support for more powerful virtual machines, and tighter Windows 7 integration, VMware Workstation 7.1 is faster and more convenient than ever for getting work done so you can go home early.

VMware Workstation 7.1’s excellent Windows 7 performance and integration makes it easy to learn, test and demo new platforms and technologies like Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and SharePoint 2010 –all on your own computer.

Key VMware Workstation 7.1 enhancements include:

Richer Graphics Enable the Most Demanding Applications

  • Up to 2x the graphics performance for DirectX 9.0 and hardware acceleration for OpenGL 2.1 in Windows 7 and Windows Vista virtual machines, results in smoother video playback, improved gaming experience, and VMware's latest Windows 7 graphics drivers are now supported for AutoCAD 2011.

VMware Workstation 7_AutoCAD2011_Fedora VMware Workstation 7_AutoCAD_Windows 7

Increased Power

  • Support for even more powerful virtual machines with 8 virtual processors (or 8 virtual cores) and 2 TB virtual disks.


  • Ability to import and export Open Virtualization Format (OVF 1.0) packaged virtual machines and upload directly to VMware vSphere, the industry’s best platform for building cloud infrastructures.
  • Optimized performance for Intel’s Core i3, i5, i7 processor family for faster virtual machine encryption and decryption.

Tighter Integration

  • Launch virtualized applications directly from the Windows 7 taskbar to create a seamless experience between applications in your virtual machines and the desktop.


  • Built-in automatic updates that checks, downloads, and installs VMware Workstation updates.

Run Even More Operating Systems

  • VMware Workstation 7.1 supports running over 600 operating systems and VMware Workstation 7.1 adds support for the latest Linux operating systems including Ubuntu 8.04.4, Ubuntu 10.04, OpenSUSE 11.2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5, Fedora 12, Debian 5.0.4, Mandriva 2009.1

ubuntu 10.04

Check out the release notes for a complete list of new features.

Buy VMware Workstation Now!

Existing VMware Workstation 7 customers can download a free update. VMware Workstation 7.1 is available for immediate purchase from the VMware Store for $189.00 and existing Workstation 5.x or 6.x customers can upgrade for $99.00. VMware Workstation can also be purchased through VMware’s network of resellers and distributors.

Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone that participated in the beta program. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to deliver a high quality product that exceeds expectations, ensuring VMware Workstation continues to be the leading personal desktop virtualization tool.

Enjoy VMware Workstation Today!

We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 7.1 as much as we did creating it. We will share more details on the Workstation Zealot blog over the next few weeks. As always, we’re looking forward to your feedback!

-The VMware Workstation Team

Google Android running on your Workstation

The escalation of the phone OS wars has generated a new breed of operating systems that has crossed over the boundry from smart phones to netbooks and tablets.   Someday these environments are likely to reach the desktop, but you don't have to wait, you can run them virtually on your desktop today!

The response from our ealier post on running Google Chrome OS in VMware Workstation was phenomenal and the  number of downloads of the Chrome OS .vmdk from gdgt.com has encouraged us to look for other new operating systems that VMware Workstation users may want to try.

For the past couple of months, we have been keeping our eye on the Android x86 project http://www.androidx86.org/.  Finally, I got a chance to download and try the new 1.6 r2 build this weekend.  I created a new VM and was up and running within ~20 mins.


The tricky part was creating and formatting the disk correctly – the text on the screen of the installer refreshed poorly and ended up with artifacts on the screen which made it a little difficult to understand what needed to be done.   After some trial and error, I eventually realized that I needed to create a disk first and then choose to make it bootable.  After solving this everything else was simple.


In general, Android worked well.   I was able to navigate thorough the OS, use the onscreen keyboard, run a search, surf the web and play Lunar Lander.  I did manage to install a widget that didn't work on the desktop and that I couldn't remove and I downloaded Solitaire from the App Store which successfully downloaded and indicated that it was "ready to install" but I haven't figured out how to install it.  How can I run a true test of computing power without being able to run the most over played computer card game ever???

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Please let us know if there are other projects we should take a look at or other operating systems (other than Mac OSX) that you would like to see running in Workstation.

VMware Workstation 7.1 Release Candidate Now Available!

I have some exciting news.  The VMware Workstation 7.1 Release Candidate (RC) is now available!  This release candidate is the latest public pre-release build of VMware Workstation 7.1.

If you are currently participating in the beta, you will be automatically prompted that the new version is available to be downloaded and installed. If you disabled automatic software updates, you should check for updates manually or download the latest version from the VMware Workstation Beta Community.  Even if you did not participate in the earlier betas, you can download the RC from the VMware Workstation Beta Community.

If you are using the current expiring beta serial number, you will need to enter the following License Key into the Workstation Help -> Enter Serial Number dialog:

License Key: M148Z-H010J-H8T8C-0JAUK-ADM4C
(Expires 2010-07-15)

We have made several improvements based on the feedback provided during the beta testing.

Key improvements since the VMware Workstation 7.1 beta include:
•    Faster Graphics: Improved performance and better compatibility for both DirectX 9 and OpenGL 3D apps
•    OVF Tool 2.0: A brand new version of the OVF Tool is included to import and export OVF packaged virtual machines and upload virtual machines to vSphere
•    Memory Management: New UI to handle increased virtual memory capacity
•    New Guests: Support for Ubuntu 10.04 and RHEL 5.5 added
•    Reported Issues: This release candidate addresses many of the issues reported via the beta forums

Please update your beta installation to the release candidate and let us know what you think.

Release notes are available here.

Don’t forget to try out the VMware Player 3.1 RC.