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The Lone Sysadmin: 8 Things I Really Like About VMware Workstation 8

8 Things I Really Like About VMware Workstation 8



I’ve been using VMware Workstation 8 for a few days now. I really like it. A lot of posts have been made hitting some of the major highlights, but there are hundreds of small improvements that add up to be a big deal for me. Here are eight.


This is a really good blog post that touches on many of the small improvements in VMware Workstation 8.

What if I just bought VMware Workstation 7?

If you purchased VMware Workstation 7 between 08/01/2011 and 09/30/2011, you are eligible for a complimentary electronic upgrade under the VMware Workstation 8 Technology Guarantee Program.  Here are the details:

  • If you purchased VMware Workstation 7 electronically from VMware or a VMware reseller during this time period, you will automatically receive your VMware Workstation 8 license key(s) via email. No further action is required to receive your upgrade. Please allow up to 30 days to receive your complimentary electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 8.
  • If you purchased a VMware Workstation 7 retail box through a VMware Reseller during this time period you will need to submit your license key(s) and proof of purchase online by October 31, 2011. Get started.  Please allow up to 30 days to receive your complimentary electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 8.
  • Customers with an active support and subscription ("SnS") contract are eligible to upgrade to Workstation 8 for free on the VMware license portal:
    1. Log into the VMware License portal using your VMware.com account credentials
    2. Locate the VMware Workstation 7 product name for the license key(s) you would like to upgrade
    3. Expand the product name and click the "Upgrade" button
    4. Follow the prompts to upgrade your license key(s) to VMware Workstation 8
    5. After receiving your new license keys, you can download VMware Workstation 8 software from the  Workstation Download Page

If you cannot wait to for your complimentary upgrade to VMware Workstation 8 to arrive, we suggest you make the most of our free 30-day trial offer until then.

VMware Workstation 8 running Windows 8!

We couldn’t be more excited about the VMware Workstation 8 release and our timing couldn’t have been more perfect if we had planned it!

Yesterday, VMware released Workstation 8 within hours of Microsoft releasing a developer preview of Windows 8.

I am currently at the Microsoft Build conference along with a team of VMware engineers and we were delighted to get our hands on a copy of Windows 8 yesterday afternoon. We immediately tried running Windows 8 in a VM on VMware Workstation 8 and VMware Fusion 4 and were ecstatic that it worked great!

Windows 8 Start 

We had plans to go out for a team dinner but instead ended up sitting on the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center for 6-7 hours – fueled by caffeinated beverages and really bad pizza!

I was up until 4am playing with Windows 8 and trying all of the new features – I suspect that the rest of the development team was doing the same. We plan to spend the rest of the week learning everything we can about Windows 8 – including developing for the new Metro UI, multi-touch and pen based input devices, graphics driver enhancements, UEFI boot capabilities, power management, the Windows application store etc. all of which will be considred for the next release of VMware

Yes, I will probably spend a little time trying Hyper-V as well…

(Update 9/15/2011) –

We have found that Workstation INSTALLED on Windows 8 requires a slight configuration change in order to run virtual machines.

After installing Workstation 8 on Windows 8 you can do any one of the following:

1. Add your user to the to __vmware__ group

2. Run Workstation 8 in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3 – (right click on the desktop icon, click on Properties, select the compatibility tab and check the compatibility mode box)

3. Run Workstation 8 as an administrator – (right click on the desktop icon and select Run as Administrator)

Please download and try VMware Workstation 8 today! http://www.vmware.com/workstation

We look forward to your feedback in the Workstation Community Forums!

VMware Workstation 8 Now Available Worldwide!

VMW_WRKSTN_8_BOXSHOT_WEB_101 We are incredibly excited about the release of VMware Workstation 8. In what some team members have called the biggest improvements in a decade, VMware Workstation 8 is your on-ramp to the cloud. With over 50 new features that include connectivity to vSphere, shared VMs, revamped UI, and ability to run the VMware Micro Cloud Foundry, it’s going to change the way you work with VMs. Let’s take a look at what Workstation 8 can do.
From your PC to the datacenter  
As you and your organization start your journey to the cloud, Workstation 8 can help. Build and run a full web or cloud environment, including VMware Micro Cloud Foundry, right on your PC. Then when you are ready to move your virtual machines to the internal cloud, you simply drag and drop to upload them to vSphere. Workstation 8 - Micro Cloud Foundry
Start sharing the benefits  

Up until now Workstation has been limited to virtual machines running locally on your PC. Workstation 8 can run as a server to share virtual machines or host applications for your team, department or anyone else in your organization with enterprise-caliber control over user access. Say goodbye to the time consuming process of copying virtual machines to file servers or USB hard drives to share them.

Workstation 8 - Server User Permissions
Gain anytime, anywhere access  

With Workstation 8 we have embraced the cloud. Workstation 8 can remotely connect to virtual machines running on vSphere, vCenter, and even another copy of Workstation on your network. Now you can leverage your PC and the internal cloud to access all of the virtual machines you need, regardless of where they are running.

Workstation 8 - Connect to Server
New UI, new way to work  

To harness all this power and connectivity, the Workstation 8 user interface has been completely revamped and streamlined with simplified menus, folder views, a live thumbnail bar and a new virtual machine library. The new virtual machine library makes it easy to view your local and remote virtual machines. Use search to quickly find the virtual machines that you need, whether they are running on your local PC, vSphere, or another instance of Workstation 8 on the network.

Workstation 8 - Folder Thumbnails
Run the most demanding applications  

Workstation 8 continues to raise the bar in what you can do with a virtual machine. Workstation 8 supports 64GB RAM, HD audio, USB 3, and Bluetooth devices in a virtual machine with enhanced virtual SMP and 3D graphics performance. Workstation 8 is so powerful you can even run 64-bit virtual machines on vSphere which itself is running in a Workstation 8 virtual machine. This is not for the faint of heart!

Workstation 8 - 8 CPUs, 32GB RAM

For the complete list of new features, check out the release notes. Watch this blog for a deep dive into Workstation 8 features over the next few weeks.

Availability and pricing

VMware Workstation 8 is immediately available for purchase from the VMware online store for $199 and upgrades from VMware Workstation 6.x and 7.x are available for $99. VMware Workstation can also be purchased through VMware’s network of resellers and distributors. Or download a free 30-day trial.   Customers with active VMware Basic or Production Support and Subscription Service can upgrade here.

What if I just bought VMware Workstation 7?

Customers who have purchased VMware Workstation 7 between 08/01/2011 and 09/30/2011 are eligible for a complimentary electronic upgrade under the VMware Workstation 8 Technology Guarantee Program.  To get your complimentary electronic upgrade click here

If you cannot wait to for your complimentary upgrade to VMware Workstation 8, we suggest you make the most of our free 30-day trial offer.

Enjoy VMware Workstation today!

We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 8 as much as we did creating it.

The VMware Workstation Team


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