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VMware Workstation 9 at VMworld

Here’s a quick demo video of VMware Workstation 9 from the VMworld 2012 show floor.

If you are at VMworld, please stop by the booth, and definitely do not miss our session:

Session #EUC3319 – VMware Workstation Innovations
Wednesday, Aug 29, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Moscone West Level 3, Room 3011

See you there.

Team Workstation

VMware Workstation 9 – Now Available World-Wide!

The Workstation team is thrilled to introduce VMware Workstation 9.  It’s been 12 years since Workstation first launched and dramatically changed the way technical professionals worked with virtual machines.   Since then the team has worked to bring bring innovation with each new release.  We feel Workstation 9 continues this tradition.

Workstation 9 builds on its broad operating system support, rich user experience, and comprehensive feature set to bring you best-in-class Windows 8 support, all new Web interface, restricted virtual machines and much more.  Not only does Workstation 9 change the way you work with virtual machines whether they reside on your PC or in the datacenter, it allows you to work when and where you want.

Let’s take a look at what Workstation 9 can do:

Best in Class Windows 8 Support

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To help you and your organization evaluate Windows 8, master the Metro UI and test your applications, VMware Workstation 9 is optimized for running Windows 8 virtual machines and running on Windows 8 PCs. Easy Install simplifies the task of creating Windows 8 virtual machines, Unity mode will intelligently scale to handle applications formerly known as Metro and multi-touch support will ensure you get the true Windows 8 experience in a virtual machine.

Access from Almost any Device

Workstation’s new web interface allows you to access your virtual machines running in Workstation or vSphere from a tablet, smart phone, PC or any device with a modern browser.  No plugins necessary. Now you can power on, off, or suspend your virtual machines and interact with them from almost anywhere.

Restricted Virtual Machines

Create virtual machines that require a runtime password, and another password to change virtual machine settings. Once set, send the virtual machine with restrictions to anyone to run on their Mac, Windows, or Linux machines by using Workstation 9, VMware Fusion 5, VMware Fusion 5 Professional, or VMware Player 5.

Download from vSphere

In Workstation 8 we introduced the ability to upload a virtual machine from your PC to vSphere. Workstation 9 takes the next step and allows you to drag and drop a virtual machine from vSphere to your PC. It’s the easiest way to move virtual machines between your PC and your internal cloud.

Better 3D Graphics

Workstation 9 includes support for the new Windows Metro interface, significant performance and rendering improvements to better support professional graphical applications such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks, Anti-Aliasing, OpenGL 2.1 for Linux operating systems and even an improved graphics driver for Windows XP.

Read the VMware Workstation 9 release notes for a complete list of new features.

What if I just bought VMware Workstation 8?

If you purchased VMware Workstation 8 (Full license or upgrade) between 08/01/2012 and 09/30/2012 you are eligible for a complimentary electronic upgrade under the VMware Workstation 9 Technology Guarantee Program (TGP).  To learn how to get your complimentary 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.

Availability and pricing

VMware Workstation 9 is immediately available for purchase from the VMware online store for $249 (US) and upgrades from VMware Workstation 7.x and 8.x are available for $119 (US). VMware Workstation can also be purchased through VMware’s network of resellers and distributors.

Buy Workstation 9
Upgrade to Workstation 9

Customers with an active support and subscription (“SnS”) contract are eligible to upgrade to Workstation 9 for free in the My VMware portal.  If you are not familiar with My VMware, check out this KB Article with video.

We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 9 as much as we enjoyed creating it.

The VMware Workstation Team

If you would like to discuss Workstation 9 in more detail, please join us in the VMware Workstation community.

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Crisis virus attempts to infect VMware Workstation or Player virtual machines on Windows

A new virus has been discovered that infects virtual machines that reside on Windows PCs.   We wanted our customers to be aware of this issue and to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.

On August 20, 2012, Symantec published a blog post on the Crisis virus: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/crisis-windows-sneaks-virtual-machines.  This virus spreads to systems running Windows through social engineering. Users must install a masqueraded JAR file. Symantec discovered that once the virus is present on a Windows system,  the malware tries to infect virtual machines that reside on the PC.

This has the potential to impact customers running VMware Workstation or VMware Player on Windows. The virus uses legitimate functionality to mount virtual disks and then copies itself onto the disks. It does not use any vulnerabilities in VMware Workstation or Player to infect the virtual machines.    

Windows users that run VMware Workstation or VMware Player are advised to follow standard security practices on their host systems to minimize the risk of introducing the Crisis virus to Windows systems.:

  • Practice safe browsing. Do not visit untrusted Web sites.
  • Do not open untrusted files downloaded from the Web.
  • Run anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date.
  • Keep current with Windows updates.

You can use additional measures to protect VMware virtual machines against the Crisis virus:

  • The Crisis virus cannot infect encrypted virtual machines. VMware Workstation has a feature that allows encryption of virtual machines.
  • Consider using third-party whole-disk encryption tools in the virtual machine
  • If VMware Workstation or Player is used to create virtual machines that are later used on ESX/ESXi hosts, take care that the systems on which virtual machines are created are secure and regularly audited.

The VMware security team is following this closely and we will post any updates to this blog.

Don’t miss the Workstation Session at VMworld

Be sure to attend the VMware Workstation session at VMworld and experience why it’s been one of the best rated sessions the past 3 years. This year Constantine is joining Jason and they promise this year’s presentation will not disappoint.

Session #EUC3319 – VMware Workstation Innovations
Wednesday, Aug 29, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

See you there.
I can’t resist showing a small teaser of what you will see.