Although, the generally available release is not officially supported…. it appears to be running reasonably well!!!! Easy Install recognized the .iso and VMware Tools were installed seamlessly. I saw two CD/DVD drives show up in VM Settings immediately after installation, but it was corrected after a reboot, and "fit to guest" isn't automatically applying… but otherwise it is very usable…
We would really appreciate it if you would please post any issues you find in the Workstation forums.
Today, VMware has posted the Workstation 7.0 Release Candidate. It is publically available for all of our customers and loyal fans to download and try out!
The Release Candidate can be downloaded from: http://communities.vmware.com/community/beta/workstation
New versions of VMware ACE and VMware Player are also available (Player has a new twist that we are very excited about!!!!)
Some of the new features in the Workstation Release Candidate include (stolen from the marketing text…):
- Full Windows 7 Host and Guest support including the ability to run Aero! (kinda obvious from the pic above)
- Improved 3D Graphics for Windows guests with OpenGL and Shader Model 3.0 support
- Support for over many new OSs including Windows Server 2008 R2, Debian 5, and ESX (Yes, you can vMotion!)
- Create Virtual Machines with up to four processors and/or four cores and 32 GB of memory
- ThinPrint integration enables virtual printing and makes the host printers available within the guest
- Smart Card enhancements to enable secure authentication
- 256-bit AES encryption of your virtual machines
- ALSA sound for Linux users!!!
- Dynamic update of VMware Tools
- Drag and Drop now works with formatted text, graphics and file attachments
- AutoProtect your VMs with the ability to regularly schedule snapshots to be created
- Pause a VM to instantly free up your processor
- Replay Debugging is even more powerful and now works remotely
- A redesigned Virtual Network Editor that is much easier to use
We can’t share our targeted release date (so please don’t ask) and we don’t have any pricing or upgrade information available yet, but we don’t anticipate a radical change from what we have today! But we will keep you posted.
We look forward to getting your feedback, our team is closely monitoring the forums and are anxious to see what bugs you find!
Mike and I have both recently joined the VMware Workstation product management team and want to intorduce ourselves, revitalize this blog and get in touch with our fellow zealots!
We are both very excited to be working on the Workstation product. We have been using this application on Linux and Windows for many years and have personally used it for software development, QA, customer support, training and product demos as well as a few other things that we probably shouldn’t mention.
Workstation is an exceptionally cool product that wins awards like Infoworld’s 2009 best product of the year !!! (We would like to take credit for this, but the development team did all the work before either of us joined.) It also has a very caffeinated and loyal user community who find interesting ways to push the envelope with VMs like trying the early versions of Windows 7, Replay Debugging nasty problems and protecting internet users everywhere (including our moms)
We plan to make frequent posts to this blog (the Fusion team is making us look bad…) with product usage tips, links to other “creative” works and occasionally we may slip up and share a little bit of insider information on what we are thinking or new features that we are considering….
In addition to this blog, Mike and I are becoming active in the Workstation communities. If you have product suggestions, want to brag about something unparalleled that you have done, or show off your encyclopedic knowledge of everything virtual… we look forward to hearing from you!
Jason Joel and Mike Paiko