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VMware Workstation 12 Now Available Worldwide!

We’re pleased and excited to announce the worldwide General Availability of VMware Workstation 12 Pro & VMware Workstation 12 Player.

VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player

VMware Workstation 12 Pro

With support for the brand new release of Windows 10 and the latest Linux distribution, VMware Workstation 12 Pro transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

Key New Features in Workstation 12 Pro Include:

  • Built for Windows 10 and More – VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables IT professionals and developers to test and develop for Windows 10 with their existing Windows or Linux PC. Users can take advantage of the latest features in Windows 10 like Cortana, the personal digital assistant and the inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or begin building universal applications for Windows 10 devices

Workstation 12 Pro Win 10 VM - Suface Pro 3 - Cortana and Edge Inking Test

  • Enhanced Graphics Engine – With support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, VMware Workstation 12 Pro enables and expands the type of 3-D graphics applications that can run inside a virtual machine.


  • Improved Performance – VMware Workstation 12 Pro offers performance improvements that enhance productivity and the user experience. With performance improvements of up to 3x when suspending or resuming encrypted virtual machines, up to 36 percent faster 3-D graphics, and improved echo and noise cancelation when using Skype and Lync VoIP calls within a VM – highly demanding applications can be faster and more efficient than ever before.
  • Ready for the Latest PCs and Tablets – VMware Workstation 12 Pro has been optimized to support high resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays for desktops and QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets providing users with a crisp and detailed experience. Workstation 12 Pro also benefits from improvements in handling mixed environments between standard resolution PCs and 4K displays.
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ Incentive Program – To help users get familiar with the benefits of cloud computing, VMware Workstation 12 Pro customers are eligible to receive $600 in vCloud Air service credit to use for up to 6 months – twice the standard VMware vCloud Air sign-up offer.

In addition, Workstation 12 Pro includes many other great enhancements including: Auto suspend virtual machines upon host shutdown, Tear away tabs, Improved vCloud Air Integration (Workstation Pro on Windows only), Power operation on remote virtual machines (Now 1 step process), Support IPv6 NAT network, Added NAT network configuration in Virtual Network Editor on Linux hosts, Echo cancellation for voice and video call with Microsoft Lync and Skype, Added USB 3.0 support to Windows 7 virtual machine, New standard installer, and Respect left-handed mouse setting on Windows host.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Pro Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

VMware Workstation 12 Player

VMware Workstation 12 Player™ (formerly known as VMware Player Pro) is a streamlined offering of VMware Workstation 12 Pro that is ready for Windows 10, offers enhanced 3-D graphics support and improved virtual machine performance. With its intuitive interface and easy setup, VMware Workstation 12 Player is another option for IT professionals to deliver a corporate virtual desktop to employees, contractors or customers.

  • Enhanced Operating System Compatibility – VMware 12 Player will run on the latest release of Windows including Windows 10 and will support prevalent operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 7 in a virtual environment so users can continue to run legacy applications as long as they need.
  • Greater Hardware Compatibility – VMware 12 Player will be optimized to run on today’s modern hardware including the latest PC laptops and high-resolution tablets including 4K displays.
  • Updated VMware Compatibility – VMware Workstation 12 Player will be able to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation 12 Pro or VMware Fusion 8 Pro. Restricted virtual machines secure corporate desktops with encryption, runtime password protection, USB access restriction, isolation between the host and guest OS, and time limitation.

So why the name change from VMware Player Pro to Workstation Player?  Player is an integral part of the Workstation product, so we chose to rebrand it with the goal of having one brand to represent Windows and Linux desktop virtualization as opposed to two (Workstation & Player). Workstation Player becomes an edition of the Workstation family with lesser capability and a simpler interface than its big brother Workstation Pro. This change streamlines our brands and makes it easier for our customers to understand better what we sell: the Workstation brand for desktop virtualization on Windows and Linux PCs, the Fusion brand for desktop virtualization on Macs.

Read the VMware Workstation 12 Player Release Notes for a complete list of new features and updates

New System Requirements

While 32 bit operating systems are supported inside virtual machines, VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player require 64 bit processor and 64 bit host operating systems for advanced computing and enhanced performance.

Availability and Pricing

VMware Workstation 12 Pro and VMware Workstation 12 Player are available for purchase immediately for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively.

VMware Workstation 10 and 11 customers can upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 Pro for $149.99. VMware Player 6 Plus and Player 7 Pro customers can upgrade to Workstation 12 Player for $79.99.

Customers who purchased VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 Plus between July 29, 2015 and September 30, 2015 will receive a free electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 and VMware Workstation 12 Player respectively. For more details, visit the upgrade page.


We hope you enjoy using VMware Workstation 12 Pro and Workstation 12 Player as much as we enjoyed creating it.

– The VMware Workstation Team

Discover Windows 10 on your Windows or Linux PC today using VMware Workstation 11 with 10% off and a FREE upgrade to VMware Workstation 12

Microsoft Windows 10 is Here!

Microsoft delivered exciting news today with its latest Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 merges the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and represents a major leap forward from the past. The biggest change from prior Microsoft operating system launches was Microsoft enabled millions of people try out the technical preview early in the development phases and provide feedback to help shape and make Windows 10 the best Windows product.

Thanks to VMware Workstation 11, Windows and Linux users can run, evaluate, and test Windows 10 in a virtual machine. Whether you’re upgrading an existing Windows 7 or 8 virtual machine, or installing from scratch for that fresh, new-operating-system experience, VMware Workstation 11 lets you discover all of the latest features that Windows 10 has to offer, right from the comfort of your PC.

To celebrate the Microsoft Windows 10 release, we’re giving an extra 10% discount and a free upgrade to VMware Workstation 12 for anyone that buys or upgrades to VMware Workstation 11 from today onwards!


Workstation 11 - Windows 10 VM


Take 10% off today when you buy or upgrade to the current release of Workstation 11 and automatically receive a FREE upgrade to Workstation 12 once they release later this summer.

WS11 to WS12 Free Upgrade Buy Now

We’re really excited about our next major releases, and have been hard at work putting the finishing polishes on the next big version of Workstation with 40 new features!

Buy or Upgrade to Workstation 11 Now!

VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2015

The VMware Workstation team is happy to announce public access to the VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2015 build to gather feedback from users on a wide range of hardware and software configurations. The VMware Workstation Technology Preview includes changes to the core virtualization engine and new capabilities we are exploring.


VMware Workstation Tech Preview 2015


We would appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • New OS Support including Windows 10 Insider Preview
  • DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 Support
  • Performance Improvements for encrypted VM Suspend, Resume, and Snapshot
  • IPv6 NAT Support
  • High DPI Display Support
  • Tear Away Tabs

The VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2015 is available to Download HERE via our VMware Workstation Community. More details on the Workstation 2015 Technology Preview can be found in the What’s New Document HERE.

We really appreciate your help in testing this software. Please post all of your feedback in the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2015 communities forum. Our Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Support Teams, Technical Writers, Product Marketing and Product Managers are all actively involved in the forums to ensure that your suggestions and comments get our attention.

Thank you!

The VMware Workstation Team

VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Update Now Available

A new update is now available for VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro. The new update includes bug fixes for Workstation 11 and Player 7.

VMware Workstation 11.1.2

  • VMware Workstation 11.1.2 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Workstation 11.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

VMware Player Pro 7.1.2

  • VMware Player 7.1.2 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Player 7.x customers. Read the Release Notes for more details.

How to get the updates

VMware Workstation 11 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

VMware Player 7 will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it. You can manually check for the update from the “Player” -> “Help” -> “Software Updates” menu item. Alternatively, you can download it from here.

PLEASE NOTE: VMware Workstation 11 includes a copy of VMware Player 7 for commercial use.  If you have VMware Workstation 11 you do not need to download VMware Player 7 separately since it is included in the VMware Workstation 11 download.

Many thanks to the Workstation 11 and Player 7 customers reporting these issues to Workstation Customer Support team and discussing them on the VMware Workstation Community.

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Installing Project Photon in VMware Workstation

The VMware Cloud native team introduced two exciting new open source projects last week called Project Photon and Project Lightwave that will help customers securely build, run, and manage their cloud native applications. For more information on the project launch see the following Press Release.

Project Photon is a lightweight Linux operating system for cloud-native apps. Photon is optimized for vSphere and vCloud Air, providing an easy way for our customers to extend their current platform with VMware and run modern, distributed applications using containers. Project Lightwave is an extensible directory server that supports authorization and authentication for containers, users, and any other resource. When paired with Project Photon, Project Lightwave ensures that only authorized objects can run in the infrastructure.

The exciting project to talk about in this blog post is VMware Photon which makes it really easy for teams to build containerized applications – from developer desktop to production – and blend them seamlessly into existing VMware environments.  The team in the Cloud Native group created a great website talking about Project Photon, Getting the Photon ISO, and How to Get Started/Installed.  The Photon Website is located at

While there is a step by step Photon Getting Started Guide for VMware Fusion, the steps and installation screenshot are from VMware Fusion running on a Mac (Default Development Computer at VMware). Luckily the majority of the steps can be transposed to VMware Workstation which I have highlighted below for the purpose of testing and education of Project Photon.

Note: Not all steps are listed below since the Photon Getting started guide for Fusion does a great job of walking you through the Photon installation after the VM is created since the steps are identical in Fusion and Workstation.

Installing VMware Photon in Workstation

1:  Download Photo ISO

Download the latest Photon ISO from here or clone the GitHub Photon repository and make the ISO using the instructions found on the GitHub repo

2:  Install Photon from an ISO Image.

On the Workstation Home Tab click “Create New Virtual Machine” or go to Menu – File and select “New Virtual Machine”.

The New Virtual Machine Wizard will pop up and select “Typical” configuration and click Next


Choose “Install from” method and Select “Installer disc image file (iso)” then browse to the Photon ISO location and select the ISO. At this point Workstation will not recognize the new guest operating system but click Next to continue to manually select the operating system.

Select “Linux” Guest Operating System and from the pull down menu select “Other Linux 3.x kernel 64-Bit” and click Next to continue.


Provide Name and location for the Photon virtual machine and click Next.

For the next step accept the default disk size shown for this example and select store the “Store virtual disk as a single file”.  Depending on your application running in the container you would adjust the virtual hard disk size as appropriate. Click Next to continue.


The “Ready to Create Virtual Machine” Summary Box will displayed.  Before finishing the Photon Virtual Machine Creation, we strongly recommend that you customize the Virtual Machine and remove any unwanted devices that are not needed for a container runtime environment by clicking the “Customize Hardware…” Button


Once you click on “Customize Hardware…” Button a new dialog box will be displayed. We recommend that you remove or uncheck the following components if they show up: Printer, Sound Card, Camera, Bluetooth, 3D acceleration. To remove or modify the device settings click the default installed device and either uncheck the feature or remove the device. Also at this point you would adjust the memory and processor settings based on your application running in the container but for this example we will accept the default size. Click the Close button to return back


At this stage we have made all the necessary customizations and we are ready to begin the installation process. Click Finish and you will be taken back to the newly created Photon Virtual machine that is ready to be powered on.


3: Running the Photon Virtual Machine

Now select the Photon Virtual Machine and press the “Play” button to power on the host and start the Photon Installation process.

Within a few seconds the Project Photon Installer Boot Menu will appear.

4: Photon Installation in the Virtual Machine

For the sake of not creating a even longer blog post you can continue to follow the step by step Photon installation instructions on Page 8 of the Getting Started Guide for VMware Fusion or follow along in the “Use VMware Fusion to get started with Project Photon container runtime” video on YouTube at about 2:35 into the video.

After you have successfully completed the Photon Installation you are ready to use your container runtime environment. Upon the next reboot/restart you will be come to a login prompt and you are ready to go.

5: Installing Application in Container 

At this point you can install a Containerized Application from the Docker Hub or your own containerized application since a command prompt is not that exciting.  If you return to the Photon installation instructions on Page 15 of the Getting Started Guide for VMware Fusion there is a example of Installing a Containerized Web Server (Nginx) Application to Help Demonstrate Capability of Project Photon. Below is the final screenshot of a Web browser connecting up to the Nginx web server running in the Photon container.