VMware Fusion 10.0 Release Notes

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VMware Fusion 10 | 26 SEP 2017 | Build 6665085

Last updated: 26 SEP 2017

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About VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10 is the easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to run Windows and other x86 based operating systems on a Mac without rebooting.

For more information, see the broader VMware Fusion documentation.

System Requirements

  • Hardware
    All Macs launched in 2011 or later are supported except:
    • 2012 Mac Pro “Quad Core” using the Intel® Xeon® W3565 Processor.
    In addition the following are also supported:
    • 2010 Mac Pro “Six Core”, “Eight Core” and “Twelve Core”.
  • Software
    OS X 10.11 El Capitan minimum required

What's New

  • New Guest Operating Systems Support
    • Windows 10 Creators Update
    • Ubuntu 17.04
    • Fedora 26
    • RHEL 7.4
    • Debian 9.1
    • OpenSUSE 42.3
    • SLE 12 SP3
    • macOS 10.13
  • Metal Graphics Engine
    Fusion 10 leverages Apple Metal technology to deliver OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10 to Guest Operating Systems. The Metal graphics engine is enabled by default when using 3D hardware accelerated graphics applications.
    • Metal Host Graphics Rendering Engine Hardware Requirements:
      • MacBook (early 2015)
      • MacBook Air (mid 2012 or newer)
      • MacBook Pro (mid 2012 or newer)
      • Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer)
      • iMac (late 2012 or newer)
      • Mac Pro (late 2013 and newer)
    • Software Requirements:
      • macOS 10.12.5 or later
      See Apple's documentation regarding Metal supported Macs: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205073
  • Guest VBS Support
    Fusion 10 provides the necessary virtual hardware platform components to enable Microsoft Virtualization Based Security features in Windows 10 Enterprise Guest Operating Systems and Windows Server 2016. Users can now enable Device Guard, Credential Guard and BitLocker through a combination of technologies such as UEFI Secure Boot, Nested Virtualization improvements and a virtual Trusted Platform Module.
    For best performance, use Intel Skylake generation CPUs and above. 
  • Virtual TPM
    Fusion 10 now provides a TPM 2.0 compatible virtual Trusted Platform Module for use with advanced security and encryption technologies,  such as BitLocker.
  • VMware Hardware version 14
    • Secure Boot, Fusion 10 introduces UEFI Secure Boot support for virtual machines. UEFI Secure Boot is a mechanism ensuring only trusted code is loaded by the UEFI firmware prior to the OS "handoff" process, and is required by VBS.
    • Virtual NVMe support, Fusion 10 introduces a new virtual NVMe storage controller. NVMe devices require virtual hardware version 13 and later.
  • Fusion REST API
    The Fusion REST API in Fusion 10 Pro can perform virtual machine operations like VM inventory management, VM power management, cloning, networking, configuration, IP address gathering, and more by leveraging a REST-based HTTP or HTTPS interface with standard JSON output via a Swagger.io framework. Fusion REST API enables a "headless", local or remote operation, and does not require the Fusion UI process to be running in order to function.
  • Touch Bar Support
    Fusion 10 supports MacBook Pro models equipped with the new Touch Bar interface by providing contextual shortcuts for common VM tasks.
  • Native OVF support
    With improved OVF/OVA support, Fusion 10 provides an effortless walkthrough to deploy the VMware VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) OVA package for testing within Fusion 10.
  • Advanced Virtual Networking
    Fusion Pro can now simulate degraded networks by introducing Packet Loss, Latency and Bandwidth caps. In addition, Fusion now provides the ability to configure Port Forwarding, and also allows for custom network names for better organization.
  • Auto-scan for new virtual machines
    Fusion now allows users to quickly refresh their VM inventory by scanning for virtual machines. It supports VMs on local folders as well as on network shared storage and USB drives.
  • Manual Resolution Setting
    • Per-virtual machine control to set a specific resolution to the guest
    • Choose between common resolutions derived from the capabilities of the host, such as Retina vs. standard resolutions, and change between them with a single click
  • Remote ESXi Host Power Operations
    The following remote ESXi power operations can now be performed from Fusion Pro:
    • Shutdown
    • Restart
    • Enter/Exit Maintenance Mode
  • Optimized User Experience
    • Overall User Interface look and feel improvements
    • New "Information" area for each VM within the VM Library window to display IP and MAC address of the VM, the version of the guest operating system and kernel information.
    • New design for New VM wizard
    • Auto Disk cleanup

Known Issues

The following issues might occur in this version of VMware Fusion.

  • Mouse and keyboard are no longer usable in OS X 10.10.5 virtual machine after applying security update 2017
    After applying App Store security update 2017-003 to a virtual machine running OS X 10.10.5, mouse and keyboard cannot be used inside the virtual machine.
    Workaround: Change the USB compatibility setting for the OS X 10.10.5 virtual machine from USB 3.0 to USB 2.0.
  • Inconsistent VM power status with Fusion UI while running Fusion REST API with root privilege
    While running REST API using root privilege to change power status of a virtual machine, power status of the VM will be inconsistent between Fusion UI and REST API.
    Workaround: Change VM power status with privilege other than root while using Fusion REST API.
  • When the VM is in full-screen mode using multiple displays, the menu bar may not be shown on some displays
    When you enter full-screen mode with multiple displays on a macOS 10.13 system, the menu bar does not pop up after you move the mouse to the top of the window on some displays.
    Workaround: None. This problem is a third-party issue.
  • Some 3D graphics applications may fail to run in the virtual machine when the Vulkan runtime libraries were installed along with a 3rd party graphics driver
    In Windows 7 or above virtual machine, when Vulkan runtime libraries are installed along with 3rd party graphics driver, some 3D applications may fail to run within virtual machine
    Workaround: Rename the Vulkan dll files within virtual machine to prevent them from loading.
    - In the Windows virtual machine, open C:\Windows\System32 folder
    - Locate vulkan*.dll files, rename them
    If the virtual machine is also used as a native partition with BootCamp, the library-names may have to be restored to function properly again.
  • Installing macOS from the recovery partition does not work for macOS 10.13
    Fusion cannot identify recovery partition on macOS 10.13. As a result install macOS from the recovery partition does not work.
    Workaround: None.
  • Boot Camp VM on macOS 10.13 fails to start up if the Windows Boot Camp partition is on boot disk and uses legacy BIOS
    For a Mac machine running on macOS 10.13, if a Windows Boot Camp partition using legacy BIOS exists on the boot disk, Fusion cannot create correct boot sector when creating a Boot Camp virtual machine from the Boot Camp partition, which causes the Boot Camp virtual machine fail to boot up.
    Workaround: Check Fusion KB for detailed steps about how to workaround this issue.
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview VM may become black screen after exit Unity or multiple displays
    When you have more than 1 monitors connecting to your host, Windows 10 Insider Preview VM may become black screen under following scenarios:
    • Enter Unity mode and then Exit Unity mode
    • Switch to multiple displays, then switch back to single display
    Workaround: You can enter Unity or multiple displays again to get VM’s display normal.