VMware Fusion 12.2.0 | 14 October 2021 | Build 18760249

What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

About VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion® 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
    Intel Mac models that support macOS 11.0 Big Sur and newer versions.

  • Software
    macOS 11.0 Big Sur and newer versions.

What's New

This release contains security updates and bug fixes.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Fusion 12 are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:

Product Support Notices

  • Deprecation of Support for macOS 10.15 Catalina
    Support for macOS 10.15 Catalina is being deprecated. We recommend that you use a host macOS with version 11.0 or later.  


Resolved Issues

  • Unable to access port forwarding on a NAT virtual machine if the traffic is routed through the host IP stack on Big Sur hosts

    On Big Sur hosts, if a user configures NAT port forwarding in Fusion, the service running in the virtual machine is unavailable on the macOS host using localhost:exposedPort, hostIP:exposedPort, or; Port forwarding is also not accessible inside a NAT virtual machine using hostIP:exposedPort.

    This issue is now resolved.

  • Jumbo Frame can't be enabled for NAT virtual machines and Host-only virtual networks on Big Sur hosts

    MTU configuration option is not available in the Fusion UI on Big Sur hosts.

    This issue is now resolved.

  • The virtual machine (VM) cannot access the same network as the host while macOS Big Sur host is connected to the virtual private network (VPN)

    If the Big Sur host is connected to VPN, then the VM cannot access the same network as that of the host. 

    This issue is now resolved.

Known Issues

  • VM description shows an incorrect version for the guest macOS Big Sur 

    When you install VMware Tools with Big Sur as the guest OS, the version of the guest macOS in the VM description changes from 11.x to 10.16. Note that this is a user interface issue and does not impact the guest OS functionality.

  • Cannot unmount Fusion DMG file mounted on the host macOS Big Sur 11.5 or later

    If you use macOS Big Sur 11.5 or later as the host, when you try to eject the mounted Fusion DMG file, it fails with an error. The error wrongly indicates that the Finder is still using the file.

    Workaround: To successfully unmount the disk, Use Force Quit to close the Finder and then use Force Eject to unmount the DMG file.

  • The shared files and folders of the host are not visible on a macOS Big Sur guest VM

    If the "Enable Shared Folders" option has been properly enabled, the problem might be that the VMware kernel extensions have not been authorized to be loaded when the VM boots. Use the following command in a terminal window to check if the VMware kernel extensions are loaded:

    sudo kextstat --list-only | grep -i vmware

    VMware Tools for macOS contains two KEXT files:

    • com.vmware.kext.vmhgfs: For hgfs or shared folder support
    • com.vmware.kext.VMwareGfx​: For VMware video driver

    If the client kernel extensions are not running, the command output does not list the above files.

    Follow the steps in the workaround to address the issue.

    Workaround: Ensure that the Enable Shared Folders option is checked. 

    1. On the host, from the VMware Fusion menu bar, select Virtual Machine > Reinstall VMware Tools.
    2. Click Install on the Connect VMware Tools installer CD pop-up.
    3. Click Install VMware Tools on the VMware Tools dialog box.
      1. On the Welcome to the VMware Tools Installer page, click Continue.
      2. Select the Standard Install on 'Macintosh HD' and then click Install.
    4. Perform the following steps when the Security & Privacy window appears:
      1. Unlock the Security & Privacy user interface.
      2. For the "System software from developer 'VMware, Inc.' was blocked from loading" option, click Allow.
      3. For the restart prompt, select Not now.
      4. Re-lock the Security & Privacy user interface.
      5. Close the Security & Privacy window.
        The VMware Tools installation completes successfully.
    5. Click Restart to reboot the system with the KEXT modules loaded.
    6. After you restart the system, log in, and then use the following command to verify that the VMware modules are loaded:
      sudo kextstat --list-only | grep -i vmware


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