VMware Remote Console | 25 JUL 2019 | Build 14161502

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

This release of VMware Remote Console includes the following changes:

  • Updated versions of Python 2.7 (2.7.16), OpenSSL (1.0.2r), and other open-source components
  • Full notarization for macOS
  • Additional fixes as described in Resolved Issues

Compatibility and Installation

You can install this release on the following host operating systems:

64-bit and 32-bit Windows

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7


  • macOS 10.14
  • macOS 10.13
  • macOS 10.12


  • VMware Remote Console generally runs on the same Linux offerings as VMware Workstation versions that are released around the same time. For more information, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.


See the following guides for information about installing and using VMware Remote Console.

Resolved Issues

  • Changing the DPI setting of a screen displaying VMware Remote Console causes a discrepancy between the mouse cursor position on the virtual machine and host.

    In scenarios where the DPI is changed, such as moving the VMware Remote Console window from a screen with lower DPI to a screen with higher DPI, the position of the mouse cursor is incorrectly offset.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

  • VMware Remote Console logs do not include session connection and disconnection information.

    When a remote session is established or terminated, relevant logs are not recorded.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

  • Smartcards cannot be used in shared mode on virtual machines.

    Certain smartcards were not recognized properly by virtual machines.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.


The following Mac issues are known to affect this release.

  • VMware Remote Console does not launch on macOS 10.13 or later.

    The Mac displays a System Extension Blocked message when you attempt to launch VMware Remote Console on macOS 10.13 or later versions.

    Workaround: As a user with administrator privileges, go to System Preferences > Security > Privacy. Under the General tab, near the bottom, you see a message about VMware software being blocked. Click Allow. For more information, see Knowledge Base Article 2151770.

  • Device options

    There are device-related options that are not available when running VMware Remote Console on a Mac. For example, you cannot add new devices, or display sound card settings. Unavailable Mac options are noted where applicable in the documentation.


The following Linux issues are known to affect this release.

  • On newer Linux distributions, terminal-based installation or online upgrade may fail.

    Version 5 of the ncurses library is required to install VMware Remote Console. However, newer versions of some Linux distributions, such as Fedora 28 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15, include only version 6 by default. This may cause the online upgrade process and terminal-based installation process to fail.

    Workaround: Manually install ncurses 5 on your machine.

    • For Fedora 28 or 29, run the dnf install ncurses-compat-libs.x86_64 command.
    • For SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15, use YaST to install the ncurses 5 package.
  • VMware Remote Console and VMware Workstation cannot be installed on the same computer.

    Because certain components are shared between VMware Remote Console and VMware Workstation, these products cannot both be installed on the same Linux machine.

    Workaround: None.

  • Wayland protocol is not supported

    VMware Remote Console requires Xorg and does not install or run under Wayland sessions. Installation errors occur on newer operating systems that use Wayland, such as Fedora 25.

    Workaround: None

  • Help link does not resolve

    You click the Help option from within VMware Remote Console and receive a file not found error.

    Workaround: Open a browser directly to https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Remote-Console/index.html

  • Virtual machines automatically power on

    VMware Remote Console automatically powers on virtual machines when connecting to virtual machines that are powered off.

    Workaround: None

  • VMware Remote Console automatically closes

    VMware Remote Console automatically closes when the remote virtual machine shuts down.

    Workaround: None

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