VMware Remote Console  |  1 June 2017  |  Build  5606693

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Last Document Update: 1 June 2017

What's in the Release Notes

These release notes cover the following topics.

What's New

VMware Remote Console 10.0 includes the following new features.

  • There are security updates to several libraries.

  • The Linux client is now localized.
    NOTE: The Linux installer has not been localized.

  • The Linux client is now updated to use GTK 3.

Compatibility and Installation

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

64-bit and 32-bit Windows

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


  • Apple OS X 10.10
  • Apple OS X 10.11
  • 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.

VMware Remote Console for vSphere
VMware Remote Console for vRealize Automation

Fixed Issues

The following known issues are fixed in this release.


  • Remote Console displayed an empty, black console when connecting to a virtual machine.

Known Issues

The following issues are known to affect this release.

General Issues

  • Starting VMware Remote Console from a terminal session might result in the following message:
      This application must be launched from a vmrc URL
    The message appears when you omit the URL in the command. By design, you start VMware Remote Console from a client such as vSphere or vRealize Automation, or with a vmrc:// URL.
    For help with the VMware Remote Console command line, enter:
      vmrc.exe -?


  • When connected to a virtual machine, VMware Remote Console might display the following message:
      The keyboard hook timeout value is not set to the value recommended by VMware Remote Console
    By design, you click OK to update the timeout value, then log out of Windows to ensure that the update takes effect.

  • Installing VMware Remote Console on a system where other VMware applications have been installed might result in the following error:
      Failed to install the HCmon driver
    Workaround: Go to Task Manager, Services tab, and stop the VMUSBArbService. Then, proceed with installation.
    Alternatively, launch the .msi installer from a command prompt window that you opened with Administrator privileges.


  • 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.


  • VMware Remote Console on Debian 8.7.1 does not open remote virtual machines.
    You successfully install VMware Remote Console on Debian 8.7.1, but it does not launch. When run from the console, the following message appears:
      Loop on signal 11.
    In addition, the log file under /tmp/vmware-$USER/ contains a panic and backtrace.
    Workaround: None

  • VMware Remote Console on Ubuntu 17.04 does not display certificates for viewing.
    You use VMware Remote Console on Ubuntu 17.04 to connect to an ESXi host that has an invalid or untrusted security certificate, and a certificate warning appears. When you click to view the certificate for inspection, an empty dialog appears, and you can only close the dialog.
    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

  • The Help link does not resolve.
    Workaround: Open a browser directly to www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vmrc_pubs.html

  • Remote Console automatically powers on virtual machines when connecting to virtual machines that are powered off.
    Workaround: None

  • Remote Console automatically closes when a remote virtual machine shuts down.
    Workaround: None

  • Remote Console cannot be installed on the same virtual machine as VMware Workstation or VMware Workstation Player.
    Workaround: None
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