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VMware Workstation 15 Player Release Notes

VMware Workstation 15 Player | 24 Sep 2018 | Build 10134415

What's in the Release Notes

About VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player™ is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs another operating system on the same computer without rebooting. VMware Workstation Player provides a simple user interface, unmatched operating system support, and portability across the VMware ecosystem.

For more information, see the broader VMware Workstation Player documentation

System Requirements

Systems using Processors (CPUs) launched in 2011 or later are supported, except for the following.

  • Intel Atom processors based on the 2011 Bonnell micro-architecture. For example, Atom Z670/Z650 and Atom N570.
  • Systems using Intel Atom processors based on the 2012 Saltwell micro-architecture. For example, Atom S1200, Atom D2700/D2500, and Atom N2800/N2600.
  • Systems using AMD processors based on the Llano and Bobcat micro-architectures. For example, code-named Hondo, Ontario, Zacate, and Llano.

The following systems are also supported: Systems using Intel processors based on the 2010 Westmere micro-architecture. For example, Xeon 5600, Xeon 3600, Core i7-970, Core i7-980, and Core i7-990.

What's New

The following support is new in Workstation 15 Player:

  • New Guest operating systems support
    The following support is new in Workstation 15 Player: 
    • Windows 10 1803
    • Ubuntu 18.04
    • Fedora 28
    • RHEL 7.5
    • CentOS 7.5
    • Debian 9.5
    • OpenSuse Leap 15.0
    • FreeBSD 11.2
    • ESXi 6.7
  • DirectX 10.1
    DirectX 10.1 is an incremental update over DirectX 10.0. It provides higher visual quality through the support of multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA). DirectX 10.1 also supports Shader Model 4.1 and Cubemap Array.
  • Hardware version 16
    • DirectX 10.1 support
    • Graphics memory up to 3GB
  • REST API
    You can use Workstation RESTful API to automate common virtual machine tasks using standard JSON over HTTP or HTTPS. The following virtual machine operations are supported:
    • Virtual machine inventory management
    • Virtual machine power management
    • Networking management
  • VCSA 6.7 support
    With Workstation 15 Player, you can import and run VCSA 6.7 (vCenter Server Appliance) in VMware Workstation 15 Player.
     
  • USB Auto connect to virtual machine
    USB devices can automatically connect to a powered on virtual machine when you configure Workstation 15 Pro to remember the connection rule.

    This is a Windows host only feature.
     
  • High DPI support
    High DPI related features require that the operating system of the host and virtual machine be Windows 10 version 1703 or later.
    • Host level high DPI support - The Workstation interface auto detects the host level DPI change and auto adjusts the layout to meet the new DPI.
    • Guest DPI synch with host - When there is a DPI change on the host side, the guest operating system adjusts its DPI to match the host DPI. VMware Tools 10.3.2 is required for this feature.

Known Issues

  • Unable to open a virtual machine on a VMware Workstation Player for Linux host

    On a Linux host, when the setting that records file and application usage is disabled, opening a virtual machine with VMware Workstation Player does not succeed.

    For example, on Ubuntu 18.04, the setting is Settings Privacy Usage & History. For an older version of Ubuntu, such as 16.04, the setting is System Settings > Security & Privacy > File and Applications.

    Workaround: Enable the setting that records file and application usage.