VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.1.1 Release Notes

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VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.1.1| 21 APR 2016 | Build 3770994

Last updated: 21 APR 2016

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

About VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro enables technical professionals to develop, test, demonstrate, and deploy software by running multiple x86-based Windows, Linux, and other operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

You can replicate server, desktop, and tablet environments in a virtual machine and allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory and graphics memory to each virtual machine, whether the virtual machine resides on a personal PC or on a private enterprise cloud.

For more information, see the broader VMware Workstation Pro documentation or specifically the VMware Workstation 12 Pro Documentation Center.

What's New

VMware Workstation 12 Pro version 12.1.1 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 12 Pro users.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation Pro are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for prior releases of VMware Workstation 12 Pro, click the following links:

Known Issues

The following issues might occur in this version of VMware Workstation Pro.

  • After you exit full screen mode on a multi-monitor system, an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine does not refresh properly
    On a system with more than one monitor connected, if an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine is in full screen mode, using all displays, the virtual machine does not refresh its display properly after you exit full screen mode.
    Workaround
    : If you experience this issue on an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine, restart the virtual machine. If you want to switch the virtual machine to full screen mode, use a single display only.
  • When you install an Ubuntu 16.04 guest using the Easy Install option, the system behaves as if VMware Tools is not installed
    In this situation, VMware Tools is installed, but a message prompts you to install VMware Tools. Also, when you select the VM drop-down menu, the Install VMware Tools option is available instead of the Reinstall VMware Tools option.
    Workaround
    : Restart the virtual machine.

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in this version of VMware Workstation Pro.

  • Running graphic software with MSAA enabled causes VMware Workstation Pro to crash
    In a Windows virtual machine, running graphic software, such as a Realtime Landscape Architect program, or a graphic game, such as Civilization 4, with Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) enabled causes VMware Workstation Pro to crash.

    This issue is resolved.
  • DNS names are not resolved in a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host
    When you select a Network Address Translation (NAT) network for a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host, Domain Name System (DNS) names are not properly resolved.

    This issue is resolved.
  • Enabling port forwarding breaks NAT
    When you enable port forwarding, network address translation (NAT) breaks.

    This issue is resolved.
  • When the VMware Workstation menu item Show Enabled Hints is not enabled, you cannot disable usage hints for the vmware-kvm.exe utility
    When the VMware Workstation menu item Help > Hints > Show Enabled Hints is not selected, deselecting the "Show usage hint on startup" option in the VMware KVM Preferences dialog box does not take effect.

    This issue is resolved.
  • Attempting to format a USB flash drive in a Windows guest with a USB 3.0 controller fails with an error
    When you connect a flash drive to a guest operating system and try to format the drive using a built-in Windows utility, the flash drive fails with the error Windows was unable to complete the format.

    This issue is resolved.
  • When using an Android Debug Bridge (ADB) daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest, the VMware Workstation Pro window becomes unresponsive over time
    Starting an ADB daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest operating system causes a memory leak, which in turn causes the VMware Workstation window to become less responsive over time.

    This issue is resolved.