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VMware Workstation 15 Pro Release Notes

VMware Workstation 15 Pro | 24 Sep 2018 | Build 10134415

What's in the Release Notes

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 VMware Workstation Pro 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 Pro:

  • New Guest operating systems support
    • 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
    • Virtual machine clone 
    • Networking management
  • 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. 
  • Hosts and Clusters view when you connect to vCenter
    Workstation 15 Pro adds a new Hosts and Clusters view when you connect to remote vSphere. The inventory tree now shows a hierarchical arrangement of objects in two different views: Hosts and Clusters and VMs. You can easily toggle between these two views with a single click.

    This is a Windows host only feature.
  • vSphere 6.7 support
    Workstation 15 Pro provides seamless support for vSphere 6.7. You can connect to a remote ESXi 6.7 host or vCenter Server 6.7 from Workstation 15 Pro to manage the remote the virtual machines running on vSphere. You can also upload a local virtual machine to vSphere 6.7 or download a remote virtual machine running on vSphere 6.7 to the local desktop.

    You can also deploy a VMware VCSA 6.7 (vCenter Server Appliance) OVA package to run on Workstation 15 Pro.
  • 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.
  • SSH login to Linux virtual machine
    You can now access Linux virtual machines using SSH provided by Workstation 15 Pro.
    This feature requires that the operating system of the host be Windows 10 version 1803 or later.
  • Enhanced User Experience
    • Stretch guest display
      The stretch guest display feature is enabled for Linux guests and Windows guests earlier than Windows XP. You can use the Keep Aspect Ratio Stretch feature to stretch the virtual machine display while maintaining the user interface aspect ratio or you can use the Free Stretch feature to stretch the virtual machine display to fill the user interface.

      This is a Windows host only feature.
    • Open virtual machine directory
      You can now easily access the virtual machine directory from a Windows host by right-clicking the virtual machine in the Workstation Pro library and selecting Open VM directory.

      Linux Workstation Pro already supports this feature.
  • Linux host Wayland support
    Workstation 15 Pro can now run on a Linux host Wayland desktop. To install Workstation Pro on a Wayland desktop, you must use terminal mode installation.
  • Performance improvements for virtual NVMe storage

Resolved Issues

  • Virtual machines that directly use a physical disk might display a black screen

    When a virtual machine directly uses a physical disk, after you power on the virtual machine, the virtual machine might display a black screen.

    This issue is resolved.

  • Virtual machine might crash and display an error when powered on if the parallel port is mapped to a physical parallel port

    When a virtual machine is using parallel port and the parallel port is mapped to host OS physical parallel port, after you power on the virtual machine, the virtual machine might crash with following error: VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)

    This issue is resolved.

  • USB devices connected to a DELL Thunderbolt USB dock might not be able to connect to a virtual machine

    When you connect a USB device to a USB dock, such as DELL Thunderbolt, the USB device might not be able to connect to the virtual machine.

    This issue is resolved

  • USB devices connected to some 3.1 xHCI controllers are not available for passthrough on Windows hosts

    On Windows hosts, USB devices connected to some USB 3.1 controllers are not listed when you select VM > Removable Devices. Therefore, the device cannot pass through to the virtual machine.

    This issue is resolved.

  • The Workstation Pro interface might crash when you use the Zoom utility on a Linux host

    For some Linux hosts, for example Ubuntu 18.04, when you use the Zoom utility, the Workstation Pro interface might crash.

    This issue is resolved.

Known Issues

  • Mouse-clicking functionality might stop working in a virtual machine when certain third-party software is installed on the host

    When you install certain software, such as WizMouse, on the host, the mouse-clicking functionality might stop working in virtual machines.

    Workaround:

    1. Power off the virtual machine.
    2. Add the following entry to the .vmx file of the virtual machine:
      mks.win32.processWin32MouseInput = "TRUE"
    3. Power on the virtual machine.