VMware Workstation 16.2.0 Pro | 14 October 2021 | Build 18760230

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

  • This release contains security updates and bug fixes.

  • Vulkan Renderer Support for Intel, AMD, and Nvidia GPUs on Linux 
    Workstation 16.2.0 Pro supports Vulkan renderer on a Linux host with Intel, Nvidia, and AMD GPUs. Vulkan renderer provides support for Direct3D 11 (and earlier) and OpenGL 4.1 (and earlier) in the guest.

    The Vulkan renderer support is limited to the following GPUs:

    • Intel Skylake and later GPUs (for example, Kaby Lake and Ice Lake)

    • AMD RDNA/NAVI14 and later GPUs (for example, the Radeon RX/Pro 5300 and 5500 series)
      Note: Presently, for AMD GPUs, use the AMDVLK driver. You can download the AMDVLK driver from here: https://github.com/GPUOpen-Drivers/AMDVLK/releases

    • Nvidia Turing and later GPUs (for example, the RTX series)
      Note: For pre-Turing GPUs, Workstation will use the legacy OpenGL renderer.

Important Fixes

This release of VMware Workstation Pro addresses the following issue:

  • Implemented clipboard-related security improvements suggested by Albert Priego Bravo of Group-IB.

Product Support Notices

  • The shared virtual machine feature is no longer supported from Workstation 16.2.0 Pro.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation 16 Pro are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:

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