VMware Workstation Pro 14.0 and Fusion 10.0 released

VMware has released Workstation Pro 14 and Fusion 10.

Workstation Pro 14.0

What's new:

  • Windows 10 Creators Update support 
    • VMware Workstation Pro provides the following support for Windows 10 Creators Update:
      • Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a virtual machine
      • Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a host operating system
      • Windows 10 Creators Update Auto Detect and Easy Install
      • Unity support for Windows 10
  • New Guest operating systems support
    • Support has been added for the following operating systems: 
    • Ubuntu 17.04
    • Fedora 26
    • CentOS 7.4
    • RHEL 7.4
    • Debian 9.1
    • Oracle Linux 7.4
    • SLE 12 SP3
    • OpenSUSE 42.3
  • Guest VBS Support
    • Enabling VBS (Virtualization Based Security) within Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 running as guest operating systems is now supported on VMware Workstation. You can have advanced security features like Device Guard and Credential Guard within guest operating systems. 
    • Guest VBS support currently is only supported for Intel CPUs. For best performance, use Intel Skylake generation CPUs and above. 
  • Virtual TPM
    • Workstation 14 Pro now provides a TPM 2.0 compatible virtual Trusted Platform Module for use with advanced security and encryption technologies, such as BitLocker.
  • VMware Hardware Version 14
    • New CPU enablement, including Intel Skylake and AMD Ryzen CPU support.
    • Secure Boot, Workstation 14 Pro introduces Secure Boot support for virtual machines to ensure only trusted code is loaded by the UEFI firmware prior to the OS "handoff" process.
    • Virtual NVMe support Workstation 14 Pro introduces a new virtual NVMe storage controller for improved guest operating system performance on Host SSD drives and support for testing VMware vSAN.  NVMe devices require virtual hardware version 13 / ESXi 6.5 compatibility and later.
  • Advanced Networking
    • Rename Virtual Network (Windows host only), Workstation 14 Pro can rename networks in the Virtual Network Editor for better organization.
    • Network Latency simulation, As well as being able to introduce Packet Loss and Bandwidth caps, Workstation 14 Pro provides new virtual networking controls for introducing incoming and outgoing Latency to virtual machines on a per-NIC basis.
  • ESXi Host Power Operations
    • The following ESXi power operations can now be performed from Workstation 14 Pro:
      • Shutdown
      • Restart
      • Enter/Exit Maintenance Mode
  • Native OVF support
    • With improved OVF/OVA support, Workstation 14 Pro provides an effortless walkthrough to deploy the VMware VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) OVA package for testing and experimentation within Workstation. VCSA6.0 and 6.5 are supported.
  • Scan for Virtual Machines
    • Workstation 14 Pro now allows users to quickly refresh their VM inventory by scanning for virtual machines. It supports VMs on local folders as well as on network shared storage and USB drives.
  • Automatically Suspend Shared Virtual Machines Upon Host Shutdown
    • All running shared virtual machines will be automatically suspended(for both Windows and Linux hosts) or shutdown(Linux hosts only) when the host operating system initiates a shutdown. 
  • Enhanced UI Experience
    • IP Address Display on VM Console,The IP and MAC addresses of a VM are now displayed in the VM information area. VMware Tools 10.1.15 or greater is required.
    • Auto clean up Windows VM disk space, Clean Up Disks now can be automated upon a VM power off. (Windows hosts only)
  • New GTK+ 3 based UI for Linux
    • Linux Workstation UI has been rewritten to support GTK+ 3.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14.0.0/rn/workstation-14-release-notes.html

Fusion 10.0

What's new:

  • New Guest Operating Systems Support
    • Windows 10 Creators Update
    • Ubuntu 17.04
    • Fedora 26
    • RHEL 7.4
    • Debian 9.1
    • OpenSUSE 42.3
    • SLE 12 SP3
    • macOS 10.13
  • Metal Graphics Engine
    • Fusion 10 leverages Apple Metal technology to deliver OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10 to Guest Operating Systems. The Metal graphics engine is enabled by default when using 3D hardware accelerated graphics applications.
      • Metal Host Graphics Rendering Engine Hardware Requirements:
        • MacBook (early 2015)
        • MacBook Air (mid 2012 or newer)
        • MacBook Pro (mid 2012 or newer)
        • Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer)
        • iMac (late 2012 or newer)
        • Mac Pro (late 2013 and newer)
      • Software Requirements:
        • macOS 10.12.5 or later
      • See Apple's documentation regarding Metal supported Macs: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205073
  • Guest VBS Support
    • Fusion 10 provides the necessary virtual hardware platform components to enable Microsoft Virtualization Based Security features in Windows 10 Enterprise Guest Operating Systems and Windows Server 2016. Users can now enable Device Guard, Credential Guard and BitLocker through a combination of technologies such as UEFI Secure Boot, Nested Virtualization improvements and a virtual Trusted Platform Module.
    • For best performance, use Intel Skylake generation CPUs and above. 
  • Virtual TPM
    • Fusion 10 now provides a TPM 2.0 compatible virtual Trusted Platform Module for use with advanced security and encryption technologies,  such as BitLocker.
  • VMware Hardware version 14
    • Secure Boot, Fusion 10 introduces UEFI Secure Boot support for virtual machines. UEFI Secure Boot is a mechanism ensuring only trusted code is loaded by the UEFI firmware prior to the OS "handoff" process, and is required by VBS.
    • Virtual NVMe support, Fusion 10 introduces a new virtual NVMe storage controller. NVMe devices require virtual hardware version 13 and later.
  • Fusion REST API
    • The Fusion REST API in Fusion 10 Pro can perform virtual machine operations like VM inventory management, VM power management, cloning, networking, configuration, IP address gathering, and more by leveraging a REST-based HTTP or HTTPS interface with standard JSON output via a Swagger.io framework. Fusion REST API enables a "headless", local or remote operation, and does not require the Fusion UI process to be running in order to function.
  • Touch Bar Support
    • Fusion 10 supports MacBook Pro models equipped with the new Touch Bar interface by providing contextual shortcuts for common VM tasks.
  • Native OVF support
    • With improved OVF/OVA support, Fusion 10 provides an effortless walkthrough to deploy the VMware VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) OVA package for testing within Fusion 10.
  • Advanced Virtual Networking
    • Fusion Pro can now simulate degraded networks by introducing Packet Loss, Latency and Bandwidth caps. In addition, Fusion now provides the ability to configure Port Forwarding, and also allows for custom network names for better organization.
  • Auto-scan for new virtual machines
    • Fusion now allows users to quickly refresh their VM inventory by scanning for virtual machines. It supports VMs on local folders as well as on network shared storage and USB drives.
  • Manual Resolution Setting
    • Per-virtual machine control to set a specific resolution to the guest
    • Choose between common resolutions derived from the capabilities of the host, such as Retina vs. standard resolutions, and change between them with a single click
  • Remote ESXi Host Power Operations
    • The following remote ESXi power operations can now be performed from Fusion Pro:
      • Shutdown
      • Restart
      • Enter/Exit Maintenance Mode
  • Optimized User Experience
    • Overall User Interface look and feel improvements
    • New "Information" area for each VM within the VM Library window to display IP and MAC address of the VM, the version of the guest operating system and kernel information.
    • New design for New VM wizard
    • Auto Disk cleanup

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Fusion/10.0/rn/fusion-100-release-notes.html

 

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