Leading Edge Mac Virtualization

VMware Fusion 8 Pro delivers Mac virtualization for advanced users and IT Pros, leading-edge features for developers, and is ideal for Macs in businesses that want to ensure compatibility with Windows.

 

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Fusion Pro Overview

Fusion Pro takes virtualization on the Mac to the next level with features for advanced users, developers and IT administrators.

WHAT’S NEW

Professionals Run Windows on Mac with Fusion Pro

Fusion 8 Pro lets Mac users take advantage of Windows 10 features like the all new Edge browser, or strike up a conversation with Cortana, the all-new personal digital assistant, even while Fusion is running in the background. With support for over 200 operating systems including Windows 10, Fusion 8 Pro delivers unsurpassed platform compatibility and integration with the VMware ecosystem.

Expiring Virtual Machines

For workers assigned to short-term projects, temporary employees, or for a software evaluation, create restricted virtual machines that expire at a predefined date and time. When powered on, the virtual machine will query the server at specified time intervals, storing the current system time in the restricted virtual machine's policy file as the last trusted timestamp. An expired virtual machine will automatically suspend and will not restart without administrator intervention.

Ready for the Future, Today

Fusion 8 Pro is ready for OS X El Capitan. Install El Capitan in a virtual machine to test its new features, capabilities and compatibility with your applications without disrupting the host Mac. With under-the-hood performance improvements and overall smarter design, Fusion 8 Pro and El Capitan together introduce new ways to be more productive while delivering a snappier and more fluid experience when running Windows on the Mac.

Take Fusion to the Cloud

Fusion 8 Pro now provides a connection to VMware vCloud Air, as well as improving integration with vSphere, ESXi, and Workstation servers, allowing you to extend and scale your virtual machines in a compatible cloud. With a common platform powering the VMware ecosystem, Fusion Pro can easily connect to remote environments to launch, access console, upload or download virtual machines directly from your Mac. Fusion 8 Pro also supports OVF import and export to leverage compatibility with industry standards. This allows technical professionals to work with local and remote virtual machines side by side for optimal flexibility, bringing the power of the vSphere data center and vCloud Air to the Mac.

See the Difference

Powerful Virtual Machines, Powerful Graphics.

Fusion 8 Pro is optimized for the highest density 4K, 5K and Retina displays to give you a crisp and detailed view of your Windows applications. Experience more fluid graphics for every application with newly added DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 capabilities. Everyday applications like Office, as well as highly demanding 3D applications such as AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS, run more smoothly than ever.


Create powerful virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB virtual disks, and up to 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding applications. You can also give graphics-intensive applications an additional boost by allocating up to 2GB of video memory to a virtual machine.  

Near-Native Performance

Built on top of VMware’s enterprise-class 64-bit engine, Fusion 8 Pro is engineered from the bottom up to deliver a near-native experience for your virtual environments. With a marked 3x performance increase for suspend and resume functions when working with encrypted volumes, you can restore secure Windows environments faster than ever. Whether you are doing CPU intensive operations like encryption/decryption, multimedia or code compilation, or if you are using Office and productivity applications day-to-day, Fusion 8 Pro delivers maximum performance by leveraging the latest in Mac hardware technology, faster PCIe-based storage and overall greater power and efficiency under the hood.

Build Complex Virtual Networks

With improved IPv6 support, including IPv6 Network Address Translation, you can create more complex networking topologies. Add and remove virtual IPv4 or IPv6 networks and create custom virtual networking configurations, ideal for testing and demonstration environments without impacting the Mac's network configuration. With updated networking controls and compatibility with the VMware ecosystem, Fusion 8 Pro users can recreate complex cloud architectures right on the Mac to validate design before implementation.

Built for Developers

Fusion 8 Pro speaks to developers with powerful integrations from the most innovative software technologies. Easily push workloads into the cloud from Fusion Pro with vCloud Air integration or deploy a VMware Project Photon virtual machine to run containers from Docker, rkt or Garden, ensuring maximum compatibility with the VMware ecosystem. Use modern tools such as Chef, Hashicorp Vagrant or docker-machine to automate virtual machine and container deployment, or build Universal apps for Windows 10 devices without ever leaving the Mac.

Snapshots and Linked Clones

With Fusion 8 Pro it’s easy to safeguard and protect virtual machines. The Snapshot feature preserves the state of a virtual machine so users can return to it at any time, allowing users to upgrade to new operating systems like Windows 10 without any risk. The Clone feature makes duplicating Fusion Pro virtual machines easy. Full or Linked clones allow you to make unlimited copies of a virtual machine from an installation and configuration baseline. Linked clones are the fastest, easiest, and most efficient way to duplicate complex setups for testing and custom demos.

Simplify License Management

Buying and managing Fusion 8 Pro licenses is easy. Purchase licenses in volume and configure them so your end users are productive using Windows on a Mac from their first power-on. Use the My VMware licensing portal to easily manage all your license keys and support entitlements. Merge license keys together, break them apart or downgrade them to an earlier release, as you see fit.

Restricted Virtual Machines

Create and control policies around your virtual machines and deliver applications to end-users in a Fusion 8 Pro restricted virtual machine container. Ensure corporate compliance by restricting access to virtual machine settings like drag-and-drop and cut-and-paste, disabling shared folders, and restricting access to USB devices. Restricted virtual machines are encrypted and password-protected to ensure that unauthorized users are unable to tamper with the corporate virtual machines settings, data, or the virtual machine itself.

Take Fusion on the Go

With up to 65% improved performance with OpenGL applications, and up to 15% improvement for DirectX 9, Fusion 8 Pro takes full advantage of the powerful hardware found in the latest Macs. For MacBook Pros with a discrete and an integrated GPU, Fusion 8 Pro will automatically use the most appropriate GPU depending on the task at hand, activating the more powerful discrete GPU for demanding 3D applications or using the integrated GPU when performing day-to-day tasks. For added control users can manually specify the GPU to use, or let Fusion 8 Pro automatically decide, providing you the best performance while least impacting your battery life. Your virtual machine is automatically suspended when you close the lid, preventing any battery drain while you’re on the go. With advanced resolution handling and display topology detection, you can trust that when your MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro is connected to an external display that Windows will look as crisp as can be. If your Mac has a native Retina display or is connected to a 4K display, you’ll get a seamless experience even when running virtual machines across Retina and non-Retina displays.

Plugged in to Your World

Enhancements for applications such as Skype or Microsoft Lync enable Macs equipped with a FaceTime or iSight camera to conduct high-quality video conferences within a Windows virtual machine. Fusion 8 Pro also enables fast file transfer with USB 3.0 support, supports HD audio with 5.1 surround sound, and supports Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology.

Enable Macs in Business

IT organizations today can take advantage of the BYOD trend by providing internal users with approved corporate Windows desktops as secure, policy-based virtual machines. Take a new approach to delivering IT-blessed desktops to end-user Macs by using restricted virtual machines with VMware Fusion 8 Pro. Enforce corporate security policy-based capabilities such as encryption, virtual machine lease times or expiration, or even prevent users from modifying the virtual machine’s internals or configuration.

Single Virtual Machine Mode

Fusion 8 Pro can further reduce the cost of supporting Windows desktops with single virtual machine mode, which limits user access to the Virtual Machine library, eliminates the ability to create new virtual machines, and reduces menu options. If you are running an IT department and need mass deployment options, this is the best option on the Mac.

FEATURES

State of the Art Desktop Virtualization for Mac

Fusion Pro’s leading edge features help you tackle complex tasks on your Mac by letting you run applications on many operating systems, including Windows and Linux, at the same time on the same Mac without rebooting. Evaluate new operating systems and test software applications, patches or reference architectures in an isolated and safe environment that is also compatible with VMware vSphere. Fusion 8 Pro even integrates with VMware vCloud Air, the cloud service by VMware, bringing even more cloud management capabilities to the Mac desktop.

Create Powerful Virtual Machines

With the ability to allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory or graphics memory to each virtual machine, Fusion Pro maximizes your Mac’s resources to run the most demanding applications in a virtual environment. Whether developing software, testing new operating systems or running powerful 3D applications like AutoCad or SolidWorks, Fusion Pro can do it all.

There’s a Reason it’s Called Fusion “Pro”

Fusion Pro takes virtualization on the Mac to the next level with professional features designed to help users save precious time and effort on a variety of tasks. Added cloud support for VMware vCloud Air and VMware vSphere allows you to bring the power of the enterprise hybrid cloud to your Mac. With the ability to create linked clones to save disk space, set up custom IPv4 and IPv6 networking configurations with the network editor or connect to vSphere to create, run, upload or download a virtual machine, Fusion Pro is the ultimate tool for today’s technical professionals.

From Your Mac to the Cloud

Use Fusion Pro to connect to VMware vCloud Air, the public cloud service by VMware, to securely manage and download cloud workloads, or run an entire cloud environment directly on your Mac, all from within VMware Fusion 8 Pro. Leverage the cloud to share virtual machines with anyone in your organization for tests, analysis or demonstrations. Fusion Pro can also connect to, create and run virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere. Download virtual machines from VMware vSphere and turn them into local Fusion Pro virtual machines or upload local virtual machines to vSphere directly from Fusion Pro.

Take Control of Your Virtual Machines

Fusion Pro gives technical professionals powerful control over how to set up and interact with virtual machines. Choose from a wide variety of options when installing, protecting, connecting, sharing and viewing virtual machines. You can even create virtual machines that are encrypted, require a change of password or expire at a predefined date and time. Leverage the Snapshot feature to preserve the state of a virtual machine so you can return to it at any time.

VMware Fusion is Designed for Advanced Users

With the ability to assign 64GB of memory, 16 virtual processors and 2GB of graphics memory per virtual machine, Fusion Pro delivers leading edge features for running Windows on a Mac. And, with innovative tools such as linked clones, virtual network editor with IPv6 support, and connectivity to vSphere or vCloud Air clouds, Fusion Pro is the perfect tool for advanced users on the Mac.

COMPARE FUSION 8 PRO

See how Fusion 8 Pro compares to the previous version – Fusion 7 Pro, to the consumer edition - Fusion 8, the Enterprise version – Horizon FLEX, and the competition – Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition.

Features
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Optimized for Windows® 10
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Designed for El Capitan
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Migrate Windows 10 PC
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features DirectX 10
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features OpenGL 3.3
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Advanced Resolution Handling for mixed display environments
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features USB 3 for Windows 7 guests
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features IPv6 NAT support
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Improved Audio engine w/ enhancements for Skype/Lync VoIP calls
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Improved vSphere Integration
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Built-in vCloud Air integration
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Suspend/Resume performance improvement
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Hardware Version 12 Support
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Improved guest OS compatibility
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features User Experience enhancements
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Over 60 new features
VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Support for Windows 10
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Ready for El Capitan
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Project Photon as Guest
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Create linked clones
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Virtual network editor
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Access virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere, vCloud Air, ESXi or Workstation Pro
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Upload or download virtual machines to vSphere, ESXi or Workstation Pro
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Upload virtual machine to vCloud Air
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Updated Resource Chart for multiple ESXi hosts
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features OVF Export
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Create per virtual machine hot keys
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Create restricted virtual machines
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Create expiring virtual machines
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Single virtual machine mode for managed environments
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features Eligible for VMware Basic and Production Support
VMware Fusion 8
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Features
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Common Fusion / Workstation hypervisor
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Supports VMware hardware version 12
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Run virtual machines on a Mac
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Run virtual machines on Windows
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Central management capabilities
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Remote policy enforcement
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Desktop deployment & entitlement
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Remote virtual machine wipe
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features Integration with Active Directory
VMware Fusion Pro
VMware Horizon FLEX
Features
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Perpetual license
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Create restricted virtual machines for Mac, Windows and Linux
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features VMware licensing portal
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Create expiring virtual machines
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Linked clones
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Advanced Network Setup with IPv6 NAT
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features OpenGL 3.3
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Support for up to 2GB of video memory per virtual machine
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Access virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere, ESXi or Workstation Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Upload or download virtual machines to vSphere, ESXi or Workstation Pro
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Compatible with VMware portfolio
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features ESXi in a virtual machine
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Virtualization technology used by 97% of Fortune 1000 companies
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Features Optional World Class VMware Support
VMware Fusion 8 Pro
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition

TECH SPECS

Minimum System Requirements

  • Any 64-bit capable Intel® Mac® (Compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors or better)
  • Minimum 4GB of RAM
  • 750MB free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5GB for each virtual machine
  • Mac OS X 10.9.0 or later
  • Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines
  • Microsoft Windows is not included with VMware Fusion
  • Recommended graphics hardware for Windows DirectX 10 or OpenGL 3.3 includes NVIDIA 8600M or better and ATI 2600 or better 

Supported Guest Operating Systems

More than 200 operating systems are supported. A complete list of supported host and guest operating systems is available at http://www.vmware.com/go/fusionoperatingsystems.

FAQS

VMware Fusion

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What programs can I run with VMware Fusion?

VMware Fusion lets you run more than 200 operating systems as virtual machines, including Windows XP through Windows 8. Nearly all programs that run on these operating systems will run with VMware Fusion. Programs can range from common productivity suites such as Microsoft Office for Windows, to graphic intensive programs such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks.

Can I play 3D games in a virtual machine?

Yes, VMware Fusion 8 has 3D accelerated graphics support, allowing you to play most games that require DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 3 or OpenGL 2.1 in Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 virtual machines.

Do I need Apple's Boot Camp to install VMware Fusion?

Boot Camp is not required to run Windows on a Mac with VMware Fusion. However, if you already have Windows installed as a Boot Camp partition, VMware Fusion can easily create a Windows virtual machine based on your Boot Camp Windows installation. This will allow you to run Windows programs side-by-side with your Mac applications without having to reboot your Mac.

Fusion with Windows

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Can I convert my old Windows PC into a virtual machine for VMware Fusion?

Yes, VMware Fusion includes a simple Migration Assistant for Windows that allows you to quickly and easily move your entire PC to your Mac as a virtual machine. Install a simple application on your PC, connect it to your Mac, and VMware Fusion will detect your PC and take care of the rest.

Do I need a copy of Windows to run VMware Fusion?

Yes. VMware Fusion requires the installation of an operating system in order to function. The operating system is not included with the purchase of VMware Fusion. You can either migrate an existing copy of Windows from your old PC or install a new one. In order to run a Windows virtual machine, you must have a licensed copy of that Windows operating system or purchase a new Windows license.

Virtual Machine Compatibility

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Can I run multiple virtual machines on a Mac at the same time?

Yes, you can run as many virtual machines concurrently with VMware Fusion 8 as your system’s RAM will support. In fact, VMware Fusion leverages patented memory-sharing techniques to drastically reduce the memory required to run multiple virtual machines at the same time.

How many virtual machines can I create from a single VMware Fusion license?

You can create an unlimited number of virtual machines from a single VMware Fusion license. You will need to provide the required operating system software and license for each installation of a virtual machine.

Can I run 64-bit virtual machines?

Yes, VMware Fusion allows you to create and run 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines. However, you can only run 64-bit guest operating systems on Macs with 64-bit Intel processors (Core 2 Duo, Xeon or later processors).

Downloads and Trials

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Can I convert my trial license to a permanent license?

After the evaluation period has expired, you will be prompted to enter a license key. If you have purchased the product you will have received a new license key. Enter the purchased license key when prompted to unlock the full "unlimited" version of the software. To take advantage of complimentary email support for up to 18 months, your license key must be registered. If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

Do I need to download VMware Fusion again if I am converting my trial license to a full license?

No. You simply need to update your license key in VMware Fusion. You can do this from the "VMware Fusion" menu, click on "License" and enter your new license key.

Where do I download free "minor" updates?

VMware Fusion will prompt you for updates automatically. To manually check for updates, click on the "VMware Fusion" drop down menu in VMware Fusion and choose "Check for Updates."

Licensing and Upgrades

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How do I license my copy of VMware Fusion?

To license VMware Fusion, simply enter a purchased license key during product installation in the license key field. Alternatively, you can enter your serial / license key from the "VMware Fusion" drop down menu in the product. Choose "License" in the drop down menu, enter the serial / license key and choose "OK."

Complimentary email support is activated as soon as your VMware Fusion license key is registered. If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased VMware Fusion from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

How do I register my copy of VMware Fusion with VMware?

If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

I have an active SnS contract for VMware Fusion Pro. When can I expect to receive the new version?

Customers with an active Support and Subscription (SnS) contract with an end date on or after General Availability (August 25, 2015) are eligible for a free upgrade. Follow the instructions provided in this KB article to upgrade your license key(s). 

After receiving your license key(s), you can download VMware Fusion 8 software from the Fusion Download page

Upgrades will be available on My VMware shortly after VMware Fusion 8 becomes publicly available.

What if I have an older version of VMware Fusion, am I eligible to buy an upgrade?

Customers with older VMware Fusion versions (1.x, 2.x, 3.x, 4.x and 5.x) will need to purchase a new license.

Support

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When does complimentary support start?

Complimentary support starts when your VMware Fusion license is registered. Registration takes place automatically if you purchase your product from the VMware Online store. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to register your license in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

How long does complimentary support last?

Complimentary support for VMware Fusion and VMware Fusion Pro is valid for 18 months from product registration.

Can I use a support incident for different versions of Fusion, for example versions 7 and 8?

Yes, you can purchase support incidents and open a support request for any product version that is still officially supported by VMware.

What is the support period for VMware Fusion?

VMware Fusion follows the Personal Desktop lifecycle policy. Please refer to our lifecycle policies for detailed information and end of support dates.