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Notes on VMware Fusion Version 1.0rc1, Build 50460

Build 50460 is a release candidate build of VMware Fusion.

The release notes contain the following:

Key Features of VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion for Mac is a desktop application that lets you create and run virtual machines on your Intel-based Mac. VMware's first product for the new Intel Macs makes it easier than ever to take advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of virtual machines. VMware Fusion provides an intuitive user interface for creating virtual machines, and for running preconfigured virtual machines created with VMware Workstation, VMware Server, and ESX Server. With VMware Fusion, you can run your favorite Windows applications on your Mac. You can also download virtual machines from the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) Website, which has a growing library of virtual appliances with a wide range of pre-installed and preconfigured applications and operating systems.

Features of VMware Fusion:

  • You can use 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems in VMware Fusion virtual machines. VMware Fusion supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems in virtual machines.
  • Your virtual machines can have multiple virtual processors, taking advantage of the Intel Core Duo chips in today's newest Intel Macs.
  • VMware Fusion supports high-speed USB 2.0 for a huge range of devices. Even devices that do not have drivers for Mac OS X will work in a virtual machine.
  • Virtual machines seamlessly integrate with your Mac: you can cut and paste text between your Mac and your virtual machines, drag and drop files, and create shared folders on your computer so you can easily share files and folders.
  • Unity view displays your Windows virtual machine applications directly on your Mac desktop. The virtual machine window is hidden, and your virtual machine applications are displayed in the Mac dock, so you can use them just as you use your native Mac applications. See Using Unity View.
  • You can burn CDs or DVDs to your Mac's rewritable optical drive from within your virtual machine.

What's New in Release Candidate 1

VMware Fusion is now feature complete and driving for general availability prior to the end of August. This release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following new features and feature improvements:

  • Unity Improvements: the seamless way to run Windows applications on your Mac:
    • Drag and Drop: Drag and drop files from Finder windows onto Windows applications or Windows Explorer windows.
    • Launch Windows applications from the VMware Fusion dock icon: Control-click or right-click the VMware Fusion dock icon, select your virtual machine and get access to the Launch Application window and the complete Programs menu for that virtual machine.
    • Unity support extended to more versions of Windows: This release provides experimental support for Unity on Windows 2000, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit).
    • Improvements to Launch Applications window and Application menu: Windows program icons now appear in the Launch Applications window and the Applications menu. Note: Beta 4 and Beta 4.1 users need to manually delete the hidden Unity Windows Applications folder for each Unity Virtual Machine. See Using Unity View.
    • Numerous bugs involving keyboard issues, display redrawing, minimizing to the dock, and window ordering have also been fixed in this release.
    • New hidden option to always show the Windows task bar in Unity. To enable this option, see Using Unity View.
  • Better Mac Integration
    • VMware Fusion is now compatible with system-wide keyboard shortcuts: You can now use Command Tab, Exposť, and your favorite keyboard shortcuts like Control-Space for Quicksilver and LaunchBar when a virtual machine is grabbed or in full screen view. You can also hide VMware Fusion when grabbed or in Full Screen or Unity view.
    • You can disable OS keyboard and mouse shortcuts separately in VMware Fusion > Preferences so all keyboard and mouse input goes directly to the virtual machine.
    • Use Control and Command-Click to support multi-button mouse: VMware Fusion now supports Control-Click to send a right mouse click and Command-Click to send a middle mouse click to your virtual machines.
    • Alt-Gr now supported on European keyboards. The right Enter key is remapped to Alt-Gr on Mac laptops. This is overridden when Num Lock is used to enable for numeric keypad support. To disable this feature, see Tips on using the Mac Keyboards.
  • Improved Boot Camp performance — This release improves disk performance in Boot Camp virtual machines, which shortens boot time and makes applications launch more quickly. Note: VMware recommends that you let VMware Fusion create a new Boot Camp virtual machine for your existing partition to obtain the best settings and performance.
  • Experimental 3D support restored for Intel GMA 950 graphics cards — Back by popular demand: users with Intel GMA 950 graphics can re-enable experimental 3D support. However, you are now warned that Intel GMA 950 does not fully support OpenGL 1.4 and that you may encounter issues
  • Improved experimental support for running on Mac OS X Leopard — Addressed in Beta 4.1, but VMware Fusion now installs and runs on the WWDC Mac OS X Leopard release.
  • Fixed USB problems when running on Mac OS X 10.4.10 and later — Addressed in Beta 4.1, VMware Fusion has been updated to support the latest USB stack introduced with the Santa Rosa MacBook Pros and with Mac OS X 10.4.10.
  • Improved resume from suspended state — Virtual machines now resume completely in the foreground to get you up and running as quickly as possible with complete speed in your virtual machines.
  • Optimize memory use for your needs — You can now choose to optimize memory usage for either virtual disk performance or for Mac OS X application use. In most cases for regular use and disk-intensive applications, the default to optimize for virtual disk use is ideal and improves performance. If you are low on memory or have memory-intensive Mac applications, choose to optimize memory for Mac OS X applications.
  • Other improvements
    • Option to force grab the guest — Use Command-G or Virtual Machine > Grab Input to move your mouse and keyboard focus to the virtual machine.
    • Option to reset all warnings and hidden messages

Note: After upgrading to the VMware Fusion RC1 release, make sure to upgrade VMware Tools in all your virtual machines. The enhancements in VMware Fusion RC1 require the latest version of VMware Tools. You must restart VMware Fusion after upgrading VMware Tools, to ensure that the Applications menu is correctly populated.

What's New in Beta 4.1

This beta 4.1 refresh release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following new features and feature improvements:

  • Support for USB on Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pros and all Intel Macs with 10.4.10 and later — Changes in OS X 10.4.10 and Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pros require the changes in this VMware Fusion Beta 4.1 release to maintain USB support.
  • Improved experimental support for running VMware Fusion on Mac OS X Leopard hosts — Various issues with installation, launch, and networking have been resolved.

What's New in Beta 4

New and Improved Features in Beta 4

This Beta 4 release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following new features and feature improvements:

  • Unity — The seamless way to run Windows applications: Run Windows XP applications alongside your favorite Mac applications and switch between any open application with command-tab or Exposť. Leave the Windows desktop and Start menu behind and use the VMware Fusion Launch palette to quickly find and launch your Windows applications. Save your favorite Windows applications to the Mac OS X Dock. Even use familiar Mac keyboard shortcuts to seamlessly copy and paste between Windows and Mac applications. See Using Unity View.
  • Boot Camp improvements — You no longer have to choose between Windows or Mac-run Windows XP with Mac OSX off your existing Boot Camp partition. Beta 4 adds experimental support for Microsoft Vista, greatly improves Boot Camp partition detection, and when you are running the Boot Camp partition in a virtual machine, VMware Fusion automatically updates the Boot Camp partition to use drivers that are optimized for your virtual machine.
  • Improved performance — Virtual machines boot faster and applications launch faster from virtual hard disks. Interactive performance is improved over previous betas and VMware Fusion now uses Apple's multithreaded OpenGL engine for improved performance.
  • Improved user experience — The toolbar is greatly enhanced and is now completely customizable. To make the display less cluttered and easier to use, the virtual hardware buttons have been moved from the toolbar to the status bar. The virtual machine hardware editor is a now sheet attached to the virtual machine you are editing.

What's New in Beta 3

New and Improved Features in Beta 3

This Beta 3 release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following new features and feature improvements:

  • Greatly improved performance — By popular demand, you can now disable debugging code to experience the full power and performance that VMware Fusion offers for running your favorite PC applications.
  • Support for Boot Camp — VMware Fusion automatically detects your Boot Camp partition, so you can now run a Windows XP virtual machine from your existing Boot Camp partition. You no longer have to choose Windows or Mac: you can now run Windows side-by-side with your favorite Mac applications. Note: For this Beta 3 release, Windows Vista is not supported; only Windows XP is supported.
  • Windows Easy Install — You want to run Windows applications, but you don't want to become a guru just to install Windows. VMware Fusion has you covered; just answer a few simple questions, insert your Windows CD and let VMware Fusion take care of the rest and automatically create the optimal Windows virtual machine for your Mac, including the installation of VMware Tools.
  • Virtual machine packages — Virtual machines are now encapsulated in a single, easy-to-manage package. Move your virtual machines to another hard drive or Mac simply by copying a file.
  • Enhanced virtual machine creation — The entire virtual machine creation process has been streamlined, and the new Windows Easy Install feature makes creating a virtual machine even easier than before. The New Virtual Machine Assistant remembers the location you choose for future virtual machine creation.
  • Enhanced virtual machine library — Managing multiple virtual machines is even easier with the Virtual Machine Library. Add new virtual machines by just dragging them into the Library, reorder virtual machines with drag and drop, and use the delete key on the Keyboard to remove virtual machines from the library. Open a Virtual Machine without powering it on, using the new Settings button, which opens a virtual machine directly to the Hardware Editor.
  • Host-Only Networking — Host-Only networking creates a network that is completely contained within your Mac, with a network connection between the virtual machine and your Mac. Use host-only networking to set up an isolated virtual network.
  • Improved suspend/shutdown state — When a virtual machine is suspended, VMware Fusion shows a screenshot of the last known state of the virtual machine and a friendly play button so you can get up and running again quickly.
  • Improved hardware editor — Settings for virtual hardware are now complete: you can remove virtual hardware from the hardware editor when virtual machines are powered off.
  • Improved international support — European and Japanese Apple keyboards now work properly in virtual machines.

Bugs Fixed in Beta 3

This Beta 3 release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • Improved networking performance — In some cases, networking in earlier beta versions was slow with single-processor virtual machines. VMware Fusion Beta 3 solves this problem and greatly improves performance in this case.
  • Virtual networking no longer fills system logs — VMware Fusion Beta 2 wireless networking added many entries to the system log. This Beta 3 release resolves this issue.

In addition to the improvements listed above, this Beta 3 release fixes numerous bugs to greatly improve the stability and performance of VMware Fusion.

What's New in Beta 2

New and Improved Features in Beta 2

This Beta 2 release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following new features and feature improvements:

  • Experimental 3-D graphics support — Play a selection of DirectX 8.1 games in Windows XP Service Pack 2 virtual machines.
  • Snapshot feature — Roll back your virtual machine to a known good state when something goes wrong in your virtual machineófor example, when your virtual machine picks up a virus, or when a software upgrade causes problems.
  • Improved networking — Automatically bridge to the computerís primary network interface.
    Full support for Airport wireless networking, including virtual machines behind a NAT firewall and bridged to the local Airport network.
    Support for up to ten virtual network interfaces
  • Improved Microsoft Vista support — Support for Microsoft Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.
    Complete VMware Tools support for Microsoft Vista including copy/paste, dragging and dropping files, shared folders, and screen resizing.
  • Improved hardware editor — Add additional virtual hard drives to a virtual machine for needed capacity.
    View the physical computer's battery status in the virtual machine.
  • Improved full screen mode — Support for plugging and unplugging displays while virtual machines are in full screen mode.
    Improved usability: an on-screen tip shows how to enter and exit full screen mode easily.
  • Experimental support for Mac OS X Leopard — You can now install and run VMware Fusion on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). Support is experimental because Mac OS X 10.5 is not yet released. VMware Fusion will support the release version of OS X 10.5 in the final VMware Fusion release.

Bugs Fixed in Beta 2

This Beta 2 release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • Improved keyboard and mouse support — Third-party graphics tablets, keyboards, and mice no longer interfere with keyboard and mouse input.
    Support for plugging and unplugging input devices while virtual machines are running.
    Support for using VMware Fusion with remote access applications such as VNC, Synergy, and Remote Desktop.
  • Improved CD/DVD support
  • Better support for mounting and unmounting discs in virtual machines
  • Quicken Scheduler corrupts keyboard and mouse input in virtual machines — Offer workaround to disable Quicken Scheduler when it is detected.

In addition to the improvements listed above, this Beta 2 release fixes numerous bugs to greatly improve the stability of VMware Fusion.

Games Compatible with VMware Fusion Experimental 3-D Acceleration

VMware testing has determined that the following games, running in Windows XP Service Pack 2 virtual machines, are playable with VMware Fusion experimental 3-D acceleration:

  • Aliens vs. Predator Demo
  • Breath of Fire IV
  • Grand Theft Auto III    (Tip: Set the Display Setup option Trails to OFF.)
  • Hitman 2
  • Lord of the Realms III
  • Max Payne 1
  • Max Payne 2
  • Need for Speed Porsche Demo
  • RalliSport Challenge
  • Tony Hawk 3
  • X-2 Rolling Demo

The fixed-function tests in 3dMark2001 operate successfully in Windows XP Service Pack 2 virtual machines with VMware Fusion experimental 3-D acceleration.

VMware Fusion does not support 3-D acceleration in Unity view. For 3-D applications, use Single Window or Full Screen view.

Customizing the virtual machine's mouse settings for playing games
Most games require some custom mouse settings to work correctly. These settings lock the mouse to the virtual machine when you are running a game. Note: these settings will affect the performance of the mouse and disable the ability to move the mouse between the virtual machine and your Mac. The setting in the user's preference file will also prevent the use of the drag-and-drop feature from all virtual machines to the host machine. Remove the settings to revert back to default behavior.

To customize the virtual machine's mouse settings for playing games, use TextEdit to make the following changes while the virtual machine is powered off:

  • In the virtual machine directory, add the following line to the end of the virtual machine's configuration (.vmx) file:
    vmmouse.present = "FALSE"
  • In your home directory, add the following line to the end of the file ~/Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/preferences:
    pref.motionUngrab = "FALSE"

These configuration settings do not take effect until you shut down the virtual machine, quit VMware Fusion, and then restart VMware Fusion and the virtual machine.

Note: The configuration file setting vmmouse.present = "FALSE" and the preference file setting pref.motionUngrab = "FALSE" are incompatible with Unity view. To use Unity view, change the configuration file settings for vmmouse.present and pref.motionUngrab to "TRUE" or delete the lines from the configuration file.

Also Note: When you edit a virtual machine's configuration (.vmx) file, if you copy and paste text from a browser into the file using TextEdit, VMware Fusion might be unable to open the resulting .vmx file, because some applications (like Firefox) add legacy Mac characters (carriage returns) at the end of each line. This release of VMware Fusion requires Mac OS X characters (line feeds) at the end of each line, and cannot understand legacy Mac characters. To work around this problem, convert the legacy end-of-line characters in the .vmx file to Mac OS X end-of-line characters:

  1. Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities.
  2. Type
    nano "~/Virtual Machines/vm-dir/vm-name.vmx"
    where vm-dir and vm-name are the path and name of your .vmx file, and press Enter.
  3. When nano loads, type Control-O, and press Enter. This converts the legacy end-of-line characters to Mac OS X end-of-line characters.
  4. Type Control-X to exit.

Download VMware Fusion and Virtual Machines

You can download VMware Fusion for Mac, and obtain a beta-use serial number, at
www.vmware.com/mac.

You can download a Getting Started Guide for VMware Fusion for Mac at
http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/fusion/fusion_getting_started_100.pdf..

You can download virtual machines to use with VMware Fusion for Mac at
www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/.

Before You Begin

Install antivirus software in Windows virtual machines before you connect networking.
Connecting a Windows virtual machine to a network exposes the virtual machine to any active viruses present in the network. VMware recommends that you install antivirus software in any Windows virtual machine before you connect networking. Note that VMware Fusion's default network connection type for new virtual machines is NAT, which will prevent the spread of viruses over the network into the virtual machine, and will only expose the virtual machine to external viruses through browser security flaws when you browse the Internet.

Tips and Tricks

Tips on using the Mac keyboard
If you are unfamiliar with Mac keyboards, the following tips will help you send keystrokes that you know from PC keyboards to virtual machines:

  • To send the Ctrl-Alt-Delete keystroke combination to a virtual machine, do one of the following:
    • From the Virtual Machine menu, select Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
    • If you are using an external PC keyboard, press Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
    • On a full-sized Mac keyboard, press Control-Option-. The (Forward Delete) key is below the Help key.
    • On a Mac laptop keyboard, press Fn-Ctrl-Option-Delete.
  • The delete key on Apple keyboards is actually the backspace key to all other operating systems. To send the Del key to a virtual machine:
    • On a MacBook or MacBook Pro keyboard, press Fn-Delete.
    • On a full-sized Mac keyboard, press . The (Forward Delete) key is below the Help key.
  • Mac keyboards do not have an obvious Insert key. To send the Insert key to a virtual machine:
    • On a MacBook or MacBook Pro keyboard, press Fn-M.
    • On a full-sized Mac keyboard, press the Help key.
  • Mac keyboards do not have a PRINT SCREEN key. To send the PRINT SCREEN key to a virtual machine, on a full-sized Mac keyboard, press F13.

  • U.S. Mac keyboards do not have an AltGr key. To send the AltGr key to a virtual machine, on a full-sized Mac keyboard, press the right Option key.
    Alt-Gr is supported on European MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards. The Enter key next to the right Command key (otherwise known as the numeric pad Enter key) is remapped to Alt-Gr on Mac laptops. This is overridden when Num Lock is used to enable for numeric keypad support. Note: To disable this feature, open the file ~/Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/preferences in a text editor and add the following line:
    pref.mapISONumpadEnterToAltGrEnabled = "FALSE"

Using Unity view

Unity view works only after you install the latest version of VMware Tools in the virtual machine and reboot.
For this version of VMware Fusion, if you do not reboot the virtual machine after installing VMware Tools, the Applications menu might not be populated.

If you experience display problems in Unity view, try the following:

  1. Press Option-Tab (Alt-Tab) to switch windows.
  2. If the problem persists, switch to Single Window view and then switch back to Unity view.
  3. If the problem persists, suspend and resume the virtual machine.
  4. If the problem persists, reboot the virtual machine.

Note the following known issues with VMware Fusion support of Unity view in Microsoft Windows Vista virtual machines:

  • The Start button always appears in the bottom left corners of the main monitor.
  • The Windows Sidebar shows through the Windows background. For the best experience, VMware recommends that you disable the Windows Sidebar when you use Unity view.

If you are upgrading to this release from the Beta 4 or Beta 4.1 release, manually delete the hidden Unity Windows Applications folder for each Unity Virtual Machine.
To delete the Unity Applications folder:

  1. Power off the virtual machine.
  2. Control-click or right-click the virtual machine in the Finder and select Show Package Contents.
  3. Locate the Applications folder, move this folder to the Trash, and empty the Trash.
  4. Power on the virtual machine

VMware Fusion provides a hidden option that displays the Windows task bar in Unity view. To enable this option:

  1. Make sure that Windows Explorer is set to display hidden files and folders.
  2. In the Windows guest, go to: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Tools.
  3. Open the file tools.conf in a text editor such as Notepad.
  4. Add the following line to tools.conf:
    unity.showTaskbar = "true"
  5. Save and close tools.conf.
  6. Restart your Windows guest.
    The next time you enter Unity mode, VMware Fusion will show the Windows task bar.

Known issues with VMware Fusion for Mac


  • Switching to Unity view while the virtual machine window is displaying a sheet dialog might cause VMware Fusion to quit unexpectedly.
    To avoid this problem, do not switch to Unity view while the virtual machine window is displaying a sheet dialog.


  • On dual-monitor host systems, when you switch from Unity view to Full Screen view, virtual machines displayed on the secondary monitor do not have the correct screen resolution.
    To work around this problem, switch to Single Window view, and then switch to Full Screen view.


  • When you copy or move a virtual machine to a new location, the virtual machine does not retain information from the original virtual machine about applications displayed in the Mac dock in Unity view.
    To work around this problem, delete the Applications folder from the copied or moved virtual machine:
    1. Power off the virtual machine.
    2. Control-click or right-click the virtual machine in the Finder and select Show Package Contents.
    3. Locate the applications folder, move this folder to the Trash, and empty the Trash.
    4. Power on the virtual machine.


  • The Japanese "Eisuu" and "Kana" keys do not work in virtual machines in Unity view.
    To work around this problem, make sure the virtual machine is not in Unity view: from the View menu, choose Single Window or Full Screen.
  • The Japanese "Eisuu" and "Kana" keys should now function correctly.

  • Virtual machines that are stored in a FileVault home folder or encrypted disk image might become unresponsive or quit unexpectedly during suspend and snapshot operations.
    To avoid this problem, move your virtual machines out of the FileVault protected home folder or encrypted disk image. As an alternative, you can manually edit your virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file:
    1. Power off the virtual machine.
    2. In the Finder, locate the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file and open the file in a text editor such as TextEdit. Note: If the virtual machine files are stored in a package (with the extension .vmwarevm), Control-click or right-click the package in the Finder and select Show Package Contents to find the configuration file.
    3. Add the following line to the configuration file:
      mainmem.useNamedFile = "FALSE"
    4. Save the configuration file.
    5. Power on your virtual machine.
    Suspend and snapshot operations will take longer now, but the virtual machine should no longer quit unexpectedly or become unresponsive during those operations.


  • If the antivirus software Alwil avast! 4.7 is installed in a virtual machine, the virtual machine might become unresponsive when you open a document from a VMware Fusion Shared Folder with permissions set to read/write.
    To work around this problem, move the document from the VMware Fusion Shared Folder to a local folder in the virtual machine. You could also use a different antivirus program: this problem has not been observed with other antivirus programs.


  • If the antivirus software Alwil avast! 4.7 is installed in a virtual machine, when you access VMware Fusion shared folders through a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) path (rather than through a mapped drive letter) causes Windows Explorer to become unresponsive or quit unexpectedly.
    To work around this problem, access VMware Fusion Shared Folders through a mapped drive letter and not through a UNC path. You could also use a different antivirus program: this problem has not been observed with other antivirus programs.


  • After you upgrade from VMware Fusion Beta 4 or Beta 4.1 to Release Candidate 1 and install or upgrade VMware Tools, the Applications menu and Launch Applications window do not correctly display the virtual machine's Windows program applications.
    To work around this problem, restart VMware Fusion. The Applications menu and Launch Applications window should now correctly display the virtual machine's Windows program applications.
    If the problem persists, delete the virtual machine Applications folder:
    1. Power off the virtual machine.
    2. Control-click or right-click the virtual machine in the Finder and select Show Package Contents.
    3. Locate the applications folder, move this folder to the Trash, and empty the Trash.
    4. Power on the virtual machine


  • Applications that use Multiple Document Interface (MDI), such as Microsoft Excel, might not display correctly in Unity view.


  • In virtual machines running versions of Windows that support the Unity feature, after you upgrade to VMware Fusion Release Candidate 1, the VMware Tools icon in the taskbar might fail to indicate that VMware Tools can be upgraded.
    VMware Tools must be upgraded separately when you upgrade VMware Fusion. After upgrading to the VMware Fusion RC1 release, make sure to upgrade VMware Tools in all your virtual machines. The enhancements in VMware Fusion RC1 require the latest version of VMware Tools.


  • In Unity view, VMware Fusion does not support multiple monitors.
    All virtual machine windows displayed in Unity view must be in a single-monitor display.


  • On Mac minis, when virtual machine applications or folders are displayed in Unity view in windows that overlap, those windows might become frozen in position.
    When this problem occurs, windows cannot be moved and windows displayed in the background cannot be moved to the foreground. To work around this problem, try one of the following
    • Press Option-Tab (Alt-Tab) to switch windows.
    • Switch to Single Window view and back into Unity view.
    If the problem persists, switch to Single Window or Full Screen view. Work is in progress on this problem.


  • When a virtual machine application is displayed in Unity view, quitting the application from the Mac dock does not work.
    For this release, in Unity view, when you Control-click or right-click a virtual machine application in the dock and select Quit, the application icon is removed from the dock, but the application itself continues to run.


  • Unity view is not supported when more than one user is logged in to Windows.
    Fast User Switching is not compatible with Unity view.


  • The mouse does not work in applications displayed in Unity view if the configuration (.vmx) file contains the option vmmouse.present = "FALSE"
    To use Unity view, change the configuration file settings for vmmouse.present to "TRUE" or delete the line from the configuration file.


  • The mouse does not work in applications displayed in Unity view if the virtual machine preferences file (~/Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/preferences) contains the option
    pref.motionUngrab = "FALSE"

    To use Unity view, change the preference file settings for pref.motionUngrab to "TRUE" or delete the line from the preferences file.


  • In Windows virtual machines, if you uninstall the VMware pointing device driver, and then Control-click or right-click to select an option from an application displayed in Unity view, the virtual machine might quit unexpectedly.
    This problem can occur if you uninstall the VMware pointing device in My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager, and then, in a virtual machine application window displayed in Unity view, Control-click or right-click and select any option, for example, Properties.


  • Switching to Unity view while a snapshot operation is in progress may result in unpredictable display behavior.
    Do not switch views while a snapshot operation is in progress. To recover from this situation, switch to Single Window view and then back to Unity view.


  • If the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file contains the line monitor = "debug", deselecting the option Diagnostics: Enable debugging checks has no effect.
    To work around this problem, open the virtual machine configuration file in a text editor and remove the line monitor = "debug".


  • When you uninstall VMware Fusion, some related files are not correctly uninstalled.
    This problem does not affect the way VMware Fusion works, and requires no action. If you need more disk space, after uninstalling VMware Fusion, you can delete the directory
    ~/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines/Helper/.
    Or, if you do not plan to run VMware Fusion again you can delete the entire directory
    ~/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/.


  • Files in DivX digital media format versions higher than 6.3 do not display correctly in Windows Media Player in VMware Fusion virtual machines.
    To work around this problem:
    1. With Windows Media Player open, click the down-facing triangle in the upper right of the Windows Media Player window to display the applications menus, and choose Tools > Options.
    2. In the Options window, select the Performance tab, and click Advanced.
    3. Deselect the option Use video mixing renderer.

  • Powering on a virtual machine within a host window that has a scrollbar might cause the virtual machine to respond to mouse input incorrectly or incompletely.
    To work around this problem, click the host window's scrollbar to scroll the display up or down.


  • In virtual machines that are set to suspend when the virtual machine window is closed, if you switch to Full Screen view, and then close the virtual machine window immediately, VMware Fusion might quit unexpectedly.
    When you switch to Full Screen view, VMware Fusion displays a message telling you how to return to Single Window view. This problem occurs if you close the virtual machine window while this message is displayed. To avoid this problem, wait until the message is no longer displayed before closing the virtual machine window.


  • In virtual machines running Linux distributions with kernel versions lower than 2.4, VMware Fusion does not support drag and drop operations between the virtual machine and the host.


  • The VMware Fusion BIOS posts too quickly to access.
    Most users will not need to access the BIOS, but advanced users might want to do so, to change the boot order, set a boot password, or enable a second floppy drive. To work around this problem, use a text editor to add the following line to the configuration (.vmx) file of the virtual machine:
    bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"
    The next time you boot up the virtual machine, it will automatically boot into the BIOS. This configuration option then reverts to FALSE. You must set the option to TRUE each time you want to boot the virtual machine into the BIOS.


  • On some Mac hosts, in virtual machines running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, when you install VMware Tools with the virtual machine's CD-ROM connected, the VMware Tools CD-ROM icon might not mount.
    In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 virtual machines, with the virtual CD-ROM drive connected in virtual machine Settings, when you choose Install VMware Tools from the Virtual Machine menu, the VMware Tools CD icon might not mount to the desktop, and the VMware Tools tar and RPM installation files might not present in the virtual machine.

    To work around this problem:
    1. Disconnect the CD-ROM drive: Virtual Machine > CD/DVD > Disconnect CD/DVD.
    2. From the Virtual Machine menu, choose Install VMware Tools.
    3. On the Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktop, double-click the Computer icon and open
    4. From the Virtual Machine menu, choose Install VMware Tools > CD-RW/DVD-R Drive: VMware Tools. The VMware Tools tar and RPM installation files should now be present.
    5. You can now install VMware Tools as described in the VMware Fusion Help.


  • In VMware Fusion Beta 4 and higher versions, when you run a Boot Camp virtual machine created in VMware Fusion Beta 3, Control-clicking or right-clicking does not work in Unity view.
    This problem is caused by the following line in the Boot Camp virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file:
    mouse.vusb.enable = "TRUE".
    (In Beta 4 and higher versions, this line is no longer added to the configuration file.)

    To work around this problem, delete the Boot Camp virtual machine and create a new one in VMware Fusion Beta 4 or a later version:
    1. In a Finder window, browse to ~/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines/Boot Camp, and delete that Boot Camp directory entirely. This does not cause a loss of data.
    2. In the Virtual Machine Library window, double-click the Boot Camp entry. A new Boot Camp virtual machine is created. Control-clicking and right-clicking should now work in Unity view.

  • If you are installing Microsoft Windows Vista from multiple installation disks, Windows Easy Install does not work.
    To install Vista from multiple installation disks, use the standard installation: in the New Virtual Machine Assistant, when the Windows Easy Install panel is displayed, deselect Use Easy Install and click Continue to proceed with the standard installation.


  • In virtual machines running on Macs with two monitors, each with its own video card, if you run a 3-D application with 3-D acceleration enabled, VMware Fusion crashes with an ASSERT.
    VMware Fusion does not support 3-D acceleration for this configuration. If your Mac has two monitors, each with its own video card, do not enable 3-D acceleration.


  • Powering on multiple virtual machines (whose combined memory allocation exceeds that of the host physical system) can slow the system.
    If the memory allocated to running virtual machines approaches or exceeds the physical memory available on the host, the system can become very slow. This can happen with one or more virtual machines running. Make sure to only power on virtual machines that have memory allocations that your host machine can handle. If you encounter this problem, close one or more virtual machines. You might also consider reducing the memory allocation of some of your virtual machines (Virtual Machine > Settings > System Hardware > Memory).


  • Using iSight in Mac OS X versions lower than 10.4.8 after using it in a virtual machine might require shutting down and restarting the host machine.
    VMware Fusion does not support Mac OS X versions lower than 10.4.8. After disconnecting the built-in iSight camera from a Windows XP virtual machine, you might experience issues with corrupted video when using the camera in Mac OS X versions 10.4.7 and lower.

    If this occurs, shut down your host machine and turn it back on to reset your iSight camera. Rebooting is not sufficient to completely reset the iSight camera. To avoid this problem, upgrade your Mac OS X system software to version 10.4.9 or higher.


  • On Macs with more than one CD-ROM drive (internal or external), physical CD-ROM drives cannot be moved between running virtual machines.
    This occurs when two or more virtual machines are powered on, and one of the physical CD-ROM drive is connected to one of the powered-on virtual machines. If you disconnect the physical CD-ROM drive from the virtual machine, and then attempt to connect the CD-ROM drive to one of the other powered-on virtual machines, the connection fails.

    To work around this problem, reset the virtual machines.


  • Guests with extremely high display resolutions (2360 x 1770) may display as a solid white screen.
    This issue might occur with a Mac mini or Macbook. To work around this problem, set the display in the guest to a lower resolution.


  • On some Mac hosts, the Mac system software may unexpectedly disable Intel VT (Vanderpool Technology).
    When this problem occurs, powering on a 64-bit virtual machine may result in the error message:
    This CPU is VT-capable, but VT is not enabled.

    Update your Mac system with the latest firmware and Mac OS X updates. This should fix the problem on most Macs. On iMac machines, you may still encounter this problem after you suspend and resume your Mac. In this case, try rebooting your Mac: this should solve the problem in most cases.


  • Virtual machines stored on drives formatted with FAT32 may crash in VMware Fusion.
    This problem is accompanied by the error message: Argument list too long.
    Testing suggests that this problem may indicate a corrupted disk.


  • Virtual machines running Windows, unless connected to host machine's physical CD-ROM drive when the virtual machine is powered on, fail to recognize blank CDs in the physical CD-ROM drive.
    If, at power-on, your virtual machine's CD-ROM drive is set to connect to an ISO image, it might fail to recognize a blank CD in the host machine's physical CD-ROM drive, even after you connect the virtual machine's CD-ROM drive to the physical drive. In this case, when you attempt to access the CD-ROM drive in the guest, Windows might display a message similar to
    D:\ is not accessible. Incorrect Function

    To work around this problem:
    1. In the virtual machine Settings window (Virtual Machine > Settings > CD-ROM), select the option Select physical CD-ROM, and select the physical CD-ROM drive in the field below Select physical CD-ROM.
    2. Reboot the virtual machine.
    3. The virtual machine should now recognize the blank CD in the physical CD-ROM drive.


  • On host machines with Intel® Core™ processors, virtual machines running Solaris 10 require Solaris 10 11/06 (Update 3) to operate properly.
    VMware Fusion works only with Intel-based Macs, which use processors with Intel Core Microarchitecture. Versions of Solaris 10 lower than 11/06 (Update 3) will not run (either in virtual machines or natively) on host machines with Intel Core processors. VMware Fusion does not support Solaris 10 versions lower than 11/06 (Update 3) as a guest operating system for VMware Fusion virtual machines.


  • Migrating Linux virtual machines between Intel and AMD hosts.
    VMware recommends you do not migrate a Linux virtual machine between hosts when one host is running on an AMD processor and the other is running on an Intel processor.

    During installation, many distributions of Linux choose a kernel that is optimized for the specific processor on which it is being installed, and some distributions install a generic kernel by default, but provide architecture-specific kernels that the user can choose to install. The kernel might contain instructions that are available only on that processor. These instructions can have adverse effects when run on a host with the wrong type of processor.


  • For 64-bit SUSE Linux versions lower than 10.1, VMware virtual machines support the X graphical windows system only if you have installed VMware Tools in the virtual machine.


  • You can create or run a Microsoft Windows Vista virtual machine only if your host Mac has more than 512MB of memory.
    Windows Vista requires 512MB, so your Mac must have enough memory to run OS X on the host in addition to the 512MB of memory required to run a Vista virtual machine. If your Mac has only 512MB of memory, Vista will not successfully install or run in a virtual machine.


  • Using VMware Fusion with the Cisco VPN Client
    If you install or uninstall VMware Fusion on a Mac that already has the Cisco VPN client installed, existing VPN network connections might fail with the message Error 51: Unable to communicate with the VPN subsystem.
    To work around this problem:
    1. Quit the Cisco VPN Client application.
    2. Open a Terminal window (Applications > Utilities > Terminal)
    3. Enter the following command:
      sudo /System/Library/StartupItems/CiscoVPN/CiscoVPN restart

    This should fix the problem. If this doesn't work, reboot your Mac.


  • After powering on a Boot Camp virtual machine, when you power off the virtual machine or quit VMware Fusion, VMware Fusion fails to remount the Boot Camp partition.
    As a result of this problem, the Boot Camp partition is not visible in System Preferences > Startup Disk. To work around this problem, open Disk Utility ( Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility.app) and remount the Boot Camp partition manually.


  • For this release, VMware Fusion supports Boot Camp partitions running Windows XP, and provides experimental support for Boot Camp partitions running Windows Vista.
    Note that with Boot Camp partitions running Windows Vista, you must reactivate Windows each time you switch between your Boot Camp partition and virtual machine.


  • Fixing sound problems in virtual machines running Vista 32-bit edition
    When you install Microsoft Vista 32-bit edition in a VMware Fusion virtual machine, there is no sound output. To correct this problem, run Windows Update to update the sound driver from within Vista.

    To update the sound driver in a VMware Fusion virtual machine running Windows Vista 32-bit edition:
    1. In the virtual machine, from the Windows start menu, right-click Computer and select Properties.
    2. In the left pane, under Tasks, select Device Manager.
    3. When prompted for your permission to continue, click Continue.
      Windows displays the Device Manager.
    4. Right-click the Multimedia Sound Adapter with a warning symbol (indicating that there is no driver) and select Update Driver Software.
    5. At the prompt How do you want to search for driver software?, select Search automatically for updated driver software.
      Windows finds and installs the appropriate driver for your virtual sound card.
    6. When you are prompted to restart, click Restart Now.
    7. Sound should now work in your Microsoft Vista 32-bit virtual machine.

  • Sound does not work in virtual machines running Windows 2003 Server 64-bit Enterprise Edition R2.
    To enable sound in a virtual machine running Windows 2003 Server 64-bit Enterprise Edition R2, you must enable the Windows Audio Service: open the Sounds and Audio Devices Control Panel. Windows prompts you to enable the audio device. When you enable the device, Windows reboots. Sound should now work in the virtual machine.


  • When a virtual machine is running on a writable, removable device, ejecting or physically removing the device causes problems.
    When you run a virtual machine on a writable removable device, such as a USB key or FireWire drive,
    • Ejecting the removable device, or (in the case of a USB key) connecting it to a virtual machine, causes VMware Fusion to become unresponsive, displaying the spinning wait cursor.
    • Physically removing the removable device eventually causes a kernel panic, accompanied by the message vm_fault_unwire: failure.
    You should not attempt to eject or remove a writable removable device while a virtual machine is running on the device. To work around this problem, add this line to the configuration (.vmx) file of any virtual machine that you put on a writable removable device:
    mainMem.useNamedFile = FALSE