VMware Player 2.0 Beta Release Notes

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Notes on VMware Player 2.0, Build 44426

Build 44426 is a release candidate build of VMware Player.

Work and Play In a Virtual World with VMware Player

VMware Player is a free desktop application that lets you run a virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC.

VMware Player provides an intuitive user interface for running preconfigured virtual machines created with VMware Workstation, GSX Server, and ESX Server. On Windows hosts, VMware Player also opens and runs Microsoft® Virtual PC and Virtual Server virtual machines and Symantec® Backup Exec System Recovery system images. VMware Player includes features that let you configure virtual machines for optimal performance and take advantage of host machine devices. VMware Player enables you to share your virtual machines with colleagues, partners, customers, and clients who may not own VMware products. Simply by downloading VMware Player, anyone can open and run compatible virtual machines.

Key Features in Version 2.0

VMware Player 2.0 adds the following features:

  • Appliance view–Virtual machine appliances can now be preconfigured to display an appliance view. A virtual appliance is a fully pre-installed and pre-configured application and operating system environment that runs on any standard x86 desktop or server in a virtual machine—for example, a Web server application with a browser-based console. The appliance view gives you a brief description of the type of server or appliance and provides a link that opens the browser on the guest system and connects to the correct port for the server console. If a virtual machine is configured with an appliance view, VMware Player defaults to the appliance view. You can also use the traditional console view if you prefer.
  • Shared folders—If the virtual machine has shared folders enabled, you can use this feature to move files between the host and guest operating systems. The virtual machine must be preconfigured with shared folders enabled, and with the path specified to the designated shared folder on the host. As a security precaution, shared folders are disabled by default in VMware Player. When you open a virtual machine with shared folders in VMware Player, a notification message explains that shared folders have been disabled, and tells you how to re-enable the feature.
  • Welcome page—The user-friendly Welcome page gives you the option of browsing to a virtual machine file, opening a recently used virtual machine, or downloading a virtual appliance from the VMTN (VMware Technology Network) Web site.
  • Windows Vista support—You can use Windows Vista as a host and guest operating system.
  • USB 2.0 Support - You can use peripherals that require high-speed performance, such as MP3 players and fast storage devices, in your virtual machines.
  • Experimental support for Virtual SMP—You can use VMware Player to power on a virtual machine that has more than one virtual processor assigned.

Download VMware Player and Virtual Appliances

Download VMware Player from the VMware Player Beta page.

Download the Getting Started Guide.

Download virtual appliances from the Virtual Appliance Marketplace.

Known Issues with VMware Player

  • Pressing the middle button on a Thinkpad T43 causes the cursor to be released from guest operating systems. The middle button of the three buttons above the track pad is usually configured to allow scrolling. In guest operating systems, it does not allow scrolling and in fact causes input to be ungrabbed from the guest.

  • If you share a folder between a Linux host and a Windows guest, symbolic links will not be accessible by the Windows guest. Symbolic links appear as regular files on Windows guests, but the links are not followed when you attempt to open them.

  • If you install VMware Player on a Windows 2003 Server host, VMWare Player help does not display correctly until you enable JavaScript. This is because, on Windows 2003 Server, JavaScript is disabled by default in Internet Explorer.
    Workaround: In Internet Explorer, choose Tools > Options > Internet > Custom Level > Scripting > Active Scripting, and choose Enable.