VMware Fusion 7 Professional Release Notes

VMware Fusion 7.0 | 02 September 2014

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Fusion Pro has been updated for OS X Yosemite. Visual changes include a new flatter application icon, changes to include translucent elements, and Yosemite style full-screen behavior.

VMware Fusion Pro includes the latest virtual hardware revision with support for:

  • Advanced Haswell processor features, including AVX2 inside a virtual machine
  • A new virtual webcam, making it easier than ever to use your webcam with Windows applications
  • An updated, virtual USB controller with support for XHCI 1.0
  • A new approach to video memory that enables the VRAM limit to be specified per virtual machine
    The amount of VRAM configured is not limited by the VRAM available to the host.
  • The ability to specify a preference for the integrated or discrete GPU
    On recent Mac Book Pros that contain both GPUs, this can result in increased battery life for lightly used virtual machines.

VMware Fusion Pro is more efficient than ever with wake-ups reduced by over 60% for lightly used virtual machines.

OS X Yosemite can now be used inside a virtual machine.

VMware Fusion Pro now shows the status of each virtual machine in the library list view. This is particularly useful for power users working with many virtual machines.

Improved support for Retina displays, including changes to Unity mode and the ability to control how Fusion scales when moving between Retina-class and standard density displays.

Direct sounds from virtual machines to a specific audio device on your Mac.

Per-virtual machine shortcut keys make jumping quickly between operating systems a breeze.

Improved support for Linux in virtual machines including CentOS 7 and RedHat Enterprise Linux 7.

The ability to access virtual machines running on VMware vSphere, VMware ESXi, and VMware Workstation directly from VMware Fusion Pro including:

  • Remote display, keyboard, and mouse control
  • Ability to select media for CD, DVD, floppy devices, including files on your Mac
  • Ability to power virtual machines on and off and configure the network they connect to
  • Ability to move virtual machines from your Mac to a remote location by dragging and dropping
  • Ability to move virtual machines from a remote location to your Mac by dragging and dropping
  • See the state of your remote server with at-a-glance health summary based on Activity Monitor

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Known Issues

The following issues might occur in VMware Fusion 7.0.

  • OS X Yosemite is not yet final.
    Late breaking changes might affect compatibility with the final version of OS X Yosemite.

  • 3D acceleration is not provided for Mac OS X operating systems inside a virtual machine.
    This prevents the use of some features that rely on 3D capabilities.

  • Windows 8 always uses the discrete GPU even when GPU auto-switching is enabled.
    To optimize for better battery life in Windows 8, select “Don’t Use High Performance Graphics (Longer Battery Life)” in the Display settings panel. (This option is only available on laptops with both an integrated and discrete GPU.)

  • Entering Unity on Windows XP with “Use full resolution for Retina display” enabled might fail and revert to Single Window.
    Workaround: Do not select “Use full resolution for Retina display.” Instead, downgrade the virtual machine to hardware version 10 in the Compatibility settings panel.
  • Windows XP displays black side bars in full screen mode on monitors wider than 2560 pixels when “Use full resolution for Retina display” is enabled.
    Workaround: To avoid this issue, either disable “Use full resolution for Retina display” or downgrade the virtual machine to hardware version 10 in the Compatibility settings panel.
  • Entering Unity or Full Screen might fail.
    Entering Unity or Full Screen might fail and revert to Single Window when “Use full resolution for Retina display” is enabled when there is a low DPI monitor larger than 2048 pixels wide attached. Affected monitors include the Apple 27” and 30” Cinema Displays.

    Workaround: To avoid this issue, disable “Use full resolution for Retina display.”

  • On some hardware, an OS X virtual machine upgraded to 10.9.3 fails to boot.

    Workaround: Create a new OS X virtual machine with 10.9.3 and transfer your data.

  • Drag and drop might fail with two or more running virtual machines in Unity mode.
    Workaround: Reduce the number of virtual machines running in Unity mode by suspending or exiting Unity mode on other machines.

  • When running a Fedora 20 virtual machine in full screen, the display might use an incorrect resolution.
    Workaround: Uninstall and reinstall the latest version of VMware Tools.
  • For restricted virtual machines configured to verify time with a server, the warning message displayed when the server is not available shows an incorrect time remaining.
  • In some cases, a remote virtual machine’s CD drive disables itself when connected to a local image.
    Workaround: Upload the image to the remote datastore and connect to the image there.
  • A USB webcam might fail to connect when used with the virtual camera device in a Windows 7 or OSX virtual machine.
    Workaround: Connect the camera to the virtual machine with USB. By default, cameras do not appear in the USB devices list. To show them, edit the file ~/Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/config (It is a text file; create it if needed.) and add the line:
    vusbcamera.passthrough = “TRUE”
    Quit and restart Fusion. Then select the camera to pass to the virtual machine in the USB settings panel.
  • Disabling “Connect At Power On” option in the Network Adaptor setting panel on a powered off remote virtual machine might revert to the enabled state.
    Workaround: Power the virtual machine on and then disable the option.

  • Open VMware Tools included in some recent versions of Linux, such as CentOS 7, might prevent file sharing (HGFS), drag-and-drop, or cut and paste from working correctly.
    Workaround: Uninstall the open-vm-tools package and install the latest version of the included VMware Tools.

  • Occasionally, the UI performance of a Yosemite virtual machine is poor with slow window and menu updates
  • Expanding a virtual hard drive connected to a remote virtual machine fails with a warning of "A specified parameter was not correct."
    Workaround: Create a new virtual hard drive in the desired size, copy the files, and then remove the old virtual hard drive.

  • Removing a virtual hard drive from a remote virtual machine fails without an error or warning.
    This is a known limitation of remote virtual machines with snapshots. To remove the drive, delete all snapshots.

  • There can be a significant delay between selecting the “Install McAfee AntiVirus Plus” menu item and the installation CD appearing in the virtual machine.
  • Occasionally, changing the scaled resolution option in the Display settings panel with a running virtual machine results in incorrect mouse positioning or incorrect scaling.
    Workaround: To avoid this issue, shutdown the virtual machine before adjusting the scaled resolution option.
  • In some circumstances, when entering Unity on a multi-monitor configuration, the window contents show as gray rectangles instead of correct content.
    Interacting with the window causes the content to update to the correct state.
  • For some multi-monitor configurations, scaled full screen view mode fails to display correctly.
  • Scaled full screen mode sometimes does not work well with Ubuntu 14.04.1.
  • Switching a virtual machine to Unity mode on a MacBook Pro with Retina display and two external displays, the virtual machine enters into Unity mode but displays flashing window content.
    To exit the state, leave Unity mode. To prevent recurrence, disconnect one of the external displays or disable the “Use full resolution for Retina display” checkbox in the Display settings panel.

  • With “Use full resolution for Retina display” enabled or when running on Yosemite preview builds, Unity windows might not display correctly in Expose.
  • When running on Yosemite preview builds, changing the full screen mode option from “Use Single Display in Full Screen” to “Use All Displays in Full Screen” while in full screen mode can fail with some monitors displaying black.
    Workaround: To resolve the issue, exit and re-enter full screen mode.
  • In some cases on Windows 8.1, the PC Migration Agent does not automatically launch after restarting the PC to be imported.
    Workaround: If this occurs, locate and launch the PC Migration Agent manually.
  • A Windows XP virtual machine cannot be set to a resolution larger than 2560 x 1920.
    To avoid this issue, downgrade the virtual machine to hardware version 10 in the Compatibility settings panel.
  • When running an OS X virtual machine with a shared folder mapped to a folder on a server, opening .dmg files already open by another application fails with the message “The following disk image couldn't be opened - Reason Input/Output error.”
    Workaround: Ensure that the files are not open from another application or copy the files to a local folder and share that with the virtual machine.
  • Dragging and dropping a file from the guest to a host folder with a large number of non-ASCII characters in the folder or path name can crash the guest OS.
    Workaround: This can be avoided by renaming the folder and parent folders so that they have less than 58 non-ASCII characters total in their names.
  • With three monitors connected and “Use full resolution for Retina Display” enabled, entering Unity can fail either by reverting to single window mode or extended display flicker.
    Workaround: To prevent this, either remove a display or disable “Use full resolution for Retina Display.”
  • With three monitors connected, “Use full resolution for Retina Display” enabled and scaled resolution enabled for Full Screen, entering Full Screen can fail either by reverting to single window mode or mirroring a single display across the monitors.
    To prevent this, either remove a display, disable “Use full resolution for Retina Display,” or disable scaled resolution enabled for Full Screen.
  • Sending a file over Bluetooth can fail if the “Share Bluetooth devices with Windows” checkbox has been disabled and re-enabled without rebooting the virtual machine.
    Workaround: Reboot the virtual machine.
  • When prompted for the admin password after downloading VMware Tools or McAfee AntiVirus Plus, if you click into a virtual machine window, the mouse cursor might disappear or lock up.
    To exit this state, press Command-Tab to switch to another application, and then Command-Tab again until you switch back to VMware Fusion.
  • In some Linux virtual machines, changing the networking type from NAT to bridged (or visa versa) can fail to reset networking stack and result in stale networking information, including the IP address.
    Workaround: Disconnect and reconnect the network adaptor by disabling and re-enabling the “Connect Network Adaptor” check box in the Network Adaptor settings pane.
  • When connected to an instance of VMware Workstation hosting remote virtual machines, the status pane shows 0 RAM and CPU usage.
  • While running Fusion on Yosemite pre-release builds, changing values in the “Default Applications” panel in settings might appear to fail.
    Pressing “Show All” and then returning to the “Default Applications” panel refreshes the values shown.
  • When running a Debian 6 virtual machine in Unity, window dragging might fail.
    Workaround: Exit Unity and use the virtual machine in Full Screen or single window mode.
  • Copying files from a USB 3 flash drive connected to an OS X virtual machine with a USB 3.0 controller can fail and cause the flash drive to connect from both the virtual machine and host.
    To avoid this, connect the flash drive to the host and then map the drive into the virtual machine with folder sharing.
  • With some Linux virtual machines, suspending a virtual machine might fail with the error “The request to Suspend this virtual machine failed because the corresponding VMware Tools script did not run successfully.”
    Workaround: Uninstalling and then reinstalling the tools might resolve this issue.
  • Some USB WiFi adaptors might fail to reconnect after sleeping and resuming the host machine.
    Workaround: Unplugging and re-inserting the adaptor might resolve this issue.
  • Screen updates of Office 2013 applications might be slow.
    Checking the “Disable hardware graphics acceleration” checkbox in Options for each application might improve performance.
  • Enlarging a virtual hard disk on a remote virtual machine fails.
    This operation is not supported on remote virtual machines. To add more drive space, create a new hard disk of the desired size, copy the files, and then remove the old disk.
  • Easy install for some Linux distributions fails if the virtual machine’s name includes $0.
    Workaround: Do not include $0 in the virtual machine’s name.
  • Audio and video quality when using video conferencing from within a virtual machine might be poor.
    Workaround: Using a headset might mitigate the audio issue.
  • Exporting a virtual machine to OVF or OVA fails when specifying a really long file name or a file name that includes non-alpha numeric characters.
    Workaround: To avoid the issue, chose a name shorter than 240 characters with only letters, numbers, and spaces.
  • Using a USB headset with a virtual machine with a USB 3 controller can fail.
    Workaround: Reconfiguring the USB controller to a USB 2 controller in the “Advanced USB Options” in the USB and Bluetooth settings panel might resolve this issue.
  • After sleeping and awakening the host Mac, guest audio might fail with an error message “”.
    Workaround: Suspending and resuming the virtual machine might restore the audio.
  • Shared folders in a running OS X virtual machine might fail to copy files with the error “The item <file_name> can't be copied because there isn't enough free space.”
    Workaround: Rebooting the virtual machine without changing the Shared Folder settings should resolve this issue.
  • When creating a virtual machine with a name that includes accented characters, the Removable Devices section of the Settings window might not be visible.
    Workaround: Quitting and restarting Fusion resolves this issue.
  • Some applications fail to launch from a Unity docker or the Fusion application menu.
    The applications launch correctly from the Windows Start Menu or by double clicking on the application within Windows.
  • On some remote virtual machines, the Shut Down option is disabled.
    Workaround: To power off the virtual machine, press the Option key and select “Force Shutdown.”
  • Remote virtual machines do not automatically resize the virtual machine’s video when going into Full Screen or when the window is resized.
    Workaround: To resize the virtual machine’s video, use the UI within the virtual machine’s operating system.
  • When operating with multiple versions of Fusion installed, you might see an issue where starting a virtual machine fails with an “Internal Error.”
    This issue can be resolved by restarting the Mac.
  • Cutting and pasting a file from the Mac into Outlook running in a Windows virtual machine can fail.
    Workaround: This can be avoided by pasting the file onto the Windows desktop and then attaching it to the email within Outlook.
  • Running a virtual machine stored on an external NTFS formatted volume fails with a non-specific error.
    Workaround: Moving the virtual machine to an HFS formatted volume avoids this error.
  • Some UI elements in Adobe Photoshop might not render correctly when running within a OS X virtual machine.
    Workaround: This can be remedied by disabling the virtual machine’s accelerated video driver. To do so, open the Terminal application inside the virtual machine and type:
    sudo nvram boot-args='vmw_gfx_caps=0'
    Press return and enter the virtual machine’s admin password. Then reboot the virtual machine.
  • Connecting a USB 3 device to a USB 3 hub while Fusion is running might not show the device to either the Mac or the virtual machine.
    Workaround: To avoid this, plug the device directly into the Mac.
  • When passed through to a virtual machine, some USB devices, such as iPads and iPhones, might not recharge their batteries.

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