VMware Fusion 7.1.1 and VMware Fusion Pro 7.1.1 Release Notes

VMware Fusion 7.1.1 | 17 February 2015

Last updated: 17 February 2015

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What's New

This release of VMware Fusion includes bug fixes. It also enables a user to edit Processors & Memory settings for a restricted virtual machine without entering the restrictions password for the virtual machine.

Known Issues

The following issues might occur in VMware Fusion 7.1.1.

  • When running in Unity mode, some Windows applications require user verification to run every time they are opened
    On a Mac running OS X 10.10.1 or later, some Windows applications show the message You are opening the application for the first time every time the application is opened.
    Workaround: Copy the virtual machine to a new location.
  • Slow graphics performance in virtual machines created in Fusion 7
    On some older Macs, graphics performance may be slower for virtual machines created in Fusion 7 or virtual machines upgraded to the newest hardware features in Fusion 7.
    Workaround: Downgrade the virtual hardware version of the virtual machine:
    1. Shut down the virtual machine.
    2. Select Settings > Compatibility.
    3. Click the Advanced options triangle.
    4. Select 10 on the Use Hardware Version pop up.
  • Mac fails to wake up
    Occasionally, a Mac running Fusion might fail to wake up.
    Workaround: Some customers reported working around this issue by insuring the Mac is plugged in (not running on battery) or had the Battery Life setting in the Display settings panel set to Use High Performance Graphics for 3D Applications Only. VMware is continuing to investigate this issue.
  • Easy Install feature is not supported for OpenSUSE 13.2
    Easy Install is not supported for the OpenSUSE 13.2 guest operating system.
    Workaround: Manually install the guest operating system and VMware Tools.
  • Poor Skype audio and video performance
    Using Skype from within a virtual machine might result in poor audio and video quality.
    Workaround: Use Skype directly, outside of Fusion.
  • Remote virtual machine display problems
    When a remote virtual machine window is resized, the display resolution is not changed. Instead, the pixels are scaled to meet the new window size. Similarly, entering full screen does not change the resolution.
    Workaround: Manually set the resolution with the UI in the virtual machine operating system.
  • Cannot hear sound when using headset with Windows 8 virtual machine
    In some cases, attaching a USB headset to a virtual machine running Windows 8 fails and no sound is audible.
    Workaround: Do not pass the headset to the virtual machine. Instead, allow the Mac to use the headset. If needed, change the audio settings in System Preferences to send audio to the headset.
  • OS X virtual machine fails to start
    An OS X virtual machine uploaded to a server running on Mac hardware fails to start.
    Workaround: Add smc.present = "TRUE" to the virtual machine VMX file after uploading the virtual machine to the server.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Performance Slow
    When using Microsoft Office 2013 with Fusion 7.1, the UI might update slowly.
    Workaround: Disable graphics acceleration in each Microsoft Office application.
  • Audio echos when using conferencing software
    When using audio conferencing software inside a virtual machine, significant audio echo might occur.
    Workaround: Use a headset instead of the Mac built-in microphone.
  • 3D rendering is not available in some guest operating systems with virtual hardware version 11
    If you upgrade a virtual machine from virtual hardware version 10 to 11, you might lose 3D functionality in the virtual machine.
    Workaround: For Windows guest operating systems, upgrade VMware Tools to the latest version, which is included with Fusion 7.1. For Linux guests, only the following distributions are currently supported for virtual hardware version 11:
    • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and above
    • Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS and above
    • Fedora 20 with latest updates and above
    For other Linux distributions and versions, if you plan to use 3D functionality, downgrade the virtual hardware version to 10.
  • Fusion runs very slowly on a Mid 2011 iMac running OS X 10.10.0 or 10.10.1
    Fusion might run very slowly on a Mid 2011 iMac with OS X 10.10.0 or 10.10.1.
    Workaround: Apple has addressed this issue in the OS X 10.10.2 update. Install this update to resolve the issue.
  • Connect to Server dialog box is not populated if connectAtStartupURL contains non-ASCII characters
    When creating a Fusion mass deployment package, if connectAtStartupURL contains non-ASCII characters, the Connect to Server dialog box cannot be populated.
    Workaround: None.

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Resolved Issues

The following issues have been resolved in VMware Fusion 7.1.1.

  • When running the Bloomberg financial application in a virtual machine, the application would sometimes crash. This issue has been resolved.
  • Outlook 2010 would occasionally crash when running in Unity mode. This issue has been resolved.
  • If you dragged a file in shared folder from the guest on top of the same file in the host, the file would be truncated to a length of 0. This issue has been resolved.
  • When creating a new virtual machine with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12, the Easy Install path was not available. This issue has been resolved.
  • When using a virtual machine connected to the network with Bridged Networking, connecting to a server with IPv6 would fail. This issue has been resolved.
  • The keystroke to grab input (Cmd + G) and mouse input would occasionally fail. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some three-monitor configurations, full screen mode would not work across all the monitors. This issue has been resolved.
  • When running MeshCAM6 in a Windows guest, the application could crash. This issue has been resolved.
  • Virtual machines configured with hardware version 11 and running Windows XP would fail to display at resolutions larger then 2560 x 1600 pixels. This problem caused issues in single window, Unity, and full screen modes. This issue has been resolved.
  • A virtual machine connected to the network with NAT and running many concurrent DNS requests could cause the virtual machine to crash. This issue has been resolved.
  • Shared folders would not work with virtual machines running Fedora 20. This issue has been resolved.
  • When a virtual machine was running Windows XP in full screen mode with multiple monitors and the Use full resolution for Retina display option was enabled, the virtual machine would show the same image across all monitors. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some three-monitor configurations, Unity mode could fail to start. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, it might not be possible to NetBoot an OS X guest from a third-party (non-Apple) NetBoot server, such as the Dell KACE K2000. This issue has been resolved by relaxing the NetBoot client to tolerate variations in server protocol.

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