VMware Fusion 2 Release Notes

VMware Fusion 2.0.1 | 14 NOV 2008 | Build 128865

Last Document Update: 15 DEC 2008

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Fusion 2.0.1 is a maintenance release of VMware Fusion 2. It has the following enhancements:

  • Contains bug fixes described in Resolved Issues
  • Now shows application badge instead of generic document icons when assigning Windows applications to Mac documents
  • Greatly reduced initial pause when opening mirrored or shared folders
  • No longer disables certain shared folders and mirrored folders that were nested folders. The potential data loss issue with nested shared folders has been resolved
  • No longer publishes Windows guest applications to Mac if Allow the virtual machine to open applications on your Mac is unchecked in virtual machine Settings > Sharing
  • AutoProtect postpones taking a snapshot when the user is interacting with the virtual machine
  • No longer maps Num Pad Enter to AltGr by default for non-European keyboards
  • Brings back the Enable Hints menu item in Help menu

Prior Releases of VMware Fusion 2

Features from prior releases of VMware Fusion 2 are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for prior releases of VMware Fusion 2, click one of the following links:

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Before You Begin

VMware recommends that you do not update your virtual machines to Mac OS X 10.5.6 Server at this time

An OS X Server 10.5.6 guest operating system running in a VMware Fusion 2.0/2.0.1 virtual machine can experience issues in which the you see only a gray window instead of the graphical user interface, and in which USB keyboards and other USB devices do not work with the default setting. To avoid this problem, VMware recommends that you do not update your guest operating system until the next VMware Fusion maintenance software release. Take a snapshot of your OS X Server 10.5.5 virtual machine as a precaution so that you can have a good known state to revert to in case an automatic update to OS X Server 10.5.6 happens.

If a virtual machine has been updated to OS X Server 10.5.6 and there is no snapshot of an OS X Server 10.5.5 in a good known state, there are two workarounds to return some level of functionality to the virtual machine.

  • For issues with the GUI, disable vmware-tools-guestd following these five steps. You need to have MacFUSE installed as part of the VMware Fusion installations.
    1. Power off the virtual machine.
    2. Browse to the virtual machine in Finder (under ~/Documents/Virtual Machines by default).
    3. Control-click or right-click on the virtual machine, select More > Mount Virtual Disk > Mount All.
    4. Browse to the mounted virtual machine volume in Finder, then go to the virtual machine's /Library/LaunchDaemons folder.
    5. Open the file com.vmware.launchd.tools.plist and change the value of RunAtLoad to false.
  • For issues with the USB keyboard, open the .vmx file in an editor and edit the USB deviceType:
    Change the line
    usb:1.deviceType = "hub"
    usb:1.deviceType = "keyboard"

    There is no known fix for enabling other USB devices.

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Resolved Issues

The following issues, reported in the VMware Fusion 2.0 release notes or discussed in the user community, have been resolved in 2.0.1:

  • VMwareUser taking 100% CPU after certain drag-and-drop operations.
    This problem has been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

  • A number of performance issues for VMware Fusion 2.
    A number of performance issues were identified for VMware Fusion2:
    • Guest start menu traversal slow when it contains broken shortcuts (Windows XP and earlier only)
    • High CPU utilization by VMwareUser.exe when first starting up
    • Slow boot when iSight (product ID 0x8502 as reported by System Profiler) attached to virtual machine
    • Load time of the Virtual Machine Library on Fusion startup after the first startup
    These problems have been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

  • Running certain video games and other 3D applications in Fusion 2 on the new MacBook or MacBook Pro, or the MacBook Air, can freeze the Mac.
    This problem has been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

  • Installing VMware Fusion 2 changes the default browser or other default application.
    In certain cases during installation, VMware Fusion would reassign the first browser it found as the default browser, or reassign another of the default applications for handling URLs. This problem has been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

    Upgrading to VMware Fusion 2.0.1 does not restore already-changed settings, however. You can change the default browser in Safari's Preferences or with the third-party RCDefaultApp. http://www.rubicode.com/Software/RCDefaultApp/

  • Take Snapshot incorrectly enabled for some Boot Camp virtual machines.
    VMware Fusion 2.0.1 fixes a problem in which for certain Boot Camp virtual machines, the Take Snapshot button was enabled, which it should not have been.

  • Gray boxes obscure part of window in Unity view.
    This problem has been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

  • Daily or weekly AutoProtect snapshots are not being taken.
    VMware Fusion 2.0.1 corrects a problem in which daily or weekly snapshots in AutoProtect were not being taken.

  • Drag-and-drop does not work if the color depth is set to 16-bit in the guest operating system.
    Having the color depth in Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Vista set to 16-bit no longer prevents dragging-and-dropping.

  • CVSNT and VMware Tools are incompatible.
    The known incompatibility between CVSNT (http://www.cvsnt.org) and VMware Tools has been fixed. You no longer have to uninstall CVSNT if you want to install VMware Tools to use Unity view, and to use cut-copy-paste or drag-and-drop between your virtual machine and your Mac.

  • Running Google Earth with 3D acceleration enabled can cause the virtual machine to unexpectedly quit.
    With VMware Fusion 2.0.1, the virtual machine no longer quits unexpectedly when running Google Earth with 3D acceleration enabled, so you do not need to disable 3D acceleration in the VMware Fusion preferences.

  • Application Dock tile disappears in Unity view after a snapshot.
    The Dock tile for a guest application no longer disappears if you click on it after you take a snapshot in Unity view.

  • Suspending a virtual machine located on a FileVault encrypted volume makes the system unresponsive.
    For non-English Mac OS X users, when suspending a virtual machine that's stored on a FileVault encrypted volume, Mac OS X might become unresponsive. VMware Fusion 2.0.1 works around this issue.

  • Drag and drop stops working in a Linux virtual machine after an alert message.
    Previously, if you encountered an alert message while attempting a drag and drop in a Linux virtual machine, you might have had to quit and restart VMware Fusion to get drag-and-drop to work again. This problem has been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

  • Downloading files with Safari in a Mac OS X Server virtual machine might fail when using NAT as networking type.
    VMware Fusion 2.0.1 fixes a problem in which using NAT as networking type for a Mac OS X Server virtual machine might have resulted in Safari downloads timing out.

  • With a shared file, moving or copying it to its existing location by a different path can cause data loss.
    Previous to version 2.0.1, VMware Fusion attempted to disable shared folders that would create a risk of data loss if you moved or copied a shared file to its existing location by a different path. With VMware Fusion 2.0.1 the risk of data loss is removed, and VMware Fusion therefore no longer disables shared folders in those situations.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 virtual machine hangs during auto update of Tools.
    When powering on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 virtual machine that was created in a previous version of VMware Fusion, it was possible for the virtual machine to hang while in the middle of the tools auto upgrade process. This problem has been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

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

  • In some cases, setting your Mac to "Mirror Displays" results in windows not appearing in Unity view.
    If one of your displays is rotated to vertical (portrait) orientation, or you use a Mac Pro with multiple graphics cards, setting your Mac to mirror displays could cause windows to disappear in Unity view. This problem has been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.1.

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Known Issues

  • Mac OS X Server (10.5.5 and earlier) cannot be installed in a virtual machine on the new Fall 2008 MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.
    The Fall 2008 update to the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air requires a newer version of Mac OS X Server than the most recent version (10.5.5). If you encounter problems installing Mac OS X Server in a virtual machine on these systems, make sure your Mac can boot from the installation disc.

  • Easy Install doesn't work for Ubuntu 8.10. Ubuntu 8.10 is not officially supported and Easy Install is not available for the guest installation due to the lack of pre-built tools. Perform the standard installation, and install VMware Tools following the Guest Operating System Installation Guide. After VMware Tools is installed, many features should work. If you experience issues with your mouse not ungrabbing, run the Ubuntu Update Manager and ensure that you are running with the latest Ubuntu updates.

  • Do not install VMware Fusion 2 and CheckPoint SecureClient on the same Mac.
    When both VMware Fusion 2 and SecureClient VPN applications are installed in the Mac, the Mac OS X freezes while booting or shutting down. Do not install both applications on a Mac.

    If you have encountered this, follow this workaround to boot up your Mac in Safe Mode and remove one of the applications:
    1. Make sure the Mac is powered off.
    2. Press the power button.
    3. Press and hold the Shift key immediately after you hear the startup tone (but not before).
    4. Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple and a progress indicator.
    5. Uninstall SecureClient or VMware Fusion.
    6. Reboot the Mac.

  • VMware Fusion 2 does not directly import Parallels Desktop 4 virtual machines.
    Due to a recent change to the Parallels virtual machine file format, VMware Fusion 2 can not directly import Parallels Desktop 4 virtual machines. To work around this, download and install VMware Converter for Windows in your Parallels virtual machine, uninstall Parallels Tools, and run the VMware Converter to import the PC. Detailed steps are at http://www.vmware.com/download/fusion/windows_to_mac.html.

  • Upgrading a virtual machine's virtual hardware might trigger many notifications about PCI-to-PCI bridges being detected.
    On some virtual machines created in or ported to VMware Fusion 1, when you upgrade the virtual machine to hardware version 7 in VMware Fusion 2, you see the New Hardware Found wizard at the reboot. This is because hardware version 7 comes with an additional 32 PCI-to-PCI bridge devices. Normally the drivers for them will be silently installed, but on some systems, upgrading a virtual machine's virtual hardware may trigger Windows to show many notifications about PCI-to-PCI bridges being detected. It's not a loop, there are just a lot of new ones.

    Workaround: Click OK on the New Hardware Found dialog and allow them to install. Once all 32 PCI-to-PCI bridges are installed, the dialogs will not show up again.

  • PCI-to-PCI bridges fail to install following upgrading a virtual machine's hardware.
    In certain circumstances, you might have a corrupted Windows XP driver database in the virtual machine and the PCI-to-PCI bridges will fail to install after you upgrade the virtual machine's hardware. When this happens the New Hardware Found dialog displays every time you reboot and log in, and when you try to install the drivers, the install fails.

    Workaround for Windows XP: Rebuild Windows device driver database by:
    1. Start the virtual machine and log in
    2. Before clicking on anything in the New Hardware Found wizard, go to Start > Run, launch cmd.exe
    3. In the CMD window, type the following commands
      cd \windows\inf
      del infcache.1
    4. Click Next in the New Hardware Found wizard. All the PCI-to-PCI bridges should install now.

  • Cannot display images in the GUIMotions plug-in.
    If you use the TMS GUIMotions plug-in for Delphi when writing applications that you want to run in virtual machines, the images for 3D animation are not displayed.

  • DVD players fail or display an alert when you attempt to play a DVD.
    Because of certain driver issues, DVD players like Microsoft Media Player 11 do not work with VMware Fusion 2. Workaround: Use VLC Player.

  • Slow boot time for virtual machine when drive letters are mapped to nonexistent locations.
    When Windows drive letters are mapped to non-existent locations, the boot time is significantly slower (physical Windows systems have the same issue). Workaround: Unmap unused drive letters by right clicking on Start > My Computer, selecting Disconnect Network Drives, then disconnecting the troublesome drives.

  • Slow boot of Boot Camp virtual machines caused by a bug in Apple's Boot Camp software.
    A slow boot of a Boot Camp virtual machine can be caused by Apple kbdmgr.exe. This is a bug in Apple's Boot Camp software. Workaround: Click Start > Run, then enter msconfig. Click on Startup, then disable kbdmgr.exe. (If you need Apple's keyboard extensions when rebooting into Boot Camp, then re-enable kbdmgr.exe before rebooting.)

  • Slow boot time for virtual machines imported in VMware Fusion 1, then upgraded to Hardware Version 7 with VMware Fusion 2.
    Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 virtual machines that were imported from Parallels or Virtual PC boot extremely slowly if you upgrade them to Hardware Version 7. Workaround: Shut the virtual machine down and downgrade to Hardware Version 6 from the menu: Virtual Machine > Downgrade Virtual Machine.

  • Do not disable USB 2.0 support for a Mac OS X Server virtual machine.
    Plugging a USB device into a host machine when you are running a Mac OS X 10.5.5 virtual machine on which you disabled USB 2.0 support causes the virtual machine to fail. In this situation, VMware Fusion displays the message "The device was unable to connect to its ideal host controller" when you plug in the USB device, and displays the message "The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system" when you click OK to close the previous message. If this happens, go to the USB Devices panel of the Settings window for this virtual machine, and select Enable USB 2.0 support.

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