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VMware Fusion 2 Release Notes

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VMware Fusion 2.0.2 | 11 FEB 2009 | Build 147997

Last Document Update: 13 FEB 2009

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Fusion 2.0.2 is a maintenance release of VMware Fusion 2. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 1 and VMware Fusion 2 customers, and has the following enhancements:

  • Allows importing Windows virtual machines from both Parallels Desktop 4.0 and Parallels Server for Mac.
  • Supports mounting unencrypted .dmg file format as a CD/DVD disk image, in addition to .iso file format.
  • Supports Mac OS X 10.5.6 as a host operating system.
  • Provides experimental support for Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 as a guest operating system.
  • Supports Ubuntu 8.10 as a guest operating system, including features such as VMware Tools with prebuilt kernel modules, Easy Install, and Unity.
  • Ships with a 12-month complimentary subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 antivirus software, with localization support for French, German, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
  • Provides performance improvements when browsing mirrored folders and shared folders in Windows virtual machines.
  • Supports display of Windows applications in Unity view as 48 pixel x 48 pixel icons.
  • Resolves issues with "Optimize for Mac OS application performance" preference option for Mac OS X 10.5.5 and later.
  • Contains bug fixes described in Resolved Issues.

Note: Two .dmg files of VMware Fusion are available for download. One contains McAfee VirusScan Plus, the other does not. Download either based on your download preferences.

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

Use the recommended versions of the Mac OS X operating system

For Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), use version 10.4.11 or higher. For Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), use Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher.

On VMware Fusion, Leopard provides a richer 3D experience than Tiger.

Installing VMware Fusion 2.0.2 overwrites earlier versions of the application

It is not possible to have multiple versions of VMware Fusion installed at the same time. So if you install VMware Fusion 2.0.2 on a machine that already has VMware Fusion 2.x or 1.x, VMware Fusion 2.0.2 replaces the earlier versions. To revert to an earlier version, you have to reinstall it.

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Resolved Issues

The following issues, reported in the VMware Fusion 2.0.1 release notes or discussed in the user community, have been resolved in 2.0.2:

  • Virtual machine stops responding after upgrading to VMware Fusion 2.0.1
    Guest operating systems might stop responding at random after upgrading to VMware Fusion 2.0.1. Suspending and resuming the virtual machine might solve the issue temporarily.  An error message similar to the following might be displayed in the vmware log file:

    Dec 09 17:08:27.668: vcpu-0| PICAckINTR: Spurious INTR, EXC_NONE
    Dec 09 17:08:27.668: vcpu-0| PICAckINTR: Spurious INTR, EXC_NONE

    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • Selecting the option Optimize for Mac OS application performance has no effect on performance
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.  VMware Fusion now uses significantly less memory when the performance option is selected. This fix applies only to Mac OS X versions 10.5.5 and later.
  • Copy-paste and drag-and-drop operations do not work reliably from host to guest operating system and vice-versa in Unity mode
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • VMware Fusion does not set the correct time zone when installing Windows Vista and later guest operating systems
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • VMware Fusion installer incorrectly prompts system reboot
    While installing VMware Fusion, the installer might incorrectly display the error message VMware Fusion cannot be installed on this computer. A system reboot is required before installing VMware Fusion under certain conditions. Rebooting the system does not help resolve the issue.
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2. The message displayed is now context-sensitive.
  • Issues with Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 guest operating system running on a VMware Fusion 2.0/2.0.1 virtual machine
    Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 guest operating systems running in a VMware Fusion 2.0/2.0.1 virtual machine might experience issues where only a gray window is displayed instead of the graphical user interface, and USB keyboards and other USB devices do not work with the default setting.
    These issues are resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • Mac OS X Server (10.5.5 and earlier) guest operating system cannot be installed on a virtual machine on the Fall 2008 MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • Shared folders and mirrored folders respond slowly when accessed for the first time
    You might experience slow response times while trying to access the contents of shared folders and mirrored folders from a Windows virtual machine, for the first time.  
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • USB devices fail to auto connect on Windows Vista virtual machines after restart
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • ThinPrint software causes reinstall or reconfiguration issues with third-party applications such as Adobe Acrobat
    Each time you start a Windows session and launch Windows Explorer or any other application, an issue with the ThinPrint software might cause third-party applications such as Adobe Acrobat to reinstall.
    This issue is resolved with VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • VMware Tools does not work after upgrading to VMware Fusion 2.0.1
    Upgrading to VMware Fusion 2.0.1 might result in VMware Tools not working. With Unity and during copy-paste operations, VMware Fusion might fail. Reinstalling VMware Tools and rebooting the virtual machine does not resolve the issue.
    This issue is resolved in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.
  • Performance issues after upgrading to Java JRE 1.6 Update 10
    For Java2D rendering, Java JRE 1.6 Update 10 now uses Direct3D by default if available. Upgrading to Java JRE 1.6 Update 10 might cause performance issues with the VMware Fusion 3D pipeline, with Java applets becoming slow or unresponsive.
    VMware Fusion now sets the J2D_D3D environment variable to false when starting the vmtools service so that the Java2D system does not make use of Direct3D accelerated graphics on Windows.

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Known Issues

  • VMware Tools upgrade fails in non-English language Windows virtual machines
    After upgrading to VMware Fusion 2.0.2 Build 146107, a VMware Tools upgrade might fail with internal error 2229 in a non-English language Windows virtual machine. This failure might occur during VMware Tools auto upgrade after powering on and logging in to the virtual machine, or when you manually start the VMware Tools upgrade by selecting Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools from the virtual machine menu.
    Workaround: Download the newer VMware Fusion Build 147997 and reinstall VMware Fusion 2.0.2.

  • VMware Tools installation fails in German and French language Parallels 4 virtual machines
    Installation of VMware Tools might fail in German and French language Parallels 4 virtual machines that have file sharing enabled. VMware Tools might display the error message Error 1606. Could not access network location \\.psf\Home\Documents.
    Workaround: Uninstall Parallels 4 Tools and then install VMware Tools.

  • VMware Fusion UI fails while importing a Parallels 4 virtual machine
    While importing a Parallels 4 virtual machine or Parallels server virtual machine, VMware Fusion UI might close with an error The application vmware quit unexpectedly, if the Parallels virtual machine’s system disk is not labeled 0:0 (the default value).
    Workaround: Set the Parallels 4 virtual machine’s system disk value as 0:0 (default) as follows:

    1. Select Configure from the Virtual Machine menu.
    2. Select Hard Disk in the left navigation bar.
    3. Select the Show advanced settings check box.
    4. Select 0:0 in the Location box.
  • VMware Tools is not automatically installed after using Linux Easy Install for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2
    Workaround: Select Install VMware Tools from the Virtual Machine menu to start manual installation of VMware Tools, and follow the instructions in VMware Fusion Help topic "Installing or Upgrading VMware Tools in a Linux Virtual Machine from the Command Line with the Tar Installer."
  • Standby mode causes a Boot Camp virtual machine to go into a non-responsive state
    After your Boot Camp virtual machine enters standby state either triggered by Windows power management settings or by selecting Stand by from the Start > Shut down menu, it might become non-responsive.
    Workaround: Disable Windows power management in your Boot Camp virtual machine.
  • Registry corruption message after importing Parallels Desktop 4 with Windows 2003 or Windows XP 64-bit operating system
    After importing a Parallels Desktop 4 virtual machine with the Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP 64-bit operating system, you might see the following message upon the first login: Registry hive (file:SYSTEM) has been corrupted and has been recovered. Some data may have been lost. This message does not indicate registry corruption or data loss.
  • Unable to install VMware Tools NIC driver on Microsoft Vista Enterprise SP1 32-bit Boot Camp virtual machine
    Installation of VMware Tools NIC driver on Microsoft Vista Enterprise SP1 32-bit Boot Camp virtual machine might fail if you reinstall the Boot Camp partition with another operating system and start up the Boot Camp virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library.
    Workaround: Remove the existing Boot Camp virtual machine from ~/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines. Start the Boot Camp virtual machine again and install VMware Tools.
  • Display-related issues with Google Earth
    The opening display of Google Earth appears fractured, and lines appear textured.
    There is no workaround for this issue.
  • Key mapping issues with Ctrl and Shift
    If you assign additional functions to Shift and Ctrl keys by using key mapping, performing multiple selections in a virtual machine might fail.
    Workaround: Remove key mappings for key combinations that contain modifier keys. Alternatively, you can disable all keyboard remapping.
  • Cannot display images in the GUIMotions plug-in
    If you use the TMS GUIMotions plug-in for Borland's Delphi when writing applications that you want to run on virtual machines, the images for 3D animation are not displayed.
    There is no workaround for this issue.
  • Do not install VMware Fusion 2 and CheckPoint SecureClient on the same Mac
    When both VMware Fusion 2 and SecureClient VPN applications are installed on one Mac, the Mac OS X stops responding while booting or shutting down.
    If you encounter this issue, use the following workaround to boot 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.
  • 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. Usually the drivers for them are silently installed, but on some systems, upgrading a virtual machine's virtual hardware might 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 be installed. 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 fail to install after you upgrade the virtual machine's hardware. When this happens, the New Hardware Found dialog appears every time you reboot and log in. When you try to install the drivers, the install fails.

    Workaround for Windows XP: Rebuild Windows device driver database as follows:
    1. Start the virtual machine and log in.
    2. Before clicking anything in the New Hardware Found wizard, go to Start > Run, launch cmd.exe.
    3. In the CMD window, type the following commands:
      C:
      cd \windows\inf
      del infcache.1
      exit
    4. Click Next in the New Hardware Found wizard. All the PCI-to-PCI bridges should install now.
  • DVD players fail or display an alert when you attempt to play a DVD
    Because of certain driver issues, DVD players like Windows 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 nonexistent 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, and 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, and 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 and then upgraded to Hardware Version 7 with VMware Fusion 2
    Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 virtual machines that are 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 by clicking: Virtual Machine > Downgrade Virtual Machine.
  • Do not disable USB 2.0 support for a Mac OS X Server virtual machine
    If you plug a USB device into a host machine when you are running a Mac OS X 10.5.5 virtual machine on which USB 2.0 support is disabled the virtual machine might 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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