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VMware Fusion 5 and VMware Fusion 5 Professional Release Notes

VMware Fusion 5.0 | 23 August 2012 | Build 802507

Last updated: 28 August 2012

Check frequently for additions and updates to these release notes.

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

This release of VMware Fusion adds the following new features.

New Installation Experience

The installation media for VMware Fusion have been simplified. Simply launch the VMware Fusion.app from the media or download file to install and upgrade VMware Fusion. Dragging and dropping, then launching VMware Fusion.app is also supported.

VMware Fusion can be uninstalled by quitting the application and dragging it to the trash.

Designed for Mountain Lion

VMware Fusion 5 was designed with OS X Mountain Lion in mind to give users a more Mac-like experience in running Windows programs on a Mac. Search your favorite Windows programs in Launchpad or use "AirPlay Mirroring" to stream your Mac and Windows applications on your HDTV. VMware Fusion uses Mountain Lion's notification center to display important messages. VMware Fusion 5 also works with OS X Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.7 required.)

Windows 8 Optimized

Who said Windows 8 was for PCs? Get the most out of the new Windows 8-style "Metro" applications using VMware Fusion 5 and Mountain Lion full-screen mode.

VMware Fusion 5 has been optimized to take advantage of new Windows 8 technologies and will make you wonder why you would ever consider running Windows 8 on anything other than a Mac. VMware Fusion supports Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise and includes a keyboard profile tailored for Windows 8.

VMware Fusion 5 also supports running Windows 8 from a Boot Camp partition.

Optimized for the latest Macs

Get the benefits of your new Mac with your Windows programs too. Crisp and detailed Windows applications like you've never seen before with Retina Display support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Extend your Mac's connectivity to your Windows environment and take advantage of USB 3.0 support when used with Windows 8 and recent versions of Linux with USB 3.0 support.

VMware Fusion 5 takes advantage of faster memory and faster SSD performance found in the latest Macs to deliver an experience that feels as fast as native. VMware Fusion 5 has been tuned to feel snappier and more responsive even on older Macs.

VMware Fusion 5 has been updated to provide longer battery life, particularly when the virtual machine is being lightly used.

User Interface Changes

The VMware Fusion 5 user interface has been refined to provide a more productive working environment that works well with OSX Mountain Lion. The changes include:

  • New Virtual Machine Library, updated with a choice of both icon and list views appropriate for small laptop displays and large desktop configurations. Both with active thumbnail displays.
  • The ability to create folders within the library to organize large collections of virtual machines.
  • See disk utilization and other key information directly from the virtual machine library, easing day-to-day management especially on space constrained SSD-based systems.
  • New handling of Settings and Snapshot windows making it easier to make tweaks and changes while continuing to work in the virtual machine.
  • New take and restore snapshot buttons can optionally be added to the virtual machine tool bar, making working with snapshots much more efficient.
  • The redesigned Welcome experience makes it easier for new users to get up and running.
  • The VMware Fusion Learning Center can now be accessed directly from VMware Fusion and has been updated with new video content for this release.

Virtual Hardware Changes

As always, VMware continues to improve our virtual hardware performance and capabilities with the following:

  • VMware Fusion 5 now provides support for 3D Linux desktops when running recent versions of Linux. These enable a full-fidelity desktop experience on compatible distributions such as Ubuntu 12.04.
  • VMware Fusion 5 now supports OS X Mountain Lion in a virtual machine. Get more from your Mac by running OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mountain Lion Server, OS X Lion and OS X Lion Server in virtual machines. VMware Fusion 5 is the best way to develop and test new applications for the Mac and iOS.
  • Added support for virtualizing Windows 8 (all Intel versions), VMware ESXi 5, Ubuntu 12.04, Fedora 17 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Improved support for virtualized VT-x/EPT.
  • Virtual Performance Counter support is included to enable more detailed software profiling within a virtual machine.
  • Improved support for running multiple virtual machines on Macs with 16GB RAM or more.
  • The VIX API is now included for automating common tasks using PERL or other scripting languages.
  • VMware Fusion 5 can now run restricted virtual machines. Restricted virtual machines are pre-configured and provide a streamlined experience for VMware Fusion users in a business environment.
  • VMware Fusion 5 Professional can create and run restricted virtual machines. IT professionals can create restricted virtual machines to deliver applications to users in a tested and supported configuration.

Other Changes

  • VMware Fusion 5 Professional now includes a custom network configuration tool for creating specialized virtual networks for demos, home labs and testing purposes.
  • VMware Fusion 5 is now able to directly import many OVF format virtual machines.
  • Initial support for network booting EFI-based virtual machines is included.
  • A meta-package (mpkg) is included for deploying VMware Fusion to a large number of Macs using system administration tools such as Apple Remote Desktop.

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Known Issues

The following issues might occur in VMware Fusion 5.0.

  • When importing the Boot Camp partition to a virtual machine, an error message appears
    When you import the Boot Camp partition to a virtual machine, you receive the error message VMware Fusion is unable to prepare your virtual machine. This problem occurs when Fusion is unable to apply settings to the Windows registry needed to run the imported Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine.

  • When saving documents to a FAT32 format drive in Office 2010, a Directory in Use error is seen
    A Directory in Use error is received when saving documents to a FAT32 format drive (through Shared Folders) in Office 2010. This occurs when you are using Office applications to create and save files to shared folders. This usually occurs with externally attached drives, such as a USB drive. This also occurs with Microsoft SMB shares to that same location when used by Office from a remote Windows PC.

    Workaround: Use the Office application to save and create files to a share located on the host internal drive or any drive not formatted for FAT, for example, Mac OS Extended (using Finder Get Info on the volume). Then copy the resulting file to the FAT drive.

  • Virtual machine view mode might not revert from snapshot
    If you take a virtual machine snapshot in one view mode (Single Window/Unity/Full Screen) and switch to another view mode, the virtual machine view might not revert from snapshot. While the virtual machine restores the snapshot, the view mode may not revert to the original mode.

    Workaround: Use the Fusion Menu or shortcuts to change the view mode manually.

  • Unable to boot a virtual machine from some USB 3.0 devices on MacBook Air 5.1
    You might be unable to boot a virtual machine from some USB 3.0 devices on MacBook Air 5.1.
    When attaching a USB 3.0 device, you might see the error message The device 'XXX' was unable to connect to its ideal host controller. An attempt will be made to connect this device to the available host controller. This might result in undefined behavior for this device.

    You can ignore the error message and finish installing the guest OS on the USB device. However, after restarting the virtual machine, the USB 3.0 device does not show up on the Boot Menu.

    Workaround: Use a USB 2.0 device as a replacement.

  • Cannot install the complimentary McAfee Anti-Virus software on Windows 8
    The bundled McAfee Anti-Virus introductory subscription cannot be installed on Windows 8. The Install McAfee Anti-Virus Plus menu item is not available. The McAfee installer bundled with VMware Fusion 5 does not support Windows 8 and does not install on this version of Microsoft Windows.

    Workaround: If you require Anti-Virus protection, you can use an alternative anti-virus product that supports Windows 8.

  • NetBooted Mac OS X guest might fail to reboot
    A NetBooted Mac OS X guest can fail to boot from the network when the guest OS is restarted.

    Workaround: A cold start of the virtual machine is required to reinitialize the virtual Ethernet adapter.

  • Unity mode not available for certain Linux desktops
    When you power on any guest using the Ubuntu Unity desktop environment (Ubuntu 11.10+), the Unity menu and Unity tool bar appears disabled. Unity is also disabled for guests using Compiz and Enlightenment window managers.

  • There are miscolored graphics on Windows 8 welcome screen running on a Retina display equipped Mac in Full Screen mode
    In certain configurations the login screen might be overlaid on the welcome screen, resulting in incorrect colors. Once you begin the login process, the colors will appear correctly.

  • Elements of the Windows 8-style application mode are not available in Windows 8
    Certain features of Windows 8-style applications (formerly Metro) are not available when in Unity mode (e.g. charms menu).

    Workaround: Switch to single-window mode or full-screen mode to access these features.

  • Open weblinks in guest using Mac applications does not work correctly with Windows 8
    Software can no longer programmatically set URL handlers in Windows 8.

    Workaround: Associate http and https with VMwareHostOpen.exe using the Windows Control Panel.

  • OS X virtual machines are limited to a 16MB video frame buffer
    This limits the maximum resolution of OS X in a virtual machine to approximately 2560x1600.

  • Creating a custom virtual network with mismatched IP address and net mask may result in an unusable virtual network.
    Improved validation will be included in a future release of VMware Fusion.

  • Preview versions of Microsoft Office 2013 might experience graphics rendering issues when running in a virtual machine
    When a video card is set to enable 3D acceleration, Microsoft Office 2013 applications fail to correctly render graphics.

    Workaround: Disable 3D acceleration.

  • While a Linux virtual machine is in Unity mode, the Tools service stops working after Mission Control operations
    When a Linux virtual machine runs in Unity mode, the mission control operations (such as show Mission Control, Application windows, Desktop, and Dashboard view) causes the Tools service in the virtual machine to stop working. With Tools functionaly no longer available, the virtual machine cannot, for example, auto-fit its resolution after resizing the virtual machine window, and files cannot be dragged and dropped between the host and the guest. This problem is known to occur on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.3, openSUSE12.1, Ubuntu 11.10 virtual machines, and might occur on virtual machines with other Linux distributions installed.

    Workaround: Restart the virtual machine.

  • While uninstalling the Windows 8 guest operating system tools, you encounter a black screen on the virtual machine
    When you uninstall the Windows 8 guest operation system tools, you might encounter a black screen on the virtual machine. This is due to a driver issue.

    Workaround: Wait a few minutes for the display to recover. The uninstallation of the tools should be successful once the display recoveres and should prompt you for a restart of the virtual machine.

  • Suspending and resuming a virtual machine while installing McAfee VirusScan Plus causes the McAfee installation to fail and causes the Tools installer to launch unexpectedly
    On a Windows virtual machine, when installing McAfee VirusScan Plus, if you suspend and then resume the virtual machine while the installation wizard for McAfee is open, the installation of McAfee cannot continue and the Tools installer launches. This occurs because the the McAfee installer ISO image is incorrectly unmounted and the Tools installer ISO image is mounted instead.

    Workaround: Cancel the Tools installation and restart the virtual machine.

  • The Open weblinks in guest using Mac applications virtual machine setting is not supported in Windows 8
    The Open weblinks in guest using Mac applications setting in the virtual machine Default Application settings is not supported for Windows 8 guest operating systems. If in Fusion you set Virtual Machine > Settings > Default Applications > Open weblinks in guest using Mac applications and then open a Windows 8 virtual machine, the setting does not change Windows 8 settings and weblinks are opened by the default application in Windows 8.

    Workaround: In Windows 8, open Default Programs > Set Default Programs and select Default Host Application. Click Choose default associations to manually set which file types the host should open.

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