VMware Fusion 6 and VMware Fusion 6 Professional Release Notes

VMware Fusion 6.0 | 03 September 2013 | Build 1296151

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

This release of VMware Fusion adds the following new features.

VMware Fusion New Features

  • Up to 16 cores and 64GB of RAM per virtual machine with new virtual Hardware Version 10. The size of a virtual machine that can be created is only constrained by the resources available on the Mac.
  • Support for Dictation into Windows applications.
  • Updated PC Migration Assistant with improved support for migrating Windows 8-based PCs.
  • Virtual SATA device support.
  • Support for virtual disks up to 8TB in size. Boot disks should not exceed 2TB.
  • Improved support for running Windows from Boot Camp including Windows 8.
  • Support for installing OS X Lion and Mountain Lion in a virtual machine from the Mac's recovery partition.
  • Duplicate a virtual machine from the library by creating a full clone.
  • Enforce expiration of a restricted virtual machine based on the Mac's time settings and a trusted time reference.
  • Windows Store applications are now shown in the dock and can be launched from Launch Pad and Spotlight.
  • Improved support for Mac OS X guests, including full resolution on 15" Retina Mac Book Pro and less tearing when dragging windows.
  • New sizing option when working with Windows 7 or higher on a retina-display equipped Mac. Access the new option under Settings > Display > Automatically adjust user interface size in Windows.

VMware Fusion Professional New Features

  • Ability to create a restricted virtual machine that expires at a particular date and time.
  • Mac-wide preference to allow virtual machines to enter promiscuous mode without a user interface prompt, accessed under Preferences > Network > Require authentication to enter promiscuous mode. This is helpful when running VMware ESX or VMware vSphere in a virtual machine.
  • Ability to run virtual machines in the background, without a window. This is enabled under Preferences > General > Confirm before closing, then select Run in background when closing a virtual machine window.
  • Improved support for Time Machine inside a virtual machine. This improvement requires a new installation of Mac OS X inside this version of VMware Fusion.

User Interface

  • Updated New Virtual Machine Assistant.
  • New evaluation and trial experience.
  • Redesigned Settings > CPU and Memory to provide clearer guidance when configuring virtual machines.
  • Redesigned Settings > Compatibility to provide more information about the limits associated with each virtual hardware version and product compatibility.
  • You can now suppress the virtual hardware upgrade prompt under Settings > Compatibility.
  • New Settings > Isolation options to disable copy-and-paste and drag-and-drop.
  • Accessing the BIOS or EFI in a virtual machine is now much easier. Under Settings > Startup Disk, hold the Alt/Option key and select Restart to firmware.

Operating Systems

  • Support for Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 Professional when available.
  • Support for Mac OS 10.9, and Mac OS 10.9 Server when available.
  • Support for Ubuntu 13.04 in a virtual machine.
  • Improved media detection for many operating systems, including Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview.

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Known Issues

The following issues might occur in VMware Fusion 6.0.

General Known Issues

  • VMware Fusion 6 might crash when opened on a Mac that previously contained a license key for VMware Fusion 1 or 2.

    Workaround: Follow the steps in KB 2058900 at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2058900.

  • Unreleased versions of Operating Systems should work, but are not supported by, VMware. Support will be provided for the Generally Available versions of Windows 8.1 and Mac OS 10.9 when possible.
  • The virtual BIOS automatically boots from the first hard disk drive only. When multiple hard disks are configured for a virtual machine explicitly setting the boot device under Settings > Startup Disk is recommended.
  • On mid-2013 Mac Book Air machines, the FaceTime HD Camera is not available for sharing since it is not a USB device.

    Workaround: Access the camera from a native Mac application, or connect an external USB webcam.

  • NAT mode not working
    Certain third-party tools, such as Little Snitch, may prevent network traffic from reaching virtual machines, particularly in NAT mode.

    Workaround: Uninstall Little Snitch before installing VMware Fusion.

  • USB 3.0 devices may not be recognized
    USB 3.0 devices may not be recognized, or may malfunction, when connected to Windows 7 or earlier. Windows 7 does not include support for USB 3.0 devices.

    Workaround: Ensure the Settings > USB And Bluetooth > USB Compatibility is set to USB 2.0, then connect the device to your Mac using a USB 2.0 hub or USB 2.0 cable to force USB 2.0 mode.

  • USB sound device not working
    Connecting a USB sound device to Windows may result in a slow response or failure to play sound.

    Workaround: Connect the USB sound device to the Mac and select it as the default sound output device.

  • Virtual Machine shows black screen
    In some configurations the virtual machine may be black when displayed on an Apple TV.

    Workaround: Power on the virtual machine before connecting the Apple TV.

Windows Guests Known Issues

  • Internet Explorer not visible in Unity mode
    The Windows Store version of Internet Explorer is not visible in Unity mode.

    Workaround: Use the desktop application version of Internet Explorer, or use single window mode or full screen modes.

  • Upgrading VMware Tools may result in Windows desktop black screen
    In isolated cases, upgrading VMware Tools may result in the Windows desktop appearing black for two minutes before completing successfully.

    Workaround: Apply the Windows 8.0 May 2013 roll-up prior to upgrading VMware Tools. See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2836988 for more information.

  • McAfee Virus Scan Plus software is not compatible with Windows 8.1
    The included introductory McAfee Virus Scan Plus software is not compatible with Windows 8.1.

    Workaround: Configure Windows Defender provided with Windows 8.1.

  • Connecting to the Mac's network sharing may fail during PC migration
    When migrating an existing PC to VMware Fusion, connecting to the Macís network sharing may fail.

    Workaround: Disable file sharing on the Mac, then reboot the Mac to reset Apple File Sharing. Then repeat the PC migration.

  • Windows Store applications not appearing in Unity
    In Windows 8.1, when two Windows Store applications are displayed side-by-side, the application on the right will not appear in Unity mode.

    Workaround: Click on the minimized dock icon, or switch to single window or full screen modes.

  • Start screen appears unexpectedly
    Using Command+Tab to switch between a Windows Store and classic desktop application occasionally results in the Start Screen being triggered.

  • Windows Store applications requiring log in not showing correctly
    In certain scenarios, Windows Store applications that require you to log in to your Microsoft account will not be shown correctly in Unity mode.

    Workaround: Switch to single window or full-screen modes to complete the log in.

Mac OS X Guests Known Issues

  • Hardware accelerated 3D graphics are not available to Mac OS X guests
    Hardware accelerated 3D graphics are not available to Mac OS X guests. This may prevent some applications from working as expected e.g. Maps.

  • ISO files not accessible via shared folders
    ISO files mounted on the Mac are not accessible via shared folders from a Mac guest.

    Workaround: Access the ISO contents using the virtual DVD device instead of shared folders.

  • Finder displaying false messages when copying files
    Enabling shared folders feature without any shared folders can cause Finder to give spurious messages when copying files.

    Workaround: Ensure there is at least one shared folder before powering on the virtual machine.

Other Guest Operating Systems Known Issues

  • OpenSUSE 12.3 may hang during installation
    OpenSUSE 12.3 may hang during installation.

    Workaround: Assign two cores to the virtual machine during installation. After installation is complete, revert to one core.

  • Linux guests do not register mouse clicks
    When running unreleased versions of Mac OS X, some Linux guests do not register mouse clicks until the guest operating system has been rebooted.

    Workaround: Reboot guest operating system.

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