VMware Workstation 11.1.2 Release Notes

VMware Workstation 11.1.2 | 15 June 2015

Last updated: 15 June 2015

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VMware Workstation enables technical professionals to develop, test, demonstrate, and deploy software by running multiple x86-based Windows, Linux, and other operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

You can replicate server, desktop, and tablet environments in a virtual machine and allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory and graphics memory to each virtual machine, whether the VM resides on a personal PC or on a private enterprise cloud.

These release notes include the following topics.

What's New

This release of VMware Workstation includes bug fixes.

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Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for prior releases of VMware Workstation 11, click the following links:

Known Issues

The following issues might occur in VMware Workstation 11.1.2.

  • Users sometime cannot edit the permissions of a shared virtual machine
    After adding a new virtual machine user to a shared virtual machine and saving the settings, users sometimes cannot update the permissions again.
    Workaround: Uninstall Workstation by unchecking the VMware Workstation configuration check box on the Preserve Workstation configurations screen and install again.

  • You cannot launch Workstation in-product Help on Windows 10 Insider Preview systems
    Selecting Help > Help Topics in Workstation fails on Windows 10 Insider Preview systems.
    Workaround: Access the online help by selecting Help > Online Document.

  • When installing VMware Tools on a system with Fedora 20 in 32-bit mode, an error message sometimes occurs
    The following error message might occur when running Fedora 20 in 32-bit mode, “no valid kernel headers found...”
    Workaround: Before installing VMware Tools, make sure to install a special RPM called kernel-PAE-devel, available on the installation media..

  • Using a USB headset with a Windows 8 or later guest operating system does not work
    Because most USB headsets expect a USB 2.0 controller, whereas Windows 8 and later guest operating systems use a USB 3.0 controller by default, you cannot use USB headsets with Windows 8 or later guests.
    Workaround: Change the USB controller of the guest from USB 3.0 to USB 2.0.

  • Virtual machines that you upload to vCloud Air cannot access the Internet
    You must use the VMware vCloud Air portal to configure outbound Internet connectivity.
    Workaround: Follow the instructions in the Knowledge Base article Allowing outbound Internet connectivity to a virtual machine within VMware vCloud Air (2053464)

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Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in VMware Workstation 11.1.2.

  • Two interface items on the Access Control screen used the same hot-key combination
    In a virtual machine, on the Access Control screen, VM > Settings > Options > Access Control, the Encrypt button and the Require the user to change the encryption password when this virtual machine is moved or copied check box both used the same hot-key combination.
    This issue is resolved. These two items now use different hot-key combinations.

  • Attempting to suspend a Windows virtual machine with the Sensor Diagnostic Tool running caused the virtual machine to become unresponsive
    When you attempted to suspend a Windows virtual machine while the Sensor Diagnostic Tool was running, the screen went black and provided no option to quit or power off the virtual machine.
    This issue is resolved.

  • Using audio conferencing software on a Windows 8 guest operating system caused a severe echo during both video and audio calls
    When you used audio conferencing software on a Windows 8 guest, participants using the built in speaker, as opposed to headphones, received a severe echo during both video and audio calls.
    This issue is resolved.

  • On the Windows 95 guest operating system, the mouse cursor jumped
    When you moved the mouse in a Windows 95 guest, the cursor sometimes jumped to the side.
    This issue is resolved. The cursor moves smoothly in a Windows 95 guest now.

  • Symbolic links created within a Windows guest operating system on a Linux host did not list files under subdirectories
    When you created a symbolic link, such as with the mklink command, from the local disk to a shared folder in a Windows guest on a Linux host, files and subdirectories were not listed under the shared folder.
    This is resolved in this release, but requires a workaround. For the symbolic link to work successfully, configure sharedFolderX.hostDefaultCase = "FALSE" in the .vmx file, where X is the number of the shared folder that is used for the target of the symbolic link command you use.

  • Workstation did not display Regions in the VMware vCloud Air Subscription node
    This issue is resolved.

  • Workstation could not automatically detect the Fedora 21 ISO when creating a new Fedora 21 virtual machine
    You had to manually select the Fedora 21 guest operating system.
    This issue is resolved.

  • Under specific conditions, when the alipaybsm.exe file was installed on the Workstation host, network service was disrupted
    The alipaybsm.exe file is associated with the Alipay security control software developed by Alipay.com. A network service disturbance could occur when this EXE file was installed on the Workstation host.
    This issue is resolved.

  • After connecting to vCloud Air from Workstation, no virtual machines were listed in the Workstation virtual machine library
    After connecting to vCloud Air from Workstation, no virtual machines were listed in the Workstation virtual machine library.
    This issue is resolved.

  • Using Easy Install for the Ubuntu 15.04 guest operating system with kernel 3.19.0-15-generic prevented you from enabling folder sharing
    When you used Easy Install to install the Ubuntu 15.04 guest with kernel 3.19.0-15-generic, Open VMware Tools (open-vm-tools), which are installed automatically and do not include the Shared Folder feature, prevented you from enabling folder sharing, even when you installed VMware Tools by selecting VM > Reinstall VMware Tools.
    This issue is resolved. Now, after you use Easy Install, you can install VMware Tools to enable folder sharing.

  • Reverting to a snapshot failed following a specific set of steps
    When you powered off a virtual machine, changed its virtual device node setting, and powered the machine back on, an attempt to then revert to a snapshot failed.
    This issue is resolved.

  • A Windows 10 Insider Preview guest operating system running idly caused Workstation to crash
    When you let a Windows 10 Insider Preview guest run idly for a couple of hours or more, Workstation sometimes crashed.
    This issue is resolved.

  • Using the Easy Install option to install the Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 15.04 guest operating system failed to install VMware Tools
    This issue is resolved.

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Security Issues

  • VMware Workstation 11.1.2 has been updated to OpenSSL library version openssl-1.0.1m. This OpenSSL library version addresses several OpenSSL security issues including CVE-2014-3571, CVE-2015-0206, CVE-2014-3569, CVE-2014-3572, CVE-2015-0204, CVE-2015-0205, CVE-2014-8275, and CVE-2014-3570.