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What's New in Version 4

What's New in Version 4

Whether you're a long-time power user of VMware Workstation or a beginning user who is just learning what you can do with virtual machines, the new features in VMware Workstation 4 extend its capabilities and make it easier to use. This release features

  • Improved core support for x86 architecture PCs
  • Improved multimedia support
  • UI and usability improvements
  • Improved networking infrastructure
New in Version 4

New in Version 4

Here are some highlights of key features to explore in VMware Workstation 4:

Snapshots

Snapshots

You can take a snapshot of your virtual machine's state, a point-in-time copy of the running system state, saved to disk. You can revert to that snapshot at any time - making it easier to do repetitive testing and debugging. You can also configure a virtual machine so it reverts to the snapshot each time you power it off. See Taking and Reverting to a Snapshot for details.

Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop

You can drag and drop files and folders in both directions between Windows hosts and Windows guests. See Using Drag and Drop for details.

Shared Folders

Shared Folders

Shared folders give you an easy way to share files between the host and one or more guests. See Using Shared Folders for details.

Full Debug Support

Full Debug Support

Programmers now have the full functionality of native program debugging within a virtual machine with support for both user- and kernel-level debuggers. For more information on configuring virtual machines for a debugging session, see Examples: Debugging over a Virtual Serial Port.

Improved Sound and Video

Improved Sound and Video

Listen to music in a virtual machine with the high fidelity provided by the new sound device, which emulates the popular Creative Labs Sound Blaster® AudioPCI. Get upgraded high performance graphics that let you display streaming video without skipping a beat.

New Operating System Support.

New Operating System Support.

Get the freedom to choose the operating systems and applications that work best for you. VMware Workstation 4 provides support for Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003; Red Hat Linux 8.0 and 9.0, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 2.1; SuSE Linux 8.0, 8.1, 8.2 and Enterprise Server 8; and Mandrake Linux 9.0.

New User Interface

New User Interface

The Linux user interface is updated throughout, and includes a completely revamped Virtual Machine Control Panel. Windows hosts have an updated Favorites list. And on both hosts, you can run multiple virtual machines in the same window and tab from one to another using the new quick switch mode. See Running VMware Workstation for details.

Network Settings (Windows Host)

Network Settings (Windows Host)

The Virtual Network Editor for Windows hosts now provides a graphical interface you can use to change the configuration of the DHCP servers running on your virtual networks. It also lets you configure the NAT device and the host virtual adapters. See Changing the Networking Configuration for details.

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