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VMware Workstation 7.1 Release Notes

VMware Workstation Version 7.1 | 25 MAY 2010 | Build 261024

Last Document Update: 26 JULY 2011

Check frequently for additions and updates to these release notes.

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

This release of VMware Workstation adds the following new features and support:

New Support for 32-Bit and 64-Bit Operating Systems  

This release provides support for the following host and guest operating systems:

    Operating System

    Host and Guest Support

    Ubuntu 8.04.4 Host and guest
    Ubuntu 10.04 Host and guest
    OpenSUSE 11.2 Host and guest
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Host and guest
    Fedora 12 Guest
    Debian 5.0.4 Guest
    Mandriva 2009.1 Guest

New Features in VMware Workstation

  • OpenGL 2.1 Support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista Guests — Improves the ability to run graphics-based applications in virtual machines.
  • Improved Graphics Performance — Enhanced performance with better benchmarks, frame rates, and improved rendering on Windows 7 and Windows Vista guests allows you to run various graphics-based applications. In addition, major improvements in video playback enable you to play high-resolution videos in virtual machines.
  • Automatic Software Updates — Download and install VMware Tools and receive maintenance updates when available.
  • Direct Launch — Drag guest applications from the Unity start menu directly onto the host desktop. Double-click the shortcut to open the guest application. The shortcut remains on the desktop after you exit Unity and close VMware Workstation.
  • Autologon — Save your login credentials and bypass the login dialog box when you power on a Windows guest. Use this feature if you restart the guest frequently and want to avoid entering your login credentials. You can enable Autologon and use direct launch to open guest applications from the host.
  • OVF 1.1 Support — Import or export virtual machines and vApps to upload them to VMware vSphere or VMware vCloud. The VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility bundled in the VMware Workstation installer. Use this tool along with VMware Workstation to convert VMware .vmx files to .ovf format or vice versa. VMware recommends that you use the OVF command-line utility. For more information, see the OVF Web site and OVF Tool User Guide.
  • Eight-Way SMP Support — Create and run virtual machines with a total of up to eight-processor cores.
  • 2TB Virtual Disk Support — Maximum virtual disks and raw disks size increased from 950GB to 2TB.
  • Encryption Enhancements — VMware Workstation includes support for Intel's Advanced Encryption Standard instruction set (AES-NI) to improve performance while encrypting and decrypting virtual machines and faster run-time access to encrypted virtual machines on new processors.
  • Memory Management — User interface enhancements have simplified the handling of increased virtual memory capacity.
  • User Experience Improvement Program — Help VMware improve future versions of the product by participating in the User Experience Improvement Program. Participation in the program is voluntary and you can opt out at any time. When you participate in the User Experience Improvement Program, your computer sends anonymous information to VMware, which may include product configuration; usage and performance data, virtual machine configuration; usage and performance data, and information about your host system specifications and configuration.

    The User Experience Improvement Program does not collect any personal data, such as your name, address, telephone number, or email address that can be used to identify or contact you. No user identifiable data such as the product license key or MAC address are sent to VMware. VMware does not store your IP address with the data that is collected.

    For more information about the User Experience Improvement Program, click the Learn More link during installation or from the VMware Workstation Preferences menu.

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Known Issues

The known issues for VMware Workstation are grouped by topic in the following sections.

Software Updates

The known issues under this section are only applicable when upgrading from the VMware Workstation 7.1 release candidate to the current VMware Workstation 7.1 release. The following known issues have been fixed in the current release.
  • When you install or uninstall the release candidate version of VMware Workstation 7.1 on a Windows host, some of the network or USB device drivers might not work properly.
    Workaround: Before you install or uninstall VMware Workstation, make a list of drivers in the Device Manager. Install or uninstall VMware Workstation and manually reinstall the network or USB device drivers that are not working or might be missing.
  • Upgrading VMware Workstation on non-English versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 hosts might cause the vmUpdateLauncher.exe program to fail and trigger high CPU and memory usage.
    Workaround: In the %PROGRAMFILES%\VMware\VMware Workstation directory, replace the vmUpdateLauncher.exe file with the one available on VMware Communities.
  • On Linux hosts, if the screen saver becomes active during the VMware Workstation software update process, the update might fail.
    Workaround: Disable your screen saver before initiating the VMware Workstation software update process.
  • When downloading software updates via a slow Internet connection, you might receive a timeout error resulting in an unsuccessful download.
    Workaround: Download VMware Workstation 7.1 from the VMware Web site and manually install the product.

Installation, Upgrade, and Compatibility

  • The WDDM graphics driver included in the VMware Workstation 7.1 release is not compatible with VMware Workstation 7.0 and earlier releases. To run a virtual machine in an older version of VMware Workstation, revert to the previous version of the WDDM driver.
    Workaround: Uninstall the current version of VMware Tools and install the previously released version.
  • Currently available pre-release versions of OpenSUSE 11.3 might not work properly with Easy Install.
  • On Windows hosts, if VMware applications or virtual machines are running under a different user, then the current user might not be able to upgrade VMware Workstation concurrently.
    Workaround: To upgrade VMware Workstation, complete the following steps:
    1. Open Windows Task Manager.
    2. Verify that VMware applications or virtual machines are running under a different user.
    3. Switch to that user.
    4. Close all VMware applications and virtual machines.
    5. Switch back and upgrade VMware Workstation.
    If you do not have the proper permission to switch, contact your system administrator.
  • On Linux hosts, changes to the System proxy settings and Manual proxy settings might take effect after you restart VMware Workstation.
  • On Windows Server 2008 hosts, if you are not logged in as an Administrative user or your group policy disallows .msi installers, VMware Workstation and VMware Tools update might fail.
  • In some instances, using Easy Install to create a virtual machine with Kubuntu 10.04 might result in a blank screen after the virtual machine restarts for the first time.
    Workaround: Restart the virtual machine.
  • Installing the Linux version of VMware Workstation in a directory where the path contains spaces, might cause the OVF Tool to launch incorrectly.
    Workaround: To launch the OVF Tool, implement one of the following workarounds:
    • Install the Linux version of VMware Workstation in a directory path without spaces.
    • Edit line 23 of the ovftool script to contain the following command: "$OVFTOOL_BIN" "$@".
  • On SUSE 11.2 and possibly other Linux distributions, the sudo command does not preserve the DISPLAY environment, which could cause the VMware Workstation installer user interface to fail.
    Workaround: To preserve the DISPLAY environment add Defaults env_keep+="DISPLAY" to the /etc/sudoers file.
  • Installing VMware Workstation in a directory path that contains non-ASCII characters might cause an unsuccessful installation or cause guest application shortcuts to become unresponsive when you try to open.
    Workaround: Install VMware Workstation in a directory path containing only ASCII characters.

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Display

  • In some cases, entering Unity mode on Windows 7 virtual machines with Aero configured to use more than two monitors could disable migration of Unity windows between monitors.
    Workaround: Exit and reenter Unity mode.
  • Exiting FIFA 08 game on Windows 7 guests and hosts with Aero enabled, might cause the desktop wallpaper to turn black.
  • Running OpenGL applications using full screen view across multiple displays on a Windows XP virtual machine might fail.
  • There are known issues with the ATI Linux driver 10.2. VMware recommends that you use ATI Linux driver 9.11 for the best 3D user experience.
  • On Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines in Unity mode, using the mouse to perform graphic or text editing tasks might result in a delay in rendering the edits.
    Workaround: Disable Aero mode in the virtual machine.
  • Enabling Aero on hosts with Intel Integrated Graphics processing unit might cause display issues in a virtual machine.
  • On Windows hosts, you might experience some usability issues while attempting to interact with Fedora 13 virtual machine applications in Unity mode.
  • On Fedora 13 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 virtual machines, Unity mode might not support maximizing virtual machine application windows.
  • On Fedora 13 virtual machines, dragging guest applications along the edges of the guest display might cause the mouse functions to become unresponsive.
  • When running Left 4 Dead application, transitioning the virtual machine between console view and full screen mode, might cause the application to display incorrectly.
    Workaround: Restart the application to restore display.
  • On Japanese version of Windows, using non-ASCII characters to name the host might cause the Start menu to not show in Unity mode.
  • In some instances, virtual machines suspended in VMware Workstation 7.x might not resume in Workstation 6.0 or earlier versions.

Integrated Virtual Debuggers

  • On Ubuntu 10.04 hosts, debugging with the Eclipse C/C++ Remote Debugging plug-in might fail with the error message "/usr/bin/xterm: can't execvp /mnt/hgfs/gdbserverDirectory/gdbserver: Protocol error".
  • The Integrated Virtual Debugger´s live debugging mode does not support Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
  • Live debugging mode does not work on encrypted virtual machines.

Miscellaneous

  • Running a virtual machine on a Linux host with grsecurity patches might cause the host to restart unexpectedly.
  • Using fast user switching might cause unpredictable behavior in the Windows virtual machine, including problems with the mouse and with CPU usage.
    Workaround: Allow the Windows guest operating system to start and reach an idle state before you log in to the first user account.
  • Printer device might not work on Ubuntu 10.04 hosts.
    Workaround: Manually configure the network or USB printer to print from the virtual machine.
  • Converter does not support virtual disk size that exceeds 950GB.
    Workaround: Change the disk size value to 950GB.
  • Recording or replaying some 3D applications with record/replay might cause memory allocation failures.
    Workaround: Set memory allocation to 500MB in the vmx configuration file; mainMem.vaCacheSize = "500".
  • Record/replay might not function properly if the virtual machine has a serial port configured to serial<port_number>.fileType = thinprint setting.
  • On Linux hosts, launching a virtual machine application shortcut that includes either non-ASCII characters or a long path might not work on the first attempt.
  • Full screen switch mode is no longer supported, but it is still documented in the Workstation User's Manual.
    Workaround: Disregard the documentation.

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