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VMware Workstation 7.1.1 Release Notes

VMware Workstation Version 7.1.1 | 12 AUG 2010 | Build 282343

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

VMware Workstation 7.1.1 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues and adds the following new support. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 7.x users.

New Support for Guest Operating System

VMware vSphere 4.1 is now supported as a guest operating system. VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) and virtualization experts can use VMware vSphere 4.1 to install the latest server virtualization software and experiment with server setup, conduct training, show demos, and test production configurations. Running ESX as a guest eliminates the need to have spare hardware available to run ESX natively and enables ESX to run on systems that are not listed on the ESX hardware compatibility list (HCL). For more information on the supported processors and host operating systems, see Considerations for Running an ESX Guest.

This feature is intended for educational and demonstration purposes only and should not be used in production environments. To use this feature, you must download VMware vSphere 4.1 from the VMware Web site and follow the installation documentation provided with VMware vSphere to install ESX.

For more information on VMware vSphere, see http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/ .

Prior Releases of Workstation

Features from prior releases of VMware Workstation are described in the release notes for each release, along with existing known issues. To view release notes for the prior release of VMware Workstation, see VMware Workstation 7.1.

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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 them.
    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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Resolved Issues

VMware Workstation 7.1.1 release resolves the following issues:
  • In some cases upon starting a virtual machine, the USB arbitration service might fail to start on systems that do not have a device identified as USBFDO-0 and prevent the use of USB devices in the virtual machine. The following error message appears," Host USB device connections disabled". For this release, the USB arbitration service is updated to start whenever a USB device exists even if no devices meet this criteria.
  • When a host system failure occurs during a virtual machine disk operation, attempting to power on the virtual machine or mount the virtual disk using the VMware Disk Mount utility causes the following error messages to appear, " Cannot open the disk... The specified virtual disk needs repair" and "Error reading volume information. Please select another disk file". There is no data lost during this process. VMware Workstation 7.1.1 fixes these issues and enables virtual machine operations to resume.
  • Mapping a virtual disk with multiple partitions to a drive on the host machine and enabling write access only succeeds if you are mounting the first partition. This update enables other partitions to be successfully mounted and accessible to the host operating system.