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Keys for VMware Workstation 10.0.1-1379776

VMware Workstation 10 delivers best-in-class Windows 8 support, and innovative

new features that transform the way technical professionals work with virtual

machines, whether they reside on their PCs or on private enterprise clouds.

*New Operating System Support

Support has been added for:

-Windows 8.1

-Windows 8.1 Enterprise

-Windows Server 2012 R2

-Ubuntu 13.10

As well as for the latest Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat and OpenSUSE releases.

*VMware Hardware Version 10

This version of VMware Workstation includes VMware hardware Version 10 and is

compatible with vSphere 5.5. Hardware versions introduce new virtual hardware

functionality and new features while enabling VMware to run legacy operating

systems in our virtual machines. New features included in this hardware


*16 vCPUs

Virtual machines can now run with up to 16 virtual CPUs. This enables very

processor intensive applications to be run in a virtual machine.

Note: Running virtual machines with 16 vCPUs requires that both your host

and guest operating system support 16 logical processors. Your physical

machine must have at least 8 cores with hyper-threading enabled to power

on a virtual machine with this configuration.

*8 Terabyte Disks

Virtual machines can now include virtual disks greater than 2 Terabytes.

Given the limitations of most operating systems to boot from disks greater

than 2 Terabytes, These large disks are most useful as secondary drives for

file storage.

Note: To use a disk greater than 2TB for a boot disk, your guest operating

system would need to boot using EFI in order to read a GPT formatted disk

which is required to access all of the sectors on a disk of this size.

Additionally, the Buslogic controller is not capable of supporting a disk

greater than 2TB.

Extra murphy78 note: To enable EFI boot mode, edit the .VMX file and add:

firmware = "efi"

Alternatively, to set it back to bios (legacy) boot, change to:

firmware = "bios"

*Virtual SATA Disk Controller

A SATA I/O controller can now be selected during the creation of a custom

virtual machine in addition to an IDE and SCSI controller. This enables use

of in-box SATA drivers that are shipped with operation systems.

*USB Improvements

USB 3 Streams have been implemented to enable high speed transfer of files

from USB 3 external storage devices that support this technology. For

customers running Workstation 10 on laptops with small hard disks, large

data files, video files etc., can be stored on an external USB 3 storage

device and accessed quickly from within the virtual machine.

VMware has also addressed issues Intel, NEC, AMD, TI and Linux Kernel host

xHCI drivers to improve overall USB 3 compatibility and performance.

*More VMnets

Due to demand, VMware has doubled the number of VMnets in Workstation 10

to twenty! This provides you with more virtual networks to dedicate to

specific uses, and it enables more complex networked virtual environments

to be built.

*SSD Pass-through

Windows 8 is capable of detecting when it is being run from a solid state

drive (SSD) and optimizes itself for this hardware. In Workstation 10, the

guest operating system will be able to detect when the virtual machine Disk

file is being stored on an SSD drive and the operating system can make the

same optimizations when it is running in a virtual machine.

Many additional changes have been made to this Hardware Version including

some performance improvements, power savings, and compatibility with new

processors. We have also made significant improvements in the startup time

of VMware Workstation and in Windows boot time when running Windows virtual


*Expiring Virtual Machines

VMware has enhanced the capabilities of Restricted Virtual Machines to

include the ability to expire a virtual machine on a specified date and

time. This feature enables our customers to create virtual machines to be

shared with employees, students, customers, contractors, etc. The

restricted virtual machine will run until their contract terminates,

demo runs out, or course ends.

The expiring capability establishes a secure connection to a web server

to validate the current date and time and prevent users from rolling back

their system clock to circumvent the logic. The ability to set the

synchronization frequency has been added to allow customers to balance the

need for timely expiration and the load on their network. Expiring virtual

machines also include the ability to display a custom message for virtual

machines about to expire and after a virtual machine has expired. Finally,

a lease period can be defined to allow users to run offline for plane trips

and remote work.

*Virtual Tablet Sensors

Workstation runs very well on the new tablet and convertible PCs. Last year

VMware enabled touch screen input to be passed through to the virtual

machine. Workstation 10 introduces a virtual Accelerometer, Gyroscope,

Compass and Ambient Light sensor.

Customers who run Workstation 10 on a Windows 8 tablet and install Windows

8 in a VM, will be able to shake, twirl, tilt, and spin their tablet and

sensor aware applications running in a virtual machine will respond


*User Interface Enhancements

There are many user interface improvements that we have included in the

Workstation 10 release. The highlights include:

*Windows 8 Unity Mode Support

We are continuing to improve how the Workstation Unity user-interface works

with Microsoft's "Modern UI" or the "Microsoft Design Language"

(The new tile interface in Windows 8 formerly known as Metro).

Microsoft Store applications are now available in the Unity menu and can be

launched directly from it.

*Multiple Monitor Navigation

When running with 2, 3, 4 or more monitors it has been frustrating to use

the full screen mode in Workstation and toggle through each combination of

monitors to get to the one you want. The full screen toolbar now has an

option to choose your configuration from a menu and jump to it immediately.

*Power Off Suspended Virtual Machines

Workstation 10 lets you simply power off a suspended Virtual Machine in

order to make changes to the configuration without powering it on and then

off first. Powering off a suspended virtual machine will lose any

information stored in memory, but will not lose anything saved to the

virtual disk.

*Remote Hardware Upgrade

When working with virtual machines running remotely on vSphere or on

another instance of Workstation, you can now remotely upgrade the virtual

hardware version.

*Localized into Simplified Chinese

The Workstation user interface and online help has been translated into

Simplified Chinese.

*New Converter

This release includes the latest version of the VMware Standalone Converter.

The Converter enables users to turn a physical machine into a virtual

machine. This version of the Converter includes the ability to convert

machines running Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and RHEL 6 operating

systems. It supports virtual and physical machines with Unified Extensible

Firmware Interfaces (UEFI) and EXT4 file systems as well as GUID Partition

Table (GPT) disks.


The Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) is a virtual machine distribution

format that supports sharing virtual machines between products and

organizations. The VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility that

enables a user to import and export OVF packages to and from a wide

variety of VMware products. The latest release of the OVFTool is included

with VMware Workstation 10 and is used to upload and download virtual

machines to and from vSphere. The OVFTool is also used to import an .OVF

file which may come in handy when importing virtual machines created using

desktop virtualization software developed by Oracle.

*VMRun Enhancements

The VMRun command line utility has been enhanced with two new options

getGuestIPAddress and checkToolsState to retrieve the IP address of the

guest operating system and determine the state of VMware Tools in a guest.

*Cloud Management Tools

The VMware Workstation team has been making enhancements and working with

partners to enable cloud management tools to be used with virtual machines

running in VMware Workstation 10.

*We would like to thank Mitchell Hashimoto at Vagrant for his development

of the Vagrant VMware Provider. See VMware Vagrant Environments - Vagrant for more


*VMware would also like to thank Christian Hammond for the development of a

Chef knife plug-in for VMware Workstation. See

https://github.com/chipx86/knife-wsfusion for more information.

*Embedded 30-day Trial

Workstation 10 can now be evaluated for 30-days by simply entering your

email address the first time you run the application. This change is

intended to make it much easier for our customers to learn about the

latest release of VMware Workstation without their license keys being

trapped by spam filters.

*VMware KVM

Many of our customers have asked for a way to run a virtual machine so that

their users do not realize they are running in a virtual machine. VMware

Workstation 10 includes a new executable (on Windows only for now) called

VMware KVM. Run vmware-kvm.exe vmx-file.vmx from the command line and your

virtual machine will launch in full screen with no toolbar or any other

indicator that you are running a VM. You can use Ctrl-Alt to ungrab from the

virtual machine and the Pause/Break key to toggle between multiple virtual

machines running under VMware KVM, or between a virtual machine and the host

system. The user experience should be just like that of using a KVM switch -

hence the name.

If you simply type vmware-kvm.exe from the command line you will get some

options that can be used in this format:

vmware-kvm.exe [OPTIONS] vmx-file.vmx

If you run vmware-kvm.exe --preferences you will presented with an interface

that allows you to configure certain behaviors such as the key used to cycle

between virtual machines.

This is the latest generation of an executable previously called

VMware-fullscreen.exe that previously shipped with Workstation 8 with a

major upgrade in display handling.

*WSX 1.1

Try out the latest version of WSX which can be found on the VMware

Communities page at: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/wsx.

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in this release of VMware Workstation.

*Easy Install supports RTM versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Easy Install now supports RTM versions of Windows 8.1 and

Windows Server 2012 R2.

*Workstation or Player on Windows freezes if another application is frozen.

Other stuck Windows applications could cause Workstation or Player to freeze

while waiting for the application to respond.

*Virtual machine hangs when powering off

Rarely, virtual machines will cease functioning (hang) while powering off,

particularly if the guest OS was in the middle of a BSOD or kernel panic.

*Improved compatibility with some AMD CPUs

Updated masking to match capabilities of certain AMD PileDriver CPUs.

*Virtual machines displayed incorrectly on a multi-monitor Windows host when

the displays have differing pixel density (DPI.)

*Boot from CD/DVD when Legacy Floppy is disabled

Known Issues

Known issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation 10 also might apply

to VMware Workstation 10.0.1.

*Workstation UI may crash when creating full clones of very large virtual


Workstation for Windows may run out of memory creating a full clone of a

virtual machine with virtual disks many terabytes in size.

Workaround: Copy the virtual machine outside VMware Workstation or use

VMware Workstation for Linux.

*Cannot launch Workstation in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4

If you cannot launch Workstation on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 host,

you may not have sudo access in gksu.

Workaround: Change your gksu settings in /etc/vmware/config, using

gksu.rootMethod. Set gksu.rootMethod to sudo or su.

*Hot-plug operations involving SATA virtual disks do not work

VMware Workstation allows you to add virtual disks connected to the SATA

adapter while the virtual machine is powered on. When you do this,

Workstation shows the operation was successfully completed, but disks are

not visible to the operating system installed in the virtual machine.

Workaround: Power off the virtual machine, connect the disk, then power the

virtual machine back on.

*ODBC driver creation shuts down when shared folders are enabled on a

Windows 2008 guest

When creating an ODBC driver for use in mapping a drive, the ODBC dialog

disappears during the step when you select a Workbook and choose a folder

and Workstation crashes.

Workaround: Do not map any VMware shared folders as drive letters. Use the

Universal Naming Convention (UNC) paths instead, for example:

\\vmware-host\Shared Folders\

*VMware Tools changes cause black screen in virtual machine

After VMware Tools are uninstalled or automatically upgraded for a

Windows 8.0 virtual machine, the virtual machine may display as a black

screen for two minutes.

Workaround: Install Windows 8.0 update KB2836988 or upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Do not shut down the virtual machine when it is in black screen.




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