Fusion

New Innovations in VMware Workstation & VMware Fusion Updates

We’ve announced some pretty big updates to our flagship desktop hypervisor product lines, VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation. Our latest updates bring a variety of new features for IT pros, developers, businesses and home users.

Workstation 14 Pro & Player

Our Workstation product line, which includes Workstation Pro and Workstation Player, supports the latest and greatest from Microsoft, including the Windows 10 Fall Creators update and the fall updates for Server 2016, as well as updated Linux support for Ubuntu 17.04 and b. We also now support Microsoft Virtualization Based Security features Credential Guard and b, bringing new levels of enterprise security to our virtual desktop platform.

Workstation Pro also has new features for interacting with vSphere, including a streamlined walkthrough for effortlessly deploying the vCenter Server Appliance and new Host Power operations for remote vSphere/ESXi hosts.

Fusion 10 & Fusion 10 Pro

There are so many new features with our Fusion updates that it is hard to decide where to begin.

Building on the same VMware virtual hardware platform of the Workstation product line, Fusion 10 will also support Windows 10 and Server 2016 fall updates, as well as updated Linux support. Fusion, of course, will also support macOS 10.13 as both a host and guest, plus a long list of user interface updates, including Touch Bar support, to make things feel more modern and be more informative.

Fusion also has a brand new graphics engine that leverages Apple’s Metal technology. Fusion now uses Metal to draw VM/guest graphics like Windows DirectX 10 and Windows + Linux OpenGL 3.3, making performance smoother with better battery life and more accurate rendering.

Fusion 10 Pro has a number of unique updates as well, including innovation around vSphere integration, virtual networking and a brand new RESTful API.

For vSphere, Fusion now support the import of the vCenter Server Appliance, allowing users to effortlessly deploy vSphere in a sandbox lab inside Fusion. For vSphere admins, Fusion Pro also adds new ESXi Host Power operations, so users can power cycle hosts and toggle Maintenance Mode.

Fusion Pro’s all new REST-based API opens the door for integration. Use the HTTP/S based API to remotely and programmatically control Fusion with over 20 controls available, including VM creation, power, snapshots, host networking, VM networking and IP management, cloning and more. Developers can now use this secure API to integrate Fusion into a modern, continuous delivery/deploy iterative pipeline. Operations teams can design workflows to automatically provision macOS desktops for quality teams to remotely control.

[Related: VMware Celebrates 10 Years of Delivering Industry-Leading Innovations in Mac Virtualization with VMware Fusion 10]

With so many features, UI updates, virtual networking enhancements, platform updates, graphics updates and a brand new API to control it all, we think this might just be the biggest release of Fusion to date.

Heading to VMworld next week? Click here to add &#rsquo;What&#rsquo;s New with VMware Fusion, Workstation and Horizon Flex&#rdquo; to your schedule and dive into the latest Workstation and Fusion updates.

Because you liked this blog:

  • Announcing VMware Workstation 14
  • Announcing VMware Fusion 10 & Fusion 10 Pro

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New Innovations in VMware Workstation & VMware Fusion Updates

We’ve announced some pretty big updates to our flagship desktop hypervisor product lines, VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation. Our latest updates bring a variety of new features for IT pros, developers, businesses and home users.

Workstation 14 Pro & Player

Our Workstation product line, which includes Workstation Pro and Workstation Player, supports the latest and greatest from Microsoft, including the Windows 10 Fall Creators update and the fall updates for Server 2016, as well as updated Linux support for Ubuntu 17.04 and b. We also now support Microsoft Virtualization Based Security features Credential Guard and b, bringing new levels of enterprise security to our virtual desktop platform.

Workstation Pro also has new features for interacting with vSphere, including a streamlined walkthrough for effortlessly deploying the vCenter Server Appliance and new Host Power operations for remote vSphere/ESXi hosts.

Fusion 10 & Fusion 10 Pro

There are so many new features with our Fusion updates that it is hard to decide where to begin.

Building on the same VMware virtual hardware platform of the Workstation product line, Fusion 10 will also support Windows 10 and Server 2016 fall updates, as well as updated Linux support. Fusion, of course, will also support macOS 10.13 as both a host and guest, plus a long list of user interface updates, including Touch Bar support, to make things feel more modern and be more informative.

Fusion also has a brand new graphics engine that leverages Apple’s Metal technology. Fusion now uses Metal to draw VM/guest graphics like Windows DirectX 10 and Windows + Linux OpenGL 3.3, making performance smoother with better battery life and more accurate rendering.

Fusion 10 Pro has a number of unique updates as well, including innovation around vSphere integration, virtual networking and a brand new RESTful API.

For vSphere, Fusion now support the import of the vCenter Server Appliance, allowing users to effortlessly deploy vSphere in a sandbox lab inside Fusion. For vSphere admins, Fusion Pro also adds new ESXi Host Power operations, so users can power cycle hosts and toggle Maintenance Mode.

Fusion Pro’s all new REST-based API opens the door for integration. Use the HTTP/S based API to remotely and programmatically control Fusion with over 20 controls available, including VM creation, power, snapshots, host networking, VM networking and IP management, cloning and more. Developers can now use this secure API to integrate Fusion into a modern, continuous delivery/deploy iterative pipeline. Operations teams can design workflows to automatically provision macOS desktops for quality teams to remotely control.

[Related: VMware Celebrates 10 Years of Delivering Industry-Leading Innovations in Mac Virtualization with VMware Fusion 10]

With so many features, UI updates, virtual networking enhancements, platform updates, graphics updates and a brand new API to control it all, we think this might just be the biggest release of Fusion to date.

Heading to VMworld next week? Click here to add &#rsquo;What&#rsquo;s New with VMware Fusion, Workstation and Horizon Flex&#rdquo; to your schedule and dive into the latest Workstation and Fusion updates.

Because you liked this blog:

  • Announcing VMware Workstation 14
  • Announcing VMware Fusion 10 & Fusion 10 Pro

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Brand-new Apple MacBook Pro: $3K. VMware Fusion: $160. Running got-to-have-them Windows Apps on my Sweet Setup: Priceless.

Donn Bullock

by Donn Bullock,Director of End-User Computing Channel Sales for the Americas.

With over 20 years of high-tech sales & marketing experience, Donn has worked at every level of the IT channel including 3 resellers, 2 manufacturers (Compaq & IBM) and a distributor. He started one of the first (he was told by VMware the actual first) business partner VDI practices focused on VMware in 2006. He joined VMware in July 2012 as the first external hire for the new Commercial Field Sales team and today serves as a channel sales executive for VMware&#rsquo;s $500M EUC business in the Americas.

Donn has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Vanderbilt University and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


TruAudio

No matter how millennial you might be (or think you are), sometimes you just can&#rsquo;t escape Windows. That&#rsquo;s what Bryan Garner, CEO of home audio company TruAudio, and his executive team discovered, much to their collective chagrin. Following the setup of their all-new Apple MacBook Pros, the excitement of having joined the Apple ecosystem was abruptly replaced with the reality of a recently installed, Windows-based financial system. As new Mac converts, Bryan and team immediately set out to rescue their newly acquired IT tools from the setback of Windows non-compatibility.

As a fast-growing, small business, TruAudio had been running their financials from Quickbooks Enterprise for many years. In an office exclusively comprised of Windows PCs and Servers, upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics seemed like a natural fit given the IT history of the firm, the application&#rsquo;s ability to scale with the fast pace of their company&#rsquo;s growth, and the recommendation of their trusted IT consultant. That is until the trending younger executive team decided that Macs were their platform of choice for personal productivity. It was only after setting up their crisp new hardware that the discovery of no MacOS interface within Dynamics was discovered.

After an unfulfilling foray into Oracle&#rsquo;s VirtualBox, Bryan and team took the advice of yours truly and had a go with Fusion Pro. The firm has not looked back since. First, VMware&#rsquo;s Fusion Pro satisfied their Dynamics needs, allowing each of the users to create a dual-screen desktop environment of both MacOS and Windows, running applications simultaneously on either desktop OS (and indeed running Microsoft Office on both).

TruAudio’s Desktop

Along the way, the team also discovered that Fusion resolved the unsuspecting issue of printing to their respective locally attached Konica Minolta bizhub printers, which also lacked a native MacOS driver. Printing through Windows on Fusion was now all they needed. As the firm has continued to grow rapidly, Fusion has resolved other unforeseen issues and found its way into other critical parts of the business. For example, the team also discovered that Crestron, the leader in commercial and home automation, lacks a MacOS driver for its products, an easy resolution found once again with Fusion-empowered MacBooks. By connecting the Crestron automation tools into Windows within Fusion, TruAudio has been able to provide the sound testing studio with flexibility for anyone wanting to test out new solutions on TruAudio gear.

In today&#rsquo;s IT environment, not every user wants to be locked into a single OS. For many users, application choice dictates platform, not the other way around. And while users seek choice in their BYOD demands, corporate IT departments insist upon control and standardization. VMware Fusion reconciles this potential conflict of end-user choice with control, creating an environment in which both Windows and Mac can not only work together, but empower new options and use cases not available to users before.

Don&#rsquo;t believe that Fusion can&#rsquo;t make a difference in your company? Just ask Bryan as he runs to his next meeting with MacBook Pro in hand. Try it yourself today, for free.

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Security Matters: Mac Hypervisor Edition

 

As I’m sure you noticed, we’ve delivered a flurry of patch-releasesfor Fusion and Workstation in the last few weeks. Want to know why? Because security matters.

More visibility

The Pwn2Own competition at the CanSecWest conference put a huge bounty on‘vmescape‘. They’re not the first to do this, and they won’t be the last. And I want to be clear up front, we’re delighted that they helped us make our products more robust, and more secure.

For those not following this closely, ‘vmescape’ is the challenge of executing code on a host machine, that originated on a virtual machine. In other words, you have to execute something on a virtual computer, that tricks thehypervisor, such as Fusion, Workstation, ESXi, etc, in to passing that code through to the host computer, effectively breaking out of the guest with the intent of controlling or damaging the host.

While the successful exploits themselves are interesting to note, the likelihood of this causing actual damage to you, in the real world is pretty small. Partly becauseofthe nature and complexity of the technology involved, and partly because of the bevy of unknowables of a real production system.Mike Foley, one of our foremost security gurus, notes:

“VM Escape is not the threat your security guy thinks it is. It’s really, really hard to do.”

Hard to do, but still imperative that we fix. And so we have. With an abundance ofgratitudeto our incredibly talented security team,working directly with our multi-discipline engineering teams, we think we’ve been on top of things.

Platform security iscritically important

Virtualization technology today is used more widely, and in morecritical systems than ever. With VMware having such a prominent footprint both on the desktop and in the data center, we take our role and responsibility in this very seriously.

While many of our Fusion & Workstation customers are considered ‘consumers’, (i.e. they have a single copy installed on their own personal machine), the majority of our customers are business, both small and large. Security for the end-user is important, but when we’re talking about corporate systems and virtual desktops that connect to those systems, the need for an air-tight virtualization stack becomes an imperative.

To that end,we’ve delivered 3 critical patches for bothFusion and Workstation (both Pro and Player), eachaddressing different security issues documented in ourSecurity Advisory announcements (which can be found here), all within the past 3 weeks.

We understand that this makes it tricky for you. Updating software is never fun - even if it’s fully automated - and we appreciate the anxiety we may have caused you, but I hope you agree, it was worth it

Collaboration is Key

We’re very proud of our engineering teams. Cross collaboration between them is critical whenaddressing complex issues, made more difficultby the need for rapid delivery. And of course while patchingis critical, maintaining ahigh level of product quality is something we refuse to compromise on.

We work directly with security researchers who demonstrate some pretty slick exploits at several security shows, and we’re keento see that trend continue. In this day-and-age, when breaches and data privacy issues are making mainstream headlines, we couldn’tdo this without the collaboration we get from thecommunity. We are immensely grateful to you.

Now, Secure yourself

It’s always important to stay up to date with security patches for all software you own/use/control. If your software hasn’t auto-updated already, get the latest patches [here]. And while we have your security attention, we recently came up with a nice little way to use Fusion and Workstation to help increase both your own security and privacy when dealing with online threats.

For this use case, we have a nice summary infographic and video, with more detailed writeups for safely surfing the Internet withFusion and Workstation[linked respectively].

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Hypervisor Security Matters

You may have noticed that in the past couple weeks we’ve delivered a flurry of patch-releasesfor ourPersonal Desktop products.

More visibility

With competitions such as Pwn2Own at the CanSecWest conference putting huge bounty’s on‘vmescape‘, (which is to run code on the Host of a machine with a Hypervisor on it, likeFusion, Workstation, ESXi, etc, by executing code from within a virtual machine… to ‘break out’ of the VM, if you will), there’s been a lot of visibility regarding hypervisor security. We’re very happy that security teams around the world are doing their diligence to ‘jump throughRing-0‘ and doing the ‘white hat’ thing by disclosing that in a responsible manner.

While the exploits themselves are interesting to note, the likelihood of this causing actual damage in the real world is pretty small due to the nature and complexity of the technology involved, and certainly with respect to the effort and number of hoops to jump through to make this possible in a Proof Of Concept environment, let alone a ‘real world’ system with a bevy of unknowables. Mike Foley, one of our foremost security gurus, notes:

“VM Escape is not the threat your security guy thinks it is. It’s really, really hard to do.”

Hard to do, but it’s still up to us to fix it. With an abundance ofgratitudeto our incredibly talented security teamworking directly with our product engineering teams across several disciplines, we think we’ve been pretty on top of things.

Platform security iscritically important

Virtualization technology today is used more widely and for systems morecritical than ever, and with VMware having such a prominent footprint both on the desktop and in the data center, our role and responsibility in this space is not underestimated or overlooked.

While many of our customers are considered ‘consumers’, i.e. they have a single copy of Fusion or Workstation installed on their own personal machine and use it as a learning or productivity tool, the majority of our customers are business, both small and large. Security for the end-user is important, but when we’re talking about corporate systems and virtual desktops that connect to those systems, the need for an air-tight virtualization stack becomes an imperative.

To that end,we’ve delivered a succession of3 critical patches for bothFusion and Workstation (both Pro and Player), eachaddressing different security issues documented in ourSecurity Advisory announcements (which can be found here), all within the past 3 weeks.

Collaboration is Key

We’re very proud of our engineering teams, and the cross collaboration between them is critical whenaddressing issues like these with the utmost concernand rapid delivery. And of course while shipping a patch is critical, maintaining the high level of product quality that all of our customers have come to rely onis something we refuse to compromise on.

We work directly with security researchers who demonstrate some pretty slick exploits at several security shows, and we’re keento see that trend continue. In this day in age when breaches and data privacy issues are making mainstream headlines, we couldn’tdo this without the collaboration we get when working with the community and for that we are immensely grateful.

Now, Secure yourself

It’s always important to stay up to date with security patches for all software you own/use/control, but as an end user or as a business productivity user,running a virtualized operating system withFusion orWorkstation can increase both your own security and privacy when dealing with online threats.

For this use case, we have a nice summary infographic and video, with more detailed writeups for safely surfing the Internet withFusion and Workstation[linked respectively].

 

 

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New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0005

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2017-0005 – VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability

The advisory documents a critical severity out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability (CVE-2017-4901). Exploitation of the issue may allow a guest to execute code on the operating system that runs Workstation or Fusion.ESXi is not affected.

Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories.

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Using Fusion to securely browse the Internet

Hey everyone =)

Did you know that today&#rsquo;s Internet is more than just web pages? Shocker, right?

Well… did you know that VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation can help protect you when browsing the wide-open Internet?

How so, you might ask?

When you surf online you are being tracked in a number of ways.Tracking &#rsquo;Cookies&#rdquo;, IP Addresses, Geo Location and Language,Browsing History,Invisible tracking pixels/images and more. All working in concert to build a profile of you and your online habits.

In addition to just standard browsing being tracked, there&#rsquo;s also &#lsquo;the bad guys&#rsquo; out there:

  • Click Jacking
  • Compromised Ad Networks(“Malvertising”)
  • Malware

UsingVMware Fusion(or VMware Workstation) on your desktop to run a different operating system and web browser in a virtual sandbox keeps your main operating system safe, anonymous and protectedfrom online threats.

Check out theInfographic here!

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