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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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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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Announcing VMware Workstation 14

VMware Workstation 14: Pro &Player

It’s about that time, and this year we’re very proud of the advancements we’ve made with our original flagshipproducts, VMware Workstation Pro and Workstation Player.

OncereleasedthisOctober, in addition to supporting Microsoft’s Fall updates for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, and updated Linux support for Fedora 26 and Ubuntu 17.04, Workstation 14 Pro will deliver enhanced security with support for Virtualization Based Security (VBS)features ofWindows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2016 Guests, improved Virtual Networking, and added new support and controls for working with vSphere and the vCenter Server Appliance.

Virtualization Based Security: Device Guard and Credential Guard in a Virtual Machine

The Virtual Hardware Platform also includes support for the latestprocessors from both Intel and AMD while adding new Virtual Firmware features such as UEFI and Secure Boot.

Along with the existing network speed and packet loss simulator, a new Network Latency Simulator further enables developers to run tests and simulate a specific network environment, including distance and network quality to test application resiliency. This and other advanced networking features will enable administrators to customize the name of virtual network adapters for better organization.

Network Simulation Control

For vSphere administrators looking to test the latest VMware vSphere technology, Workstation 14 Pro provides a new installationwalkthrough.Quickly and easily deploy theVMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) in a virtual machine on Workstation Pro to create a full, virtual, software-defined data center stack on your Windows or Linux PC.

Effortlessly deploy the vCenter Server Appliance OVA

New Remote vSphere Controls

Workstation 14 Pro hasadded controls wheninteracting withremote ESXi hosts, directly or throughvCenter, with new optionsforHostReboot, Shutdown and totoggle Maintenance ModeonESXi hosts.

Added Host Power + Maintenance Operations

 

VMware Workstation 14 Player

VMware Workstation 14 Player is a streamlined offering inthe Workstation 14 product line, and leverages the same hypervisor technology platform as Workstation 14 Pro. As such, Player gets many of the same benefits of it’s big brother Workstation Pro including performance, bug fixes, and updated hardware and OS support.Like Pro, Player can now also run WindowsVirtualization Based Security VMs with Device Guard and Credential Guard, making it usefulfor deliveringcompliant corporate desktops in a secure container to end users.

For businesses and enterprises, Workstation Player gives users thepower to run restricted VMs that comply with corporate policy. Combined with VBS security features, this commercial solution is designedfor businesses looking to run a single, secure, virtual desktopon a corporate or BYO PC.

Workstation 14 Playerwillalso be available for free for personal, non-commercial use.

 

Customers who purchased VMware Workstation 12.5 Pro orVMware Workstation 12.5 Player between Aug 22 and November 1st, 2017 will receive a free electronic upgrade to VMware Workstation 14 Pro and VMware Workstation 14 Player respectively. No action is required for this free upgrade.

Please see our FAQ

 

Availability and Pricing
VMware Workstation 14 Pro and VMware Workstation 14 Player will be available in early October, from vmware.com for $249.99 and $149.99 respectively.

VMware Workstation 11, 12 and 12.5 customers can upgrade to VMware Workstation 14 Pro for $149.99. VMware Player 7 Pro and VMware Workstation 12 Player customers can upgrade to Workstation 14 Player for $79.99.

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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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Announcing VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10

We aim to introduce a new version of VMware Horizon FLEX every quarter, and so to kick off our 2017 release train, we&#rsquo;re delighted to announce VMware Horizon FLEX 1.10.

Before I get into what&#rsquo;s new, here&#rsquo;s a quick recapof what Horizon FLEX does:

Horizon FLEX delivers a reliable Windows or Linux experience to contractors, road warriors, developers and field workers, even when offline. It can extend the life of legacy applications using local virtual desktops on modern hardware.

The key to all this magic is an occasionally connected central policy server that dictates the behavior of remote hypervisors (VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Workstation Player). Today, we&#rsquo;ve updated that policy engine.

What’s New in Horizon FLEX 1.10

If I were to be brutally honest about Horizon FLEX, one of the complaints we get is that managing client license keys can be problematic: Distributing software keys to contractors can be a messy and an administratively heavy task. So, we fixed it. Administrators can now distribute Horizon FLEX client keys from the FLEX server. New users receive the correct license key when they connect to the Horizon FLEX server, even if they are running a client in free-trial mode.

When a major upgrade to the client occurs, administrators do not need to update the license key on each endpoint. Administrators can also set the minimum client version allowed for connection. This last point is key. There&#rsquo;s no point specifying a policy that the client can&#rsquo;t implement. Our new version number checking switch ensures that the policies you need to be enforced, will be.

This brings us to policies. One of the most loved features of Horizon FLEX is our control of how data is placed into, and taken out of, the virtual desktop. Since day one, we had the ability for a virtual desktop to share, or not share, a common clipboard with the host computer. Similarly, we&#rsquo;ve had the ability to control whether dragging and dropping files between the two desktops is permissible. In this release, we add direction to those policies. It makes sense in some cases to allow people to copy from a personal desktop and to paste into a corporate one (likewise, with dragging files). The new policy direction setting allows for this use case, but blocks attempts to remove data from the corporate machine. It&#rsquo;s a great usability tweak.

And talking of usability, while we&#rsquo;ve always been able to control whether the virtual desktop can share files with the physical machine, we&#rsquo;ve now given administrators the ability to allow users to select their own default local folders.

Tested Virtual Desktops

In this release, we have dropped support for Ubuntu 14.04 and added support for Ubuntu 16.04. The full list of operating systems that are tested and verified to run as virtual desktops is:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016

Supported Physical Desktops

The list of physically installed client operating systems (hosts) supported by Horizon FLEX 1.10 remains unchanged and is:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 10
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra

Horizon FLEX is available to download today. Try Horizon FLEX now in our free hands-on lab.

 

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Using Workstation to Browse the Web More Safely

Did you know you can use VMware Workstation or Fusion to safely browse the web? Check out our video and learn more below!

A quick History Lesson

During the Internet’s infancy, ‘Surfing’the World Wide Web was an exhilarating experience. (complete with a soundtrack!) It wasn’t called ‘Web Surfing’ without good reason, although we don’t really refer to it that way anymore.

The Internet was great, but in additionto being a place to share ideas itneeded to be a place for consumer commercial activity in order to gain the resources (i.e. corporate sponsorship and investment) needed to grow.

Online retailhad overtaken buying things from brick-and-morter storesas far back as 2013, and the statistics only show Internet usage growing.

With bring the most connected generation in the history of the world,we are also now gathering more information thanever.

Things start to go Wrong

We now live in a world where a simple transparent 1×1 pixel .gifcan be used to follow and track our online behaviour an endless number of sites acrossall of yourdevices. Social media hooks arebuilt into every page for shareability, allowing groups like Facebook, Twitter and Google to learn more about what you click than ever before.

On the darker side of that equation, you have lots of potential for misuse and abuse of this new distributed digital landscape. Ad networks can unknowingly distribute malware, pages can ‘click-bait’ you into accidentally opening a barrage of popups or worse, and mobile devices have not had the same maturity as desktop devices so their ability to block unknown threats is minimal at best.

A Potential Solution

So, what does this have to do with VMware or VMware Workstation?

Workstation can be used to isolate all of this behaviour away from the computer that you are using, keeping you safe and protected.

Because of the isolation provided by the VMware hypervisor technology, using a virtual machine in Workstationeffectively creates a sandbox for a second (or third, or fourth…) Operating System on the same computer you’re running.

It runs it the new OS in an isolated waywith respect to Memory, CPU, and physical hardware devices. Tobe cliche about it: “What happens in the VMstays in the VM.”

So when something attacks a browser that’s running in a Virtual Machine sandbox, it has no way of impacting the main computer where you might have more sensitive information stored, like credit card or account numbers or access to otherwise protectednetworks that are available to the host computer.

And because it’s a virtual machine, you can do other interesting things as well, such as having a ‘snapshot’ for a roll back point, put it on a different network than the physical computer itself, or even bring that same VM to different computers to avoid having to use someone else’s browser.

Kid Friendly Internet-ing

It also makes sense if you have kids. I helped my sister out by having my nephew use a virtual machine. He double-clicks the ‘Kids Internet’ button on the desktop, it fires up a Linux virtual machine, and everything that he and his little brotherclick on can be easily undone by rolling back to a snapshot taken earlier.

It’s an interesting use case, and makes a lot of sense, especially for the privacy-conscious. There are OS’s out there designed specifically for anonymity such as Tails, Discreete Linux, Whonix, or Qubes OS.

We really think that our users would get a lot of benefit from this sort of a setup, so we put together a shortInfographic and Video to share the story.

Have a look!

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