Mac Big Sur Vmware Fusion

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By Mike Peterson Jun 23, 2020 VMWare Fusion has announced that a 'tech preview' of its virtualization app with support for macOS Big Sur is coming in early July. Among other features, macOS Big. VMware Fusion is designed for every kind of Mac user. IT pros, developers and businesses choose VMware Fusion Pro for its broad OS support, rock-solid stability and advanced features simply not available in a non-virtualized environment. Solutions for IT Pros Design, test and demo software solutions for nearly any device, platform or cloud. After reinstalling Big-Sur for the third time, and restoring only my data and not het apps my laptop is running fine again. Manually I install the most apps again, but I left out a few: VmWare Fusion, remote desktop for windows and one or to two more that I wasn't using anyway.

Ok.. I’m so ecstatic.. a quick blog post must be written…

The Product manager of VMware Fusion, Michael Roy, had a classic “One More Thing” item in his VMworld presentation. The presentation was “What’s New with VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion”.

While running a Big Sur macOS guest, he showed “Metal Support” working without a hitch… Now we have been told for years that we cannot get 3D Acceleration in a macOS guest. Seeing this on the list of “things to come” was already pretty great. Something to look forward to.
During that same presentation he also showed the .vmx settings in order to get that working. Once the feature lands…

Who wants to wait?

So of course, immediately after the presentation I had to try. No matter that it is only supposed to be working in a future version of VMware Fusion 12.0.
After adding the .vmx settings from the presentation I got a “Invalid configuration” error (or something along those lines).
OK, sad panda.
But … silly me did not look at the vmware.log file. Today I was poking Michael a bit on twitter and asking about how well Metal works on Big Sur beta 9 and that it is “so hard to wait” and he tells me “but you can try it yourself already”… 😮

Mac Big Sur Vmware Fusion Download

OMG.. that’s when I realized that I had missed a detail..

It’s all in the details

Also my host wasn’t running Big Sur yet (I had only run it in a VM)
… so… next hour or so I was frantically busy installing Big Sur Beta 9 on my 2014 Mac Mini and YES… IT DOES WORK and it is SOOOO SMOOTH

Mac Big Sur Vmware Fusion

This is the best thing since sliced bread.


THANK YOU VMware Fusion team!

In summary

Vmware Fusion For Mac Big Sur Download

This is not an officially released feature, treat it what it is: Experimental
Required: minimum of macOS Big Sur as host OS
Required: minimum VMware Fusion 12.0
Guest OS support: minimum of macOS Big Sur as guest OS (earlier macOS versions are missing the GPU paravirtual kernel extension for this – AppleParavirtGPU.kext. Unless apple steps in here and releases that for earlier macOS versions, it likely isn’t coming to earlier guest OS’s)
You have to add the following lines to the .vmx file of your VM in order to test this:
svga.present='FALSE'
appleGPU0.present='TRUE'
appleGPU0.screen0.width = '1680'
appleGPU0.screen0.height = '1050'

To be honest I don’t even have the lines with width and height, but that’s how you can define that for now.
It will only get better from here on once it is officially supported.

Update 2020/11/13: Another tip from Michael Roy (thanks Mike) is to update your VMware Tools to 11.2

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VMware Fusion 12.1 is now shipping in MacOS 11 Big Sur. VMware says that on the public release of macOS Big Sur, They have shipped an update to Fusion which addresses some compatibility issues, brings performance improvements, and even introduces some new features. VMware made an announcement on Twitter:

For starters, they’ve enabled Nested / VT-X support for Macs that don’t have ‘VMCS Shadowing’ hardware features. Users can once again deploy ESXi or Windows with VBS or Hyper-V (WSL) enabled, as well as other nested Hypervisors like VMware Workstation for Linux.

VMware has announced the support for Windows 10 20H2, Ubuntu 20.10, RHEL 8.3, and Fedora 33. A new feature of the Fusion health check is also introduced. That means When Fusion is running on macOS 10.15, the ‘Pipe Broken’ / ‘cannot connect to /dev/vmmon’ issue can be easily fixed with a click.

Vmware Fusion 12 Macos Big Sur

About macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. Experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Enjoy the biggest Safari update ever. Discover new features for Maps and Messages. And get even more transparency around your privacy. To know more visit the link macOS Big Sur.

Source: VMware Fusion Blog

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