VMware Fusion 11.5.0 19 Sep 2019 Build 14634996
What's in the Release NotesThe release notes cover the following topics:
About VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion® 11 is the easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to run Windows and other x86 based operating systems on a Mac without rebooting.
DirectX 11 Support Provides support for DirectX 11 (Direct3D v11) and OpenGL 4.1 graphics capabilities in the guest operating systems! Obviously DX11 is Windows guest only, but OpenGL 4.1 applies to Linux guests as well. Hundreds of new games and applications can now run in Fusion and Workstation!
For more information, see the broader VMware Fusion documentation.
For Windows VMs Fusion now supports DirectX 11 (with Shader Model 5.0) and earlier. For Windows and Linux guests Fusion provides OpenGL 4.1 capabilities. Fusion uses Apple Metal graphics technology to render 3D hardware-accelerated graphics to virtual machines on compatible Mac systems. See VMware Fusion system requirements for details. Note: It is critical for stability that you install the version of VMware Tools that matches the version of VMware Workstation you are running. Install DirectX 9.0c End User Runtime. VMware Fusion 12 adds support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 3D-accelerated graphics, enables deployment of Kubernetesclusters (an open-source container platform that enables the operation of an elastic Web server framework), introduces the Sandbox Renderer that runs the virtual graphics engine in a separate thread with reduced privileges for added security, and adds support for USB 3.1 virtual devices. VMware Fusion 12 supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL for graphics. It allows you to allocate some VRAM to your 3D accelerated guest to optimize 3D app performance and gaming. The latest version also supports eGPU devices enabling you to use external GPUs connected to the host.
All Macs launched in 2011 or later are supported except for the following:
2012 Mac Pro Quad Core using the Intel® Xeon® W3565 Processor.
2010 Mac Pro Six Core, Eight Core, and Twelve Core.
macOS 10.13 High Sierra minimum required
This release of VMware Fusion is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 11 users. This release provides the following:
- Support for the following operating systems as guest:
- Windows 10 19H2
- macOS 10.15
- Debian 10.0/10.1
- Debian 9.11
- Oracle Linux 8.0
- SLE 15 SP1
- FreeBSD 12.0
- PhotonOS 3.0
- Dark Mode: Fusion changes to a dark theme when Dark mode is enabled on your Mac. When Dark Mode Synchronization is enabled, the Light mode/Dark mode settings on the host system is synchronized automatically to the guest operating system.
- Sidecar support: You can use iPad as a second display for your virtual machine. For more information about macOS Sidecar, see Apple.
- Jumbo frame support: Virtual networks can now be configured with MTU size of up to 9194 bytes (Fusion Pro only).
- PVSCI device support: PVSCSI adapter is now officially supported by Fusion, which enhances the compatibility for virtual machine migration between Fusion and vSphere.
- Open VM Tools is the default VMware Tools for applicable Linux virtual machine: For more information, see Fusion 11.5 product documentation.
- Performance improvements, bug fixes and security updates.
This release of VMware Fusion addresses the following issue:
- Fusion 11.5.0 addresses the use-after-free and denial-of-service vulnerabilities. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the following IDs to these issues :
- CVE-2019-5527 (use-after-free )
- CVE-2019-5535 (denial-of-service)
For more information, see VMSA-2019-0014.
Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Fusion 11 are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:
- Virtual machine fails to start, if Fusion is deployed to macOS 10.14.5 or above host that does not have Internet access
After using Fusion mass deploy package (DeployVMware Fusion.mpkg) to deploy Fusion to a macOS 10.14.5 or above, which has no Internet access, Fusion kernel extensions cannot be loaded when the deployed Fusion is launched, due to which virtual machine fails to start.
This issue is now resolved.
- The signature on the VMware Fusion.app is invalidated after it is upgraded with Autoupdate.
If the VMware Fusion.app is upgraded to a newer release by the built-in software updater, the signature on VMware Fusion.app is invalidated after the upgrade.
This issue is fixed in Fusion 11.5 release. VMware would like to thank Mikey (@0xmachos) for reporting this issue.
- On an iMac Pro or Mac Pro machine, the macOS 10.15 virtual machine panics while booting up
On an iMac Pro or Mac Pro physical machine, if you use Fusion 11.5 to create a new macOS 10.15 virtual machine, with operating system version greater than macOS 10.15 Beta 5, the macOS virtual machine can install and boot up successfully.
However if you use Fusion 11.5 to upgrade an existing macOS virtual machine from an older version (macOS 10.15 Beta 5 or lower) to a version greater than macOS 10.15 Beta 5, the macOS virtual machine panics in the bootup process after the upgrade.
Workaround: For the workaround, see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/74672.
- On macOS 10.15 Catalina host, if you copy a file inside a virtual machine, the file will be pasted to host right after you move mouse out of the virtual machine window.
If you copy a file inside a virtual machine, the file will be pasted to the /tmp/VMwareDnd/ folder on host right after you move mouse out of the virtual machine window, this is not supposed to happen as the file is expected to be pasted to the host only after the paste operation is performed. Furthermore, while the copy is in progress, right clicking the Finder will cause it to be unresponsive, Finder will start responding once the copy operation is completed.
Workaround: Click Cancel on the copying progress bar to stop the unexpected copy, use the drag-and-drop or shared folder feature to transfer or share file between virtual machine and host.
- With more than 2 displays connected, Windows Vista or Windows 7 virtual machine can not enter Unity mode and Full Screen using all displays mode.
Virtual machine fails to enter Unity mode with a message Display Topology update request could not be completed in guest. When the virtual machine is in Full Screen using all displays mode, all the displays will show as mirrored screens.
Workaround: Navigate to Open Settings > Display, uncheck the Use full resolution for Retina display checkbox, then log off and re-login to the virtual machine.
- Some virtual machines may have a graphical glitch when running on a macOS 10.15 Catalina host with Intel HD Graphics 530 graphics card.
On Mac host which has Intel HD Graphics 530 graphics card and macOS 10.15 Catalina installed, some virtual machines may have a graphical glitch if the Accelerate 3D Graphics check box is checked and the Battery life is set to Use High Performance Graphics for 3D Applications Only or Don't Use High Performance Graphics.
Workaround: On the virtual machine's Display Settings, set the Battery life to Always Use High Performance Graphics when Accelerate 3D Graphics is checked or uncheck the Accelerate 3D Graphics check box.
- VMware Tools 11.0.0 kernel extensions can not be launched in macOS 10.11 or 10.12 virtual machine.
After installing VMware Tools 11.0.0 on macOS 10.11 or macOS 10.12 virtual machine, running the kextstat grep vm command in Terminal shows that no VMware Tools kernel extension is launched inside the virtual machine. As a result, all VMware Tools functions are not available, the virtual machine's resolution can not fit to the size of the virtual machine window and shared folders feature does not work.
Workaround: Use VMware Tools 10.3.10 instead.
Using a virtual operating system has its merits. For developers, it’s the ideal tool for sandboxing your computer so you can test software for bugs before it’s released to beta testing. You can also install your software across a range of operating systems for compatibility.
As a consumer, there are valid reasons why you may want to consider a virtual system. You may need to use a Windows computer for work but would like to experiment with a Linux installation. A virtual OS enables you to test new bleeding-edge software or tools where you are wary of the source. Problem? Simply revert back to a previous snapshot.
VMware has released Workstation 15 Pro and, as you’d expect, it includes full guest support for the latest Windows 10, Ubuntu 18 and many other operating systems. Direct X 10.1 is fully supported which includes Shader Model 4.1 and Cubemap Array. Graphics memory of up to 3GB means you can perform more intensive GPU work without the OS affecting your CPU.
What else is new? The addition of a REST API, improved High DPI support for both guest and host (where the guest will reflect any host DPI change), vSphere 6.7 support, USB Auto connect and an ‘enhanced user experience’ for an old operating system earlier than Windows XP to stretch the UI so it correctly mimics the host for a better visual experience.
Meanwhile, Fusion 11 is also available, which enables Mac users to run Windows, Linux or even a Mac guest on their host operating system. What’s new in v11? Full support for Mojave, Enhanced Metal Graphics Rendering Engine with DirectX 10.1 support on Windows 7 through 10, an updated user-interface offers a new application menu. Touch Bar receives support for VMware-specific functions, the REST API is updated to v1.2, Linux guests receive one-click SSH, whereas Fusion itself receives a new disk clean-up module to make sure each guest uses as little drive space as possible.
VMware Player 15, available free for non-commercial use, enables a consumer to run a pre-defined virtual guest with very limited control.
Vmware Fusion Mac Directx 11
VMware Workstation 15 Pro is available now for $250. Existing users can upgrade for $150. VMware Fusion 11 Pro is $160 and VMware Fusion 11 $80, with an upgrade from previous versions for $50.