VMware Workstation PRO is powerful desktop virtualization software for software developers, testers and enterprise IT professionals. It can run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single computer.
VMware Workstation Pro is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to evaluate new operating systems. Also the software applications and patches, and reference architectures in an isolated and safe virtualized environment.
No other desktop virtualization software offers the performance, reliability, and cutting edge features of VMware Workstation Pro. This software is an integral component of any serious technical professional’s toolkit.
VMware Workstation Pro takes virtualization to the next level with the broadest operating system support, rich user experience, a comprehensive feature set and high performance.
VMware Workstation Pro is the perfect tool to increase productivity, save time and conquer the cloud. Supports the latest version of Windows and Linux, the latest processors and hardware. And the ability to connect to VMware vSphere and vCloud Air.
VMware Workstation Pro gives powerful control over how to set up and interact with virtual machines whether running them locally on your PC or in the cloud. The interface includes simplified menus, live thumbnails, tabs, preferences screens. And a virtual machine library with search capability allowing you to quickly view and access you virtual machines saving valuable time.
Built for Microsoft Windows 10 and More
VMware Workstation Pro is the best way to evaluate and test Windows 10 with your existing Windows or Linux PC. In a few simple steps you can easily install Windows 10 in a virtual machines from a disc. Or from ISO image using the Workstation Virtual Machines Wizard. You can start taking advantage of Windows 10 latest features like Cortana the personal digital assistant, new Edge web browser. Or even start building Universal Apps for Windows 10 devices. You can even ask Cortana to launch VMware Workstation right from Windows 10.
Ready for High Resolution Displays
VMware Workstation Pro has been optimized to support high resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays for Desktops and QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets providing you with a crisp and detailed experience. VMware Workstation Pro now supports multiple monitors on the host with different DPI settings so you can run your brand new 4K UHD display along with your existing 1080P HD display.
Create Powerful Virtual Machines
With VMware Workstation Pro, you can create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, and 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding desktop and server applications in a virtualized environment. You can give graphics-intensive applications an additional boost by allocating up to 2GB of video memory to a virtual machine.
Ready for the Latest Hardware
Take advantage of the latest Intel based tablets with Workstation virtual tablets sensors. Leverage the latest Microsoft Surface tablets with Workstation’s virtual accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and ambient light sensor to enable applications running in the virtual machines to respond when a user moves, rotates, and shakes their tablet. Whether you are running on a laptop, tablet, or desktop, VMware Workstation Pro supports the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including the Broadwell and Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance.
Build Virtual Networks
With improved IPv6 support, including IPv6-to-IPv4 Network Address Translation (6to4 and 4to6), users can create more complex networking topologies than ever before. Use the VMware Workstation Pro virtual network editor to add and remove virtual IPv4 or IPv6 networks. Create custom virtual networking configurations, ideal for testing and demonstration environments without impacting the PCs network configuration.
Leverage the Power of vSphere and vCloud Air
VMware Workstation Pro provides connections to VMware vSphere and vCloud Air service. It allows you to extend and scale your virtual machines in the cloud. Seamlessly drag and drop virtual machines between your PC and your internal cloud running vSphere, ESXi or another instance of Workstation. In addition, easily connect to vCloud Air. You will able to upload, run, and view virtual machines right from the Workstation Pro interface.
Virtual Machine Cross Compatibility
With Workstation Pro you can create virtual machines that can run across the VMware product portfolio. Or create restricted virtual machines that can be used in Horizon FLEX, Fusion Pro, and Workstation Player.
- This release contains bug fixes.
- Cannot copy and paste on a guest virtual machine from a host machine. In VMware Workstation 16.2.1 Pro, when you try to copy and paste from the host machine to the guest virtual machine, the Paste option in the Edit menu is unavailable.Note: For a local virtual machine, you can enable or disable the paste option in the virtual machine settings under Guest Isolation. For a remote virtual machine, the paste option is always enabled by default. This issue is now resolved.
- Workstation Pro fails to launch on RHEL 8.4 host operating system. When you install VMware Workstation 16.2.1 Pro on a RHEL 8.4 host operating system, the workstation fails to launch because of a compilation error in building vmmon and vmnet kernel module. This issue is now resolved.
- Workstation hangs while copying files from the host to the guest operating system. When you try to copy a large number of small files from the host to the guest VM using Shared Folders, Workstation hangs.This issue is now resolved.
- The Color Theme option is not visible in the VMware Workstation preferences. The color theme is not visible in the VMware Workstation preferences because the feature is now deactivated by default. To use the color theme feature, the user must activate the feature manually.
- The Custom Hardware button in the New Virtual Machine wizard is not working. While creating a virtual machine, if you click the Customize Hardware button on the New Virtual Machine Wizard, the wizard crashes.
What’s new in VMware Workstation Pro 16.2.0 | 2021-10-14:
- This release contains security updates and bug fixes.
- Vulkan Renderer Support for Intel, AMD, and Nvidia GPUs on Linux
Workstation 16.2.0 Pro supports Vulkan renderer on a Linux host with Intel, Nvidia, and AMD GPUs. Vulkan renderer provides support for Direct3D 11 (and earlier) and OpenGL 4.1 (and earlier) in the guest.The Vulkan renderer support is limited to the following GPUs:
- Intel Skylake and later GPUs (for example, Kaby Lake and Ice Lake)
- AMD RDNA/NAVI14 and later GPUs (for example, the Radeon RX/Pro 5300 and 5500 series)
Note: Presently, for AMD GPUs, use the AMDVLK driver.
- Nvidia Turing and later GPUs (for example, the RTX series)
Note: For pre-Turing GPUs, Workstation will use the legacy OpenGL renderer.
This release of VMware Workstation Pro addresses the following issue:
- Implemented clipboard-related security improvements suggested by Albert Priego Bravo of Group-IB.
Product Support Notices
- The shared virtual machine feature is no longer supported from Workstation 16.2.0 Pro.
What’s new in VMware Workstation Pro 16.1.0 | 2020-11-20:
- Support for new host/guest operating systems:
- Windows 10 20H2
- Ubuntu 20.10
- Fedora 33
- RHEL 8.3
vctl kindto support KIND v0.9.0
What’s new in VMware Workstation Pro 16.0 | 2020-09-14:
- Container and Kubernetes Support
- Build/run/pull/push container images using the vctl CLI.
- Supports KIND kubernetes clusters running on top of Workstation Pro.
Note: Windows 10 1809 or higher is required
- New Guest Operating System Support
- RHEL 8.2
- Debian 10.5
- Fedora 32
- CentOS 8.2
- SLE 15 SP2 GA
- FreeBSD 11.4
- ESXi 7.0
- Support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 in the Guest
- Hardware Requirements:
- For Windows hosts, a GPU that supports DirectX 11.0 is required.
- For Linux hosts, a NVIDIA GPU is required.
- Software Requirements:
- Host Operating System (64-bit):
- Windows 8 or higher
- GNU/Linux with NVIDIA drivers that support OpenGL 4.5 and above
- Guest Operating System
- Windows 7 or higher
- GNU/Linux with vmwgfx
- Host Operating System (64-bit):
- Hardware Requirements:
- Vulkan Render Support for Linux Workstation. Workstation 16 Pro enables 3D support for Intel GPUs on Linux host to deliver DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 to VMs using Vulkan renderer.Note: Linux host operating system with a recent Intel/Vulkan driver is needed, Mesa 20.1 or later is recommended.
- Sandboxed Graphics. Virtual machine security is enhanced by removing graphics render from vmx and running it as a separate sandbox process.
- USB 3.1 Controller Support. The virtual machines virtual XHCI controller is changed from USB 3.0 to USB 3.1 to support 10 Gbps.
- Larger VM
- 32 virtual CPUs
- 128 GB virtual memory
Note: Running virtual machines with 32 vCPUs requires that your host and guest operating systems both support 32 logical processors.
- 8 GB virtual graphics memory
- Dark ModeWorkstation 16 Pro supports Dark Mode for optimized user experience.
- Note: Requires host operating systems to be Windows 10 1809 or higher
- vSphere 7.0 SupportIn Workstation 16 you can perform the following:
- Connect to vSphere 7.0.
- Upload a local virtual machine to vSphere 7.0.
- Download a remote virtual machine running on vSphere 7.0 to the local desktop.
- Performance Improvements
- Improved file transfer speeds (Drag and Drop, Copy and Paste)
- Improved virtual machine shutdown time.
- Improved virtual NVMe storage performance.
- Improved Accessibility Support. Accessibility improvements have been added so Workstation Pro is compliant with WCAG 2.1 criteria.
Product Support Notices
- Removal of Shared VM feature. Shared virtual machines (Workstation as server) has reached end of life and been removed from VMware Workstation 16.
- Removal of restricted virtual machines. Restricted virtual machine has reached end of life and been removed from VMware Workstation 16.
- Workstation addresses multiple out-of-bounds read vulnerabilities in Cortado Thinprint component. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifiers CVE-2020-3986, CVE-2020-3987, and CVE-2020-3988 to these issues.
- Workstation addresses a denial of service vulnerability due to an out-of-bounds write issue in Cortado Thinprint component. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2020-3989 to this issue.
- Workstation addresses an information disclosure vulnerability due to an integer overflow issue in Cortado Thinprint component. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2020-3990 to this issue.
- After priority.ungrabbed = “low” is set in the virtual machine configuration file, the priority of vmware-vmx process shows as Normal, when checked on the Host Task manager. This setting has always worked until Workstation Pro 15.5 was released, however with the 15.5.5 release the status of the process stays at Normal. This issue is now resolved.
- A Windows XP x64 virtual machine freezes during boot, when Workstation is running on Win10 host with Hyper-V Enabled. MSFT has bugs in APIC virtualization that block WinXP SP2 boot process. This issue is now resolved.
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VMware Workstation Pro runs on most 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems:
- Windows 10, 11
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Oracle Linux
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
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