VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro--the latest versions of its virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac without rebooting--include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan, and the latest Retina Macs, in addition to always-on access to Microsoft Cortana. They support DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 for up to 65% faster graphics, alongside compatibility with USB 3.0 and multiple monitors with different DPIs. The virtual machine platform also delivers full 64-bit support with up to 16 vCPUs, 64GB RAM, and an 8TB hard drive for a single virtual machine.
Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are optimized for the latest Macs, including the iMac with Retina 5K Display and 12-inch MacBook. DirectX 10 support enables Mac users to run Windows virtual machines with native resolution on a 5K display, with USB-C support and Force Touch pass-through also in tow for the latest MacBooks. Fusion 8 Pro has additional advanced features and improvements, including the ability to connect to VMware vCloud Air, IPv6 support for both bridged networks and IPv6-to-IPv4 Network Address Translation (NAT), improved integration with VMware vSphere and support for several new Linux distributions and other operating systems.
- After you exit Full Screen view on a multi-monitor system, an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine does not refresh properly
- On a system with more than one monitor connected, if an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine is in Full Screen view, using all displays, the virtual machine does not refresh its display properly after you exit to Single Window view.
- Workaround: If you experience this issue on an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine, restart the virtual machine. If you want to switch the virtual machine to Full Screen view, use a single display only.
- When you install an Ubuntu 16.04 guest using the Easy Install option, an incorrect VMware Tools related menu item appears
- In this situation, VMware Tools is installed, but when you select the Virtual Machine drop-down menu, the Install VMware Tools option is available instead of the Reinstall VMware Tools option.
- Workaround: Restart the virtual machine.
- Fusion crashes when you attempt to create a remote virtual machine on vCenter 5.5
- While connected to vCenter Server 5.5, if you attempt to create a remote virtual machine and save it to an ESXi 5.5 host that is managed by the vCenter Server instance, VMware Fusion crashes.
- To create a remote virtual machine and save it to the ESXi 5.5 host, connect to the ESXi 5.5 host directly instead of to vCenter Server 5.5.
- On OS X 10.11.4 hosts, VMware Fusion sometimes fails to connect USB devices to the host or to the virtual machine
- If you connect a USB device to an OS X 10.11.4 host while VMware Fusion is running, the USB device might fail to connect to the host or to the virtual machine. The issue only occurs on 10.11.4 hosts and only with specific USB devices, such as SanDisk Extreme Flash Drive and memory card readers.
- Workaround: To access a USB device that is experiencing connection issues, take one of the following actions:
- To access the device from an OS X 10.11.4 host, connect the device to the host when VMware Fusion is not running.
- To access the device from a virtual machine, configure the Sharing settings to share the USB device contents to the virtual machine and from within the virtual machine access the USB contents from the shared folders.
- Running graphic software with MSAA enabled causes VMware Fusion to crash - In a Windows virtual machine, running graphic software, such as a Realtime Landscape Architect program, or a graphic game, such as Civilization 4, with Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) enabled causes VMware Fusion to crash.
- Resizing the window of a running virtual machine causes host-system memory to leak - Resizing the window of a running virtual machine by dragging its corner causes the amount of system memory used to increase. You can observe the memory usage by looking at the Memory Used value on the Memory tab of the Activity Monitor.
- Enabling port forwarding breaks NAT - When you enable port forwarding, network address translation (NAT) breaks.
- Installing an automatic update unexpectedly suspends remote virtual machines - In VMware Fusion, after you connect to a remote virtual machine stored on either an ESXi server or a Workstation Server instance, as Fusion updates, the automatic update suspends or shuts down the running remote virtual machine, in addition to the running virtual machines that are stored on the local disk.
- Connecting specific USB devices to a virtual machine through a USB 3.0 controller causes issues - In VMware Fusion 8.1, the following situations occur when you connect the specified USB devices to a virtual machine through a USB 3.0 controller:
- USB 3.0 scanner - this type of device does not function inside a virtual machine.
- USB 3.0 flash drive - you cannot format this type of device inside a virtual machine.
- Intel, 64-bit processor
- OS X 10.9 or later (OS X 10.11 recommended)
- 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
- A copy of Windows (if you'll be installing Windows)