VMware Workstation 12 Player Version 12.5.3 Release Notes

VMware Workstation 12 Player Version 12.5.3 | 9 MAR 2017 | Build 5115892

Last updated: 9 MAR 2017

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About VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs one or more operating systems on the same computer without rebooting. VMware Workstation Player provides a simple user interface, unmatched operating system support, and portability.

For more information, see the broader VMware Workstation Player documentation or specifically the respective VMware Workstation Player Documentation Center:

What's New

VMware Workstation 12 Player version 12.5.3 is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 12 Player users. It contains bug fixes, security updates, and performance improvements.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation Player are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for prior releases of VMware Workstation 12 Player, click the following links:

Known Issues

  • The VMware Tools installer fails and displays an error messages in a FreeBSD 11.0 virtual machine
    In a FreeBSD 11.0 virtual machine, at the end of the VMware Tools installation process, the installer indicates that guest memory manager and blocking file system services fail to start.
    Workaround
    : None.
    1. Install VMware Tools.
    2. To prevent /usr/local/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl from being invoked, answer No to the following question: Do you want this program to invoke the command for you now? 
    3. Run the following configuration script: /usr/local/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl --skip-stop-start
    4. Run the following command: echo "answer VMMEMCTL_CONFED no" >> /etc/vmware-tools/locations
    5. Start VMware Tools with the following command: /usr/local/etc/rc.d/vmware-tools.sh star

Resolved Issues

  • When you use a USB device that does not follow USB specifications in a virtual machine in USB passthrough mode, the guest becomes unusable
    When you attempt to pass through a USB device that does not follow USB specifications, such as the Broadcom 5880 smart card reader, to a Windows 7 or Windows 10 guest operating system, the device causes the guest CPU usage to increase to the maximum level, making the guest unusable.

    This issue is resolved.
  • Occasionally, Workstation Player crashes when you unplug a USB device after safely removing the device from the virtual machine
    When you connect a USB device to a virtual machine, read from and write to the device, safely eject the device from the guest operating system, and unplug the device from the physical port, Workstation Player might crash.

    This issue is resolved.
  • ThinPrint technology does not work in a Windows XP guest operating system with VMware Tools 10.0.10
    When users use a Windows XP guest with VMware Tools 10.0.10, they cannot see host printers that are mapped to the guest with ThinPrint technology.

    This issue is resolved with VMware Tools 10.0.12 when you perform a clean installation. Upgrading from VMware Tools 10.0.10 to 10.0.12 does not resolve the issue.
  • Connecting an Active Braille device to the virtual machines fails
    When Workstation Pro users select VM > Removable Devices to connect an Active Braille device to the virtual machine, the attempt fails and a "driver error" message appears in the message log. Also, the guest operating system shows no record of the device.

    This issue is resolved.
  • After users execute Active FTP in the guest operating system, the vmnat.exe process continues to use a TCP port of the host
    The vmnat.exe process consumes a new TCP port on the host when users execute Active FTP on the guest. The process does not release the TCP port even when the FTP session is closed.

    This issue is resolved.
  • You cannot connect a parallel port to a virtual machine
    When you attempt to map a parallel port to a physical parallel port, you cannot use the parallel port in the virtual machine. The connecting parallel port listed when you select VM > Settings triggers the following error: Cannot open VMparport drivr for LPT1: the system cannot find the file specified.....

    This issue is resolved.