VMware Workstation 11.1.3 Release Notes

VMware Workstation 11.1.3 | 12 NOV 2015 | Build 3206955

Last updated: 12 NOV 2015

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What's in the Release Notes

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About VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation enables technical professionals to develop, test, demonstrate, and deploy software by running multiple x86-based Windows, Linux, and other operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

You can replicate server, desktop, and tablet environments in a virtual machine and allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory and graphics memory to each virtual machine, whether the virtual machine resides on a personal PC or on a private enterprise cloud.

For more information, see the broader VMware Workstation documentation or specifically the VMware Workstation 11 Documentation Center.

What's New

  • Enable or disable virtual printing during unattended installation
    The ENABLE_VIRTUAL_PRINTING installation property has been added for unattended installation. This property enables support for ThinPrint virtual printing on the Windows host after installation. This property is disabled by default. To enable virtual printing, the property should be set as ENABLE_VIRTUAL_PRINTING = 1.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for prior releases of VMware Workstation 11, click the following links:

Known Issues

The following issues might occur in this version of VMware Workstation.

  • On the Ubuntu 15.10 guest operating system, replacing open-vm-tools with the bundled VMware Tools version, might cause VMware Tools to work improperly
    On the Ubuntu 15.10 guest, when you replace open-vm-tools with the VMware Tools version bundled with VMware Workstation 11.1.3, VMware Tools does not work as expected. After you reboot the system, an Ubuntu crash report might appear and one of the services in VMware Tools might stop working.
    Workaround: Use either of the following workarounds, depending on which is most appropriate for your situation.
    • Continue to use open-vm-tools. Do not use the bundled VMware Tools.
    • If the bundled VMware Tools are installed, perform the following steps:
      1. As root, edit the /etc/vmware-tools/vmware-user.desktop file by changing this line:
        Exec=/usr/bin/vmware-user
        To this line:
        Exec=env VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_LIBS=1 /usr/bin/vmware-user
      2. Log out of the virtual machine and log in again.
        This change can prevent the VMware Tools service (vmtoolsd) from crashing.
      3. To verify that the preceding steps are effective, issue the following command:
        'ps -aux | grep vmtools'
        The appropriate command return shows both of the following vmtoolsd services running:
        • /usr/sbin/vmtoolsd
        • /usr/lib/vmware-tools/sbin64/vmtoolsd

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in this version of VMware Workstation.

  • Installing VMware Tools in a Windows XP SP2 guest causes the guest to crash
    After you install VMware Tools in a Windows XP SP2 guest operating system, the guest crashes with a fatal error message, which might include the error c000021a, due to a memory corruption.

    This issue is resolved.
  • Starting the ADB daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest might cause the Workstation window to become unresponsive
    When you start the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) daemon, such as by executing the adb start-server command, in an Ubuntu or Debian guest operating system and leave the virtual machine running for an hour or more, the Workstation window stops responding.

    This issue is resolved.
  • After you install VMware Tools on specific Linux virtual machines, attempting to compile the Host-Guest File System (HGFS) module either fails or the compiled module causes a Linux kernel crash
    These issues can occur after you install VMware Tools on a virtual machine under GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 5.x with a Linux kernel 4.x (for example Ubuntu 15.10 and Fedora 22).
    Either of the following issues might occur if you attempt to compile the HGFS module:
    • The process fails and a compilation error appears.
    • The process succeeds, but the compiled vmhgfs module causes a Linux kernel crash.

  • This issue is resolved.
  • When you connect a USB 3.0 device to a 3.0 port of the host, the device might not appear in the removable-devices list
    You encounter this issue after you connect a USB 3.0 device to certain 3.0 ports on the host and then power on the virtual machine. When you select VM > Removable Devices, the device does not appear in the device list.

    This issue is resolved.
  • On a remote virtual machine, you cannot select certain USB devices from the USB & Bluetooth Settings
    The USB & Bluetooth Settings for a remote virtual machine do not allow you to select USB devices that are not mass-storage devices. The check box for such devices, such as a smart-card device, is grayed out. The result is that you cannot connect USB devices to a remote virtual machine unless they are mass-storage devices.

    This issue is resolved.