VMware Fusion 3.0.1 update now available!

Version 1

    VMware Fusion 3.0.1 is a FREE maintenance release of VMware Fusion 3 and provides the following enhancements and fixes:


    Highlights of VMware Fusion 3.0.1 include:


    • Improved 3D & Video Performance: Improved WDDM driver and 3D backend improvements speed up some applications and tests up to 80% on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    • Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala): Full support for Ubuntu 9.10 32-bit & 64-bit editions

    • Even More 64-bit Support: Networking subsystem now 64-bit native to match 64-bit core engine

    • Easier Move to VMware Fusion: Import standalone VHD virtual disks and Parallels Desktop 5 virtual machines into VMware virtual machines

    • Improved Resume Times: Reduced time for resuming virtual machines


    In addition to the new and improved features, VMware Fusion 3.0.1 fixes over 50 bugs. Some highlights include:


    Performance Update: Some users encountered slow downs with VMware Fusion 3.0. Thanks to your help, we were able to track down the performance issues to three key areas that we have addressed in 3.0.1 or where we have a recommended workaround:

    • Older versions of VMware Tools caused a slowdown and VMware Tools included with VMware Fusion 2.0.5 could not be easily upgraded. The tools upgrade issue has been resolved with VMware Fusion 3.0.1 to make it easier to upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.0.1 tools, which resolves the problem.

    • Leaving the Virtual Machine Library open in the background on some machines caused excessive Spotlight searches looking for virtual machines. This has been addressed in VMware Fusion 3.0.1. If you encountered this issue, install VMware Fusion 3.0.1, launch it and then quit it. The next time you launch VMware Fusion 3.0.1, the problem is fixed.

    • AVG Free 9 takes lots of CPU and makes the virtual machine sluggish. This is a AVG Free 9 problem that has been reported to them for investigation. We recommend new customers use the included 12-month subscription of McAfee VirusScan Plus or look at other free antivirus solutions such as Microsoft Security Essentials or Panda Cloud Antivirus that do not exhibit this problem.

    Shared/Mirrored Folders Improvements: Incompatibilities with Zone Alarms AV & Outlook 2007 Preview mode resolved.


    VMware Fusion 3.0 will offer to automatically download and upgrade you to VMware Fusion 3.0.1 when you launch or you can choose Check for Updates from the VMware Fusion menu.


    Click here to separately download VMware Fusion 3.0.1.


    Updating to VMware Fusion 3.0.1

    For the best experience upgrading VMware Fusion 3.0.1, you will need to upgrade VMware Tools to the latest version shipping with VMware Fusion 3.0.1 to enable features we care about including Unity, Aero, and much more.


    To update to the latest VMware Tools for Windows


    NOTE: If you are upgrading your virtual machines from VMware Fusion 1.x to VMware Fusion 3, we recommend you first read the Updating from VMware Fusion 1.x to 2 upgrade document that has more considerations for you as you move to VMware Fusion 3.


    1) Start up your existing VMware Fusion virtual machine

    2) Select "Install VMware Tools" or "Update VMware Tools" in the Virtual Machine menu

    3) VMware Fusion will display a confirmation dialog with instructions. Click Install

    4) Windows should display an Autorun dialog, click Run Setup.exe (published by VMware, Inc.) to start the VMware Tools installer.

    5) If you do not see VMware Tools begin installing, open the CD-ROM device in Windows Explorer, open VMware Tools and double-click "setup.exe".

    6) Click Next and follow the prompts to install VMware Tools. Once installation is complete, you will be asked to reboot your virtual machine.






    See below for detailed list of changes:


    PC Migration Agent and Migration Assistant Improvements




    • Adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2

    • Installer localized into all supported languages

    • Shows progress that VMware Tools are being installed in last step of migrating the PC

    • Does not show the PC Migration Agent on each power on of a migrated PC virtual machine

    • Adds only one network adapter to imported PC virtual machines


    Unity View Improvements


    • "Always On" Applications menu defaults to the active virtual machine

    • Fixes a problem in which the "Always On" Application menu was not populated in some cases

    • Improves the Aero-in-Unity experience with better interactive performance and easier readability of window titles

    • Improves Unity view interactive performance for 32-bit Windows applications running on 64-bit Windows operating systems

    • Ability to dismiss system tray menus in Unity view with only one click

    • Small mouse wheel scroll increments work correctly in Unity view

    • Fixes keyboard focus issues in Unity view when multiple windows are opened and closed

    • Fixes a problem in which Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop, and some other applications would drop out of Unity view, causing the Waiting for Unity window to appear

    • Fixes a problem in which VMware Fusion would fail when processing very large icons from Windows applications

    • Fixes a problem in which VMware Fusion could not create Windows applications in the dock for those with really long application names


    Shared/Mirrored Folders Improvements


    • Outlook 2007 preview works with Mirrored Folders enabled

    • Applications no longer crash when saving exceedingly long path and file names with mapped drives

    • Saving files in shared folders with a PC using ZoneAlarm antivirus software no longer causes Windows to fail


    WDDM (Windows Vista and Windows 7) Graphics Improvements


    • Windows Experience graphics scores are 20-80% better than VMware Fusion 3.0

    • Greatly improved HD video playback for Windows Vista and Windows 7

    • Older games (including Diablo II, Homeworld, and others) play now on Windows Vista and Windows 7

    • Windows Media Player no longer stretches video

    • Fuzzy text in Windows Aero is fixed

    • Interactive performance on ATI video cards with Aero is greatly improved in combination with Mac OS X 10.6.2

    • Windows 7 no longer boots to an incorrect resolution


    General Graphics Improvements


    • Fixes fuzzy text in WPF applications

    • Improved 3D performance


    Linux Improvements


    • Adds support for Ubuntu 9.10 32-bit and 64-bit editions, including Easy Install and Unity view

    • Fixes choppy sound problems with newest Linux guests with kernel version 2.6.30+

    • Fixes Easy Install problems when double quotes were used in password

    • Improves Tools support for latest 2.6.z kernels


    FreeBSD Improvements


    • Prebuilt modules for FreeBSD 8.x


    Mac OS X Server Improvements


    • Faster boot times for Mac OS X Server guests


    Other Fixes and Improvements


    • Multicore support for Windows 7 works correctly for all editions of Windows 7. Previously it did not work for Windows Home Premium, Home Basic, and Starter editions

    • Fixes a performance problem in which Spotlight would continually search the Mac for virtual machines when the Virtual Machine Library was left open, causing slow downs

    • Fixes a problem in which the VMware Tools included with VMware Fusion 2.0.5 would not be updated correctly

    • Fixes a problem in which it was not possible to use a CD drive on certain hardware-specific versions of Mac OS X 10.6.1. This is also fixed by upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6.2

    • Fixes a problem in which the ThinPrint driver would cause printing problems in 64-bit Windows Boot Camp partitions

    • Favorite virtual machine opens correctly when launching VMware Fusion 3

    • Contains a fix for Link State Propagation for bridged networking that previously failed, in some cases, after installing VMware Fusion 3.0

    • Fixes a problem in which you could not switch Spaces desktops away from a full-screen virtual machine if the Full Screen view title bar was hidden

    • Fixes miscellaneous memory leaks in the VMware Fusion UI and during AutoProtect snapshots

    • Speeds up navigation in the Virtual Machine Library when you have 10 or more virtual machines

    • Removes console log spew by VMware Fusion Helper

    • In the Preview window, the View mode buttons show enabled and selected state

    • Fixes black flash when suspending a virtual machine in Single Window view

    • Virtual Machine Library and Preview window previously had poor quality for European language users


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