What's New in the VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2013

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    Updated! What's New in the VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2013


    The VMware Fusion Technology Preview is an early look at software from our labs. This software should not be used outside of a test environment or with critical data or documents. The VMware Fusion Technical Support team is unable to assist with issues found in the Technology Preview. Feedback should be provided in the VMware Fusion Technology Preview community forum at http://communities.vmware.com/




    Hardware Requirements

    The hardware requirements for the VMware Fusion Technology Preview are a 64-bit CPU Intel Core 2 or later. 4GB of RAM is highly recommended. 3D acceleration is not available on Macs with the following GPUs: Intel GMA 950, NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 7600, Quadro FX 4500, Intel X3100 and ATI X1600, X1900.


    Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.7 or newer is required to run the VMware Fusion Technology Preview.


    Compatibility with Existing VMware Fusion Versions

    VMware Fusion Technology Preview can be installed alongside a copy of VMware Fusion 4, VMware Fusion 5 or VMware Fusion 5 Professional, though only one version can be launched at a time. The VMware Fusion Technology Preview should not be installed on Macs that already contain a copy of VMware Fusion 3 or earlier.


    To configure VMware Fusion to run alongside the VMware Fusion Technology Preview

    Before installing the VMware Fusion Technology Preview complete the following steps:


    1. Launch VMware Fusion.

    2. Under "Virtual Machine > Settings > Applications Menu > Show applications menu in menu bar" select "Only when Fusion is running".

    3. Quit VMware Fusion.

    4. Install the VMware Fusion Technology Preview by dragging the “VMware Fusion Technology Preview” application to a folder on your Mac.


    To remove the VMware Fusion Technology Preview

    1. Uninstall VMware Tools from each virtual machine used with the VMware Fusion Technology Preview.  Use the usual operating-system-specific method for uninstalling software.

    2. Ensure that all virtual machines are downgraded to be compatible with VMware Fusion 5 under VM > Settings > Compatibility

    3. Quit VMware Fusion Technology Preview.

    4. Drag VMware Fusion Technology Preview to the trash.


    In rare circumstances, it might be necessary to recreate a virtual machine created using this pre-release software in a subsequent version of VMware Fusion.


    What's New?
    The VMware Fusion Technology Preview includes changes to the underlying virtualization platform and includes new capabilities under active development. There are no guarantees that changes in this preview will be compatible with other VMware software, or that these changes will be present in future supported releases of VMware Fusion.

    Feedback in the following areas is requested in the Technology Preview Community Forum.


    • New virtual Hardware Version 10 with support for up to 16 vCPUs on Macs with more than 16 cores and up to 64GB of RAM per VM.
    • Support for Mountain Lion Dictation.
    • Updated PC Migration Assistant.
    • Support for expiring a restricted virtual machine after a particular date.
    • Improved support for Windows 8.1 Preview New!
    • Improved compatibility with certain versions of OS X.
    • Support for virtual SATA devices New!
    • Improved Boot Camp support
    • Support for installing OS X from the recovery partition
    • Clone (Duplicate) a virtual machine from the library New!
    • Create a linked clone based on an existing virtual machine snapshot New!
    • Improved media detection for many Operating Systems

    User Interface

    • Virtual Machine Assistant redesign New!
    • Redesigned Settings > CPU & Memory to provide clearer guidance when configuring virtual machines. New!
    • Redesigned Settings > Compatibility to provide more information about the limits associated with each virtual hardware version and product compatibility.
    • A virtual machine can now be rebooted to BIOS/EFI by performing the following actions: Settings > Startup Disk > Restart to firmware. The “Restart to firmware” option is shown when the “Alt/Option” key is held down.
    • Show "Metro-style" Windows 8 appications in the Dock.


    Operating Systems

    • Improved handling of the Command key to prevent accidentally entering “Metro-style” when running Windows 8.


    Known Issues

    • Additional checks (debugging) have been enabled to aid troubleshooting. Performance of this release is likely to be significantly slower than shipping versions of VMware Fusion.
    • This release has not been localized only US English is supported.
    • Upgrading VMware Tools may require an additional reboot of the guest operating system in some circumstances.

    Reporting issues in the Community Forum

    Bug reports and problems should be posted in the community forum. A support bundle should be provided with each report. This can be generated from within Fusion under Help > Collect Support Information. When more than one virtual machine is present on your library please describe which virtual machines are experiencing the problem.