Return multiple monitor support

Return multiple monitor support

Prior versions of Fusion had support for multiple monitors on the host that could be configured to the guest. Please return this functionality as there are many Fusion users that have depended on this support and now find it gone after upgrades.

Parallels continues to maintain this feature on current macOS versions.

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Paxsoga
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I've been a Fusion user for a very very long time.  I don't mind being a little on the bleeding edge with my Win11 ARM64 installation, but without multiple monitor support this product is virtually useless to me.  I don't understand the technical issues making this so difficult to implement, but without it my support for the Fusion product will ultimately come to an end.

Technogeezer
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The issue impacts users of both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs, and has been present since at least Fusion 12.

za4
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the new version of fusion (13.0.1) still does not allow multi-monitor support.

well, I am trying to get Parallels already. it will be great to have multi-monitor support again 🙂

scsiboy71
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I switched my users to Fusion from Parallels over a decade ago, but the lag in full support for Windows guest on Apple silicon has gotten beyond frustrating and is causing serious reconsideration. 

Please return this functionality!

za4
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there doesn't seem to be put much effort into development - any news regarding multi-monitor?

Paxsoga
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I noticed a release bulletin for Fusion 13.5 indicating multi-monitor support was now being supported for ARM64, but after upgrading this morning and installing vmtools, it still doesn't appear to be an option.  Anyone else having better luck?

Technogeezer
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What guest OS are you trying to use?

Paxsoga
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Win 11 Pro Arm64

Here’s the blog posting I was referring to:

https://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2023/10/fusion-13-5-is-live.html

Paxsoga
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- Update - 

After playing with previous settings a bit more, I now have multiple monitors (3) working.

When selecting "View all displays in full screen" from the View menu, Windows at least recognized I had 3 displays, but only in mirrored mode.  My mouse pointer dropped out as well for some reasn.  Even navigating via keyboard, I couldn't extend the displays.  Thinking maybe I had a previous display setting causing problems I  shut down, dropped back to a single display and played around with a few of my display settings.  After disabling auto-scaling, my mouse pointer works as well as extended displays. After manually selecting display resolutions, multi-monitor support now seems to function as expected.

I'll provide an update in a week or two with my impressions.  I'm also working from an inactivated Win11 Pro Arm64 build I installed during the tech preview (I wasn't coughing up $$$ for a license key if multi-monitor support was off the table).  Now that it appears to work, I'll give the new installer a try and purchase a license key during the process.  So far so good!

PS:  Paul, thanks for the cross post on the dual monitor thread - it got me thinking about my previous display settings as possibly being part of the problem.

Technogeezer
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@Paxsoga If you have a writeup on what you did and the settings you had to change to make the multiple monitor support work. I'd like to include that in the next version of the Companion Guide. It seems to be tricky enough that guidance needs to added because the Fusion documentation isn't complete (wouldn't be the first time...)...