Jabbawok
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Is there a version of VMRC that works on Apple silicon?

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Is there a version of VMRC that works on Apple silicon? The download points me to the App Store, and the App Store says intel only.

 

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Lijieg
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Hi Jabbawok,

VMRC 12.0 macOS version will run on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini with Apple Silicon-based M1 chipset, 12.0  will be release very soon.

Thanks

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Jabbawok
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Yes, when you try and run it I refuses to run and directs you to the App Store version.

The App Store version won't download/install as its set as intel only.

If I copy the App Store download version off an intel Mac I have, it crashes when you try and connect it to a console.

 

Thanks.

 

I'd be happy to run a beta. Unfortunately the ESXi web console doesn't allow USB passthrough, which for me is critical.

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BUBBIDK
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i have the same problem.. it is a bit frustrating.. 

i tried to use VMware fusion 12 pro instead, to connect to my ESXI.. but that dident work either 

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Jabbawok
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Interestingly, both VMware Fusion and VMRC allowed me to pass a USB device to the VM if only briefly before disconnecting. No picture was available but I could get that over the Web console. A native build of VMRC can't be that hard to achieve, even if full VMWare is extremely unlikely. I'm happy to have an EXSi box under my desk for as long as I need WIntel.

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BUBBIDK
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I hope that that get it fixed. I think it would be easy to make it work.

And the M1 MacBook is a really good machine to work on and it is great on the go. It’s perfect to remote control ESXI on.. if it would work..

 

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Jabbawok
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I assume the video stream is some variant of VNC, all though I can't be sure. I think maybe it was before ESXi 7 and now it's something faster like H265. I imagine it can't be that hard to fix it over Rosetta 2, but really the end game should be native ARM code. I'd be fine with the web console if it weren't for the fact I need the USB passthrough to plug in USB-serial and USB-ethernet devices to allow my VMs to talk to the equipment I'm programming.

What annoys me is Apple have had developer transition kits available since June specifically so developers can get their apps ready for when hardware lands. There should at least be a beta for willing users like me to test.

I've been running the VSphere mobile client (on iPad) for a while and that's native ARM and even runs on my M1 Mac (as all iOS apps do). Again, that lacks USB passthrough, but it proves the ARM code is mostly there.

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BUBBIDK
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I agree.

hope that VMware listens too us🙏

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Lijieg
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Hi Jabbawok,

VMRC 12.0 macOS version will run on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini with Apple Silicon-based M1 chipset, 12.0  will be release very soon.

Thanks

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Jabbawok
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Any chance of a beta?

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Jabbawok
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I see VMRC12 is out today! 😀

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