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gbohn
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Workstation 8- Upgrade VM Hardware Compatibility?

Hi;

   I was wondering what the 'usual' procedure is when you upgrade from Workstation 7 to 8. Is it expected that you would normally keep the VM 'Hardware compatibility at the old '6-7' level, or is it expected that you would usually upgrade the old VM's to version 8? (At least presuming you don't have any issues where you need to maintain compatibility with other VMware products...).

  I presume in either case you would normally install the version 8 tools. I have Windows 7, Windows XP and Linux Guests.

  Thanks;

       -Greg

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the usual procedure was : get new version and upgrade the virtual hardware to the new level

however with WS 8 I would not do that so light heartedly
you do not know yet if it works for you  - so I would not upgrade any VM in the first few weeks
better wait until you know that WS 8 works as good as WS 7 on your host - you would not be the first to go back to WS 7

anyway - as always with risky installs like Windows updates or vmware-tools changes ... take a snapshot first


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Usually the VMware Tools are compatible with earlier versions. However, without upgrading the virtual hardware you will not be able to benefit from the new features and improvements. see http://www.vmware.com/support/ws80/doc/releasenotes_workstation_80.html#improvements

André

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Hi gbohn ,

Generally if you ar going to upgrade 7 to 8 no need to upgrade any hardware , you can upgrade to 8 .if its very older version like vmware 2 to 8 in that case you need to chek all HCL list .higher version of tolls generally contain some advanced fetaures and , so better upgrade to higher version .

Yours, Abbie

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the usual procedure was : get new version and upgrade the virtual hardware to the new level

however with WS 8 I would not do that so light heartedly
you do not know yet if it works for you  - so I would not upgrade any VM in the first few weeks
better wait until you know that WS 8 works as good as WS 7 on your host - you would not be the first to go back to WS 7

anyway - as always with risky installs like Windows updates or vmware-tools changes ... take a snapshot first


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Do you need support with a VMFS recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
I do not support Workstation 16 at this time ...

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gbohn
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> better wait until you know that WS 8 works as good as WS 7 on your host

   Sadly, I already know that it doesn't for a few issues. This makes me wary or upgrading the 'hardware' level.

   After just a little testing I currently have two issues.

   *) The two USB drives I tried have a (Guest) performance issue where they work 6 times slower than with Workstation 7.1.5.

   *) Ironically, I have a video paint issue that is better when I do upgrade  to the 8.x level (I did a 'clone' upgrade).

       Sadly, updating just the guest tools doesn't help in this case.

   Thanks

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