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VMWare Workstation 14 Pro and Fusion 10 Pro: What IT Pros Need to Know

VMWare Workstation 14 Pro and Fusion 10 Pro: What IT Pros Need to Know
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VMware workstation is a solution for running virtual machines on Windows and Linux, while Fusion is used for running virtual machines on macOS. VMware has improved both.

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VMware recently announced the release of the latest versions of both VMware Workstation 14 Pro and VMware Fusion 10 Pro. VMware workstation is a solution for running virtual machines on Windows and Linux, while Fusion is used for running virtual machines on macOS. These solutions fit a need for end users to run their own virtual machines on their personal hypervisor, separate of production environments. These solutions have been a staple for information technology professionals and developers for years, and VMware has improved on both.

Virtualization Based Security

Virtualization Based Security in Windows 10 has seen significant adoption in enterprise environments as it has helped increase the overall security of the Windows operating system. Fortunately, both Workstation and Fusion Pro will have added much-needed support for Virtualization Based Security (VBS) for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. Windows 10 security features such as Credential Guard, unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) secure boot and trusted platform modules are included in both Fusion and Workstation Pro.

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Virtual Networking

When it comes to troubleshooting and testing applications on the network, the new Network Latency Simulator will be a welcome addition to the networking tools included in Workstation Pro. In Fusion Pro, the ability to simulate packet loss and limit bandwidth will enhance the user's methods of testing network issues. Another advanced networking feature is the ability to now customize virtual NIC adapters names, which will help users better organize their networking configurations.

vCenter integration

For IT professionals who would like to test out installing or using the vCenter Server Appliance, they can now import it into Workstation and Fusion seamlessly in addition to added support for other OVA appliances. Speaking of vCenter, VMware has added the ability for the user to do host reboots, shutdowns of remote ESXi hosts in addition to placing them into maintenance mode furthering the integration of its one host hypervisor solutions and vCenter.

DevOps features

Of the new features in this Fusion release, VMware has shown their ability to listen to customer feedback as many are focused on DevOps. Fusion adds capabilities with Vagrant and Docker to help automate the development process for your enterprise containerized applications. Users can now use a Swagger-based REST API to integrate into continuous development scenarios while leveraging management of VM inventory, power, cloning and networking.

Graphical improvements

Fusion Pro 10 will feature not only an updated modernized graphical user interface but also an updated "New VM" and "Migrate Your PC" wizards that will improve the look and functionality for the end user. In addition, Fusion will add Virtual Machine support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Users will enjoy that Fusion now leverages the Mac TouchBar for easy and quick control of your environment.

Use AutoCAD? The Fusion 10 Pro virtual GPU engine will now support Apple's metal graphics acceleration technology, which means a substantial boost in performance, battery and rendering.

Wrap up

VMware Workstation and Fusion Pro continue to add enhanced capabilities to its users, whether they are IT Pros or developers, making it the leading solution for personal, one hypervisor lab environments. With the newest versions of these tools being released in October, Workstation and Fusion Pro will support the Fall editions of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 as well as Linux distributions,' Ubuntu 17.04 and Fedora 26. With the new DevOps features that further the integration with Vagrant and Docker, Workstation and Fusion Pro is sure to be a hit.