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The VMware Workstation team is very excited to announce the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2018 is available now! This release includes many great new features that we’ve been working on and we would love to hear your feedback in our Tech Preview Community.

 

VMware Workstation Pro Tech Preview 2018 Released with New Features

The new VMware Workstation Pro Tech Preview 2018 contains the following improvements and updates to the Workstation platform:

  1. DirectX 10.1
  2. REST API enhancements
  3. Windows 10 High DPI support
  4. ESXi Host/cluster view when connecting to vCenter Server
  5. USB Auto Connect to a Virtual Machine
  6. Linux Host Wayland Support

 

DirectX 10.1 – We are excited to introduce DirectX 10.1 support with Workstation 2018 Tech Preview. DX10.1 introduces several subtle differences over 10.0

DirectX 10.1 delivers the following graphics improvements:

  • Full MSAA (Multisample anti-aliasing) support
  • Shader Model 4.1 support
  • Cubemap array support

This enhancement allows users to run games that require DirectX 10.1, and improves performance for DX10.0 games and apps. Test it out and let us know how what you think about the graphics quality and performance.

This feature is for both Windows and Linux hosts.

 

REST API – Workstation Tech Preview 2018 delivers a brand new RESTful API interface for automating virtual machines management. With the REST API you can perform VM operations like VM inventory management, VM power management, cloning, networking, IP and MAC address gathering, and more.

Use the API to include Workstation in your development pipeline to rapidly clone, configure, spin up and run automated tests within your VMs, and then destroy them when finished to repeat the process from your desired state.

Note: This is currently available for Windows host only.

How to test:

  1. Install VMware Workstation Tech Preview 2018 on your host.
  2. Workstation REST API follows exactly the same standard as Fusion REST API. Check out William Lam’s blog for details how to config and use the API. https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/07/vmware-fusion-2017-tech-preview-adds-rest-api-support.html 

 

Windows 10 High DPI support – We have improved our support for High DPI configurations from both a Host and a Guest perspective:

  • Host level high DPI support. Workstation UI will auto detect the host level DPI and auto adjust the layout to meet this DPI. For example, if the original DPI scaling of your host display is 100% and you change it to 200%, Workstation UI will automatically update its layout.
    • This is extremely useful for multimonitor scenarios, when you have different DPI settings for each monitor, when you move Workstation UI from one monitor to another monitor with different DPI, the UI will automatically adapt to DPI of the monitor it’s being drawn on.
  • Guest DPI sync with host. When there is DPI change on the host side, the guest OS will be able to adjust its DPI to match the host DPI.

This feature requires both host and guest to be Windows 10.

ESXi Host/cluster view when connecting to vCenter – We’ve add a new Hosts and Clusters view when using Workstation to connect to a vCenter Server from Workstation. Users now have visibility to navigate to non-VM objects (ESXi hosts, Resource Pool and vApp) and their respective relationship hierarchy (i.e. Datacenter > Cluster > Resource Pool > vApp). Users can also switch back to the ‘flat’ VM view with a single click.

USB Auto Connect to virtual machine – Workstation 2018 Tech Preview provides a long-requested feature for managing USB device access.  When users plug in an USB device, (a USB storage device for example) this USB device can be automatically connected to a powered on virtual machine without having to manually add the device. This is currently available only to Windows hosts.

Linux Host Wayland Support – Workstation can now run on Linux hosts using the new Wayland desktop architecture. We expect full coverage here, so we encourage users to try this out and let us know in the Tech Preview community if you experience any issues.

 

A quick overview of the installation process.  A few notes about this release:

  • Drivers in this release are not signed (will be in the release build)
  • System requirements are the same as VMware Workstation 14
  • You should uninstall any previous versions of VMware Workstation before installing the Tech Preview

 

Download VMware Workstation Pro Tech Preview 2018 - 64-bit

 

Article Source:

  1. https://blogs.vmware.com/
  2. https://www.virtualizationhowto.com/
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just an FYI. Do not install the tech preview. your SN# for v14 pro will not work :(  no working medicine i can find so far

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