VMware Workstation 17 Launched: Recent updates to VMware’s virtualization software have been made available. VMware Workstation 17.0 Player, which is free, and VMware Workstation 17.0 Pro, which costs money, are both compatible with all supported platforms.
Official support for Microsoft’s Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 operating systems, as well as TPM 2.0 support, are the primary new features of the releases. The addition of these capabilities enables VMware users to directly create Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 virtual machines.
Both solutions now officially support Windows 11, as Oracle included compatibility in VirtualBox 7.0.0 a month earlier. The Workstation 17.0 Player release notes are now available officially. The release notes for Workstation 17.0 Pro may be found on this page.
To date, there are five new guest operating systems that are compatible with VMware Workstation 17.0 Player. Ubuntu 22.04, Debian 11.x, and RHEL 9 are the other five. Microsoft‘s Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 are also included.
A virtual Trusted Platform Module is supported in the new release, which also brings TPM 2.0 compatibility. The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is fully supported, allowing for the use of TPM-reliant operating systems like Windows 11.
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In addition to the aforementioned changes, VMware highlights a number of other enhancements in the release notes. Changes that are worth noting in VMware Workstation 17.0 Player are as follows:
- There is now a choice to have a local virtual machine boot up alongside the host computer.
- In terms of encryption, you have complete and quick flexibility.
- More robust OpenGL 4.3 compatibility. Guests need to be running Windows 7 or later, or Linux with Mesa 22.0.0 and Linux kernel 5.16.0.
- OpenSSL, Python, zlib, and Libgcrypt are just a few of the libraries that have had updates to address security concerns in earlier releases.
All of the enhancements and new capabilities included in VMware Workstation 17.0 Player are also supported in the Pro edition, and WDDM 1.2 is also supported. Various problems that were present in earlier versions have been addressed by the developers.
The Pro edition now allows users to host numerous virtual machines that all share the same VM directory. The release notes contain a comprehensive list of issues addressed and those still outstanding.