Software Update: VMware Workstation Pro 16.1.0

VMware has released version 16.1 of its virtualization software Workstation Pro. With this program it is possible to create one or more virtual computers on which a large number of different operating systems can be installed. That way, they can be used side by side, as opposed to a dual boot setup, which requires choosing one OS or the other. VMware Workstation is available for Windows and Linux, and licenses start at about 220 euros. In version 16.1 we find support for various new operating systems and some problems have been fixed.

What’s New

  • Support for new host/guest operating systems:​
    • Windows 10 20H2
    • Ubuntu 20.10
    • fedora 33
    • RHEL 8.3
  • Updated vctl kind to support KIND v0.9.0
  • Includes docker-machine-driver-vmware

Product Support Notices

  • The Shared virtual machine feature (VMware Workstation as server) is being deprecated. It will remain in its present form for the remainder of the VMware Workstation 16 product life. This feature will not be available in a future release.

Resolved Issues

  • The user cannot use kind to export cluster logs for exploring.
  • While connecting to the old version of VMware Workstation or VMware ESXi servers to power on a remoting virtual machine, the following error displays:
    Unable to connect to the MKS: vim.fault.GenericVmConfigFault
  • The virtual machine is not able to start. Every machine hangs at the “waiting for connection” phase.
  • The virtual machine boot up on the Microsoft Windows host takes long time and it appears as if the virtual machine does not start when the enhanced keyboard is set to “Required”.

Version number 16.1.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019
Website VMware
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License type Paid