VMware-Workstation-17.0-Pro

Platforms like VMware Workstation are essentially for many organizations and developers, providing a way to access different operating systems to test the software they are developing. Of course, they also provide a secondary OS that you can test, play with, or customize. This week, VMware Workstation 17.0 Pro is becoming available.

With this latest version of the popular virtualization service, VMware is adding a bunch of new features. Among them is support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0. You may know this as one of the mandatory component requirements for PCs to be able to run Windows 11.

That means with support for TPM 2.0, VMware Workstation 17.0 Pro officially supports Windows 11. Of course, there was a workaround before but this is now an official integration where Windows 11 is available as a guest OS.

Elsewhere in this release, there is support for RHEL 9, Debian 11.x, Ubuntu 22.04, and Windows Server 2022.

New Features

As well as expanded OS support, Workstation 17.0 Pro also comes with a collection of new features:

“New Full or Fast Encryption features

You can now choose between security (Full) and performance (Fast) options for encyption.

Improved Graphics Support: OpenGL 4.3

Workstation Pro now supports OpenGL 4.3 for the virtual machines.

  • Guest Operating System Requirements
    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Linux with Mesa 22.0.0 and Linux kernel 5.16.0

Support for WDDM 1.2

Workstation Pro now supports WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) version 1.2 for the virtual machines.”

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