Apple’s ARM-powered Mac lineup created some incompatibilities for software makers, one of which was popular virtual machine software maker VMware. Now VMware is releasing a new public preview that brings support for Windows 11 to VMware for Macs, almost a year after Parallels provided support to Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system.
One of the major kinks of Windows 11 over Windows 10 was that the former needs a TPM module. But VMware has a solution, “In order to support Windows 11 requirements, a Trusted Platform Module is required. With this release, we have enhanced our Virtual TPM module by incorporating ‘Fast Encryption’, key auto-gen and key storage via Keychain with a TPM 2.0 virtual device profile that is compatible with Windows 11 system requirements.”
2D Graphics Drivers for Windows on ARM
VMware is also shipping an early version of 2D graphics drivers for Windows on ARM, “This WDDM driver allows users to adjust the display setting within Windows to deliver 4K and higher resolutions. While Windows does not yet ship with our vmxnet3 networking driver for Windows on ARM as it now does for Intel, the VMware Tools ISO on ARM contains the 2 currently supported drivers for graphics and networking.”
Improved Linux VM Support on Apple Silicon
VMware also improved their Linux support, “Working with the communities of various operating systems and open source open-source projects such as Mesa, Linux, as well as our own open-vm-tools, we’ve made many enhancements to the Linux on Apple silicon experience. Patches have been upstreamed to address a variety of kernel-related issues, as well as enhancements to the Mesa SVGA graphics driver to bring 3D hardware acceleration and OpenGL 4.3 + GLES 3.1 support to Linux VMs with Mesa 22.1.1 and later. (note: 3D and OpenGL 4.3 requires 5.19 kernel and Mesa 22.1.1 or greater).”
Out of the box now for many bleeding-edge or rolling-release Linux distributions, changes to the open source vmwgfx device drivers which made their way into Linux 5.14 and later provide a smooth ‘vm-driving’ experience while allowing users to change the resolution within the guest.
Auto-Fit Guest Display
Open-VM-Tools v12.0.5 in concert with this release now provides the auto-fit guest resolution feature. Users can drag the corner of the VM display window and the guest will automatically adjust the resolution in distributions like Debian Bookworm/Testing or Sid, and Fedora 37/Rawhide. Likewise, the resolution can be set from the View > Resize Virtual Machine menu.