VMware Fusion 5 and Microsoft Office 2013 screen refresh problem

When using  Microsoft Office 2013 on Windows 7 or Windows 8 in VMware Fusion 5 the screen is not properly refreshed and leaving black regions.

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This is because VMware Fusion 5 offers DirectX9 for Windows 7 and Windows 8, but Microsoft Office 2013 requires DirectX10. This is a know issue in VMware Fusion 5.

There are two work arounds available:

  • Disable 3D acceleration in the VM settings
  • Disable hardware acceleration in the Microsoft Office 2013 application

 

Disable 3D acceleration in the VM settings

  • Shut Down the VM
  • Go to Settings and click on  Display
  • Turn the Accelerate 3D Graphics setting to OFF

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  • Start the VM

Disable hardware acceleration in the Microsoft Office 2013 application

  • Open the Office application you want to turn disable the hardware acceleration
  • Click on Settings – Advanced – Disable hardware acceleration

More information can be found here.

The end of the vRAM entitlement in VMware vSphere 5 and 5.1!

About a year ago VMware introduced the vRAM entitlement (see post VMware vSphere 5 Licensing explained). Today at VMworld 2012, VMware announced the end of the vRAM entitlement in VMware  vSphere 5 and 5.1!

In vSphere 5 and 5.1 the licensing will be per physical processor. Each physical processor needs to have at least one vSphere 5 license key assigned. The vSphere licensing removes restrictions on:

  • physical cores
  • RAM
  • number of VMs

Removing the vRAM entitlement makes it possible to scale up VMware vSphere hosts without buying extra vSphere licenses! With the end of the vRAM entitlement, VMware can easily competes against Hyper-V 3.0!

More on VMware vSphere 5 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging found here.

All you want to know about What’s New with VMware vSphere 5.1!

VMware has released PDFs on what’s new in VMware vSphere 5.1. Here is the list: