VMware Workstation – “The host is currently using the device”


I hit a problem recently in VMware Workstation (v11) where I couldn’t connect a USB storage device to my VM, as it claimed that “The connection for the USB device x  was unsuccessful - The host is currently using the device …”.  I knew that there weren’t any application or OS process accessing it, so thought it may be the USB pen drive itself. Looking within the Windows Explorer window I confirmed that the OS could see the device and that it was accessible (see below). I had the … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

VMware have just released a maintenance update (6.0.2) for their Mac based Fusion product.  Although a minor update it does address a number of bug fixes to the recently released Fusion 6.x virtualization product.  If you are running Fusion 6.x then the next time you start it up you should receive a notification window that the 6.0.2 update is available and that your installation can be updated.  One item of note is that Fusion 6.0.2 now provides "Easy Install" support for the final GA versions … [Read more...]

VMware Workstation 8 Released

VMware have released the latest edition of their desktop based virtualization software, VMware Workstation 8.  With Workstation 8, VMware claims support for more than 600 operating systems, from MS-DOS to Windows 7 and can make use of up to 64GB of host RAM.   This latest release also boasts over 50 new features which include: Remote Connections – VMware Workstation 8 provides a seamless way to establish remote connections to hosts running in Workstation, VMware vSphere, … [Read more...]

FIX: Poor VM Performance & Errors with VMware Workstation 7.1.3 after applying Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

This is an issue which will likely have been affecting those of you, like myself, who upgraded their Windows 7 PC to Service Pack 1 and also run VMs under VMware Workstation 7.1.3 from the same PC.  The introduction of the ‘Dynamic Memory’ (a new memory management ‘enhancement’ which allow for higher VM densities within Hyper-V – see here and here for more details ) feature in the recent Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) release appears to have affected how … [Read more...]