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VMware Still Updating Legacy Product

In spite of the fact that VMware has released the VI3 product, it looks like they are still updating their ESX Server 2.x and VirtualCenter 1.4.x legacy products to keep them current in the market.

VMware ESX Server 2.5.4 will be available starting Oct. 5, 2006 as a no-cost update for current Support and Subscription (SnS) contract holders.  This release enables support for servers based on the Intel Xeon 5000 and 5100 series of processors on ESX 2.5, includes several additions to the Guest operating systems list and provides support for new NICs and SAS devices.

The release of VirtualCenter 1.4.1 is available as a no-cost update for current Support and Subscription (SnS) contract holders.  As a maintenance release, bug fixes have been issued to improve upon VirtualCenter 1.3 as well as offering the following features:

  • VMware Server support - A VMware Server can now be managed by VirtualCenter as a host, along with ESX Server 2.x and GSX Server 3.x hosts in a heterogeneous environment.

  • VMware Server 64-bit support - Create and use 64-bit virtual machines and templates on VMware Server.

  • VMware Server SMP support - Create and use SMP virtual machines and templates on VMware Server.

  • VMware Server virtual hardware support - Create or edit virtual machines to use the additional virtual hardware options on VMware Server. This includes the E1000 NIC and new autodetect options.  Virtual machines not using the new hardware continue to be supported on ESX Server 2.x and GSX Server 3.1 or later hosts.

  • VMware Server migration support - Virtual machines on ESX Server or GSX Server hosts can be migrated or imported onto VMware Server hosts. Once migrated to a VMware Server, they can be migrated back to an ESX Server or GSX Server, provided their virtual hardware has not been upgraded through the VMware Server Console.
  • Published Tuesday, October 03, 2006 7:04 AM by David Marshall
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