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VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 Released

The VMware vCenter Server for Windows 5.0 Update 1 came out on March 15, 2012.  VMware said the vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 Update 1 will be out sometime later this year. 

Some of the improvements in this update include:

  • vCenter Essentials is incorporated with hard enforce vRAM limits
    In vSphere Essential edition, a hard enforcement is added to limit vRAM usage (192GB). Once the limit is met, additional operations (such as powerOnVM) that lead to license over usage will be prevented. This enforcement is only added to Essential editions, other editions do not have this.

  • vCenter now enforces restrictions on which vSphere editions can be managed by vCenter
    With this feature, vCenter Standard and Foundation is disallowed from managing vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus host editions. This is disallowed per the EULA already, but was not programmatically enforced until now. The exception to this rule is the ‘Essentials for ROBO’ edition. This is still allowed per the EULA and as per the programmatic enforcement. Furthermore, it is also enforced that vCenter Essentials can only manage Essentials and Essentials Plus hosts.

  • License use reporting does not cap per-VM vRAM consumption reporting at 96GB per VM
    When viewing vSphere 5.0 vRAM usage reporting, VMs configured to use greater than 96GB of configured RAM reported the full configured RAM value, regardless of the vRAM license policy which states that greater than 96GB per VM usage is not counted against your vRAM entitlement.

  • Support for Database Pre-Upgrade Checker 1.0
    Before you upgrade vCenter Server, you can run the VMware vCenter Database Pre-Upgrade Checker on your current vCenter Server database to reveal problems that could prevent the upgrade. You can use the Pre-Upgrade Checker for the following upgrades:

    • On a VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6 or later database before you upgrade to vCenter Server 4.x
    • On a vCenter Server 4.0.x database before you upgrade to vCenter Server 4.1 or 5.0
    • On a vCenter Server 4.1.x database before you upgrade to vCenter Server 5.0
  • Guest Operating System Customization Improvements: vCenter Server adds support for customization of the following guest operating systems:
    • Windows 8
    • Ubuntu 11.10
    • Ubuntu 11.04
    • Ubuntu 10.10
    • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2

Read the release notes for VMware vCenter 5.0 Update 1 to learn more.

Published Tuesday, March 27, 2012 7:05 AM by David Marshall
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