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VMware Workstation 8 released!

14 Sep 2011 Leave a comment

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VMware Workstation 8 was released today.

Here the main news

  • Virtual hardware improvement:
    • VM can now support up to 64GB ram
    • newHD Audio device for Vista, 7 Windows 2008 e 2008 R2 guests
    • USB 3.0 support available for Linux guests
    • Bluetooth devices on the host can now be shared with Windows guests
    • You can now enable Virtual VT-X/EPT or AMD-V/RVI in the processor settings interface: with this feature, you can also run 64-bit guest operating systems inside of vSphere running inside Workstation.
  • New user interface: new menus, new toolbar and improved preferences screen
  • You can share virtual machines with remote users
  • New Autostart feature: shared virtual machines can be configured to start with the host system.
  • New feature "Connect to server":  you can connect to remote hosts running Workstation, ESX 4.x and later, and VMware vCenter Server. After connecting to a remote host, all of the virtual machines that you have permission to access are displayed in the virtual machine library
  • Upload to ESX/vCenter: you can upload a virtual machine from Workstation to a remote server running ESX, ESXi, or vCenter Server

My thoughts: I found interesting the Autostart feature (no more reasons to not say goodbye to the old VMware Server…) and the integration between Workstation and vSphere. Another feature useful is the ability to run 64-bit guest virtualized on virtualized vSphere: useful for virtual on virtual lab.

Main page: http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/overview.html

Release notes: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws80/doc/releasenotes_workstation_80.html

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Rilasciato VMware Workstation 8

14 Sep 2011 Leave a comment

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Oggi e’ stato rilasciato Workstation 8.

Ecco le principali novita’:

  • Miglioramenti al virtual hardware:
    • supporto fino a 64GB di ram per le VM
    • nuovo device audio HD per sistemi operativi guest  Vista, 7 Windows 2008 e 2008 R2
    • supporto a USB 3.0 per guest Linux
    • possibilita’ di condividere i device Bluetooth dell’host con guest Windows
    • possibilità di abilitare il Virtual VT-X/EPT o AMD-V/RVI sulla vCPU, diventa cosi’ possibile eseguire guest a 64 bit in vSphere virtualizzati con Workstation
  • Nuova interfaccia utente: nuovi menu, nuova toolbar e schermata preferiti migliorata
  • Possibilita’ di condividere virtual machine con utenti remoti
  • Nuova funzionalita’ di Autostart: permette di far partire all’avvio dell’host le VM condivise
  • Nuova funzionalita’ "Connect to server": e’ possibile connettersi a ESX e vCenter remoti ed accedere alle VM remote
  • Upload su ESX/vCenter: è possibile spostare VM da workstation a ESX/vCenter senza usare altri tool esterni

Direi che le novita’ sono molte e interessanti: personalmente trovo molto interessante la possibilita’ di far partire in automatico vm (cori’ finalmente non ci sara’ davvero piu’ nessun motivo per non mandare in pensione l’ormai vecchio VMware Server…) e l’integrazione tra Workstation e vSphere. Altra cosa che vedo comoda è la possibilita’ di avere guest a 64 bit in vSphere virtualizzati (utile per I lab virtual on virtual).

Per maggiori informazioni: http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/overview.html

Per le release notes complete: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws80/doc/releasenotes_workstation_80.html

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