Wednesday, July 2, 2008

VMware Server 2.0 Release Candidate 1

This newest version offers the capabilities from before, plus an array of new features, increased performance and stability—including a broader range of guest operating system support, direct access to virtual machine consoles, an intuitive Web-based management interface, and increased memory for greater scalability. With over 3 million downloads worldwide, VMware Server continues to innovate to provide users with a superior introductory experience to virtualization—for free.

What's New

  • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS): Properly backup the state of the Windows virtual machines when using the snapshot feature to maintain data integrity of the applications running inside the virtual machine.
  • Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI): Support for fast and efficient communication between a virtual machine and the host operating system and between two or more virtual machines on the same host.
  • Support for SCSI pass-through (generic) devices: Allows for SCSI devices such as tape backup devices to be connected to virtual machines.
  • Expand disk capacity on the fly: Allows for adding new SCSI hard disks and controllers to a running virtual machine.
  • Firefox 3 as a supported browser for the management interface.
  • Remote Client Devices: Access devices such as CD-ROMs that are not physically connected to the host via VMware Remote Console
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