VMware vSphere 5 Update 1 released

Today VMware released VMware vSphere 5 Update 1, one of the new features is the support for Windows 8 guests. Read about all the new features and fixes in the release notes;

VMware vCenter 5.0 U1 (for Windows); http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_vc50_u1_rel_notes.html

VMware ESXi 5.0 U1; http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_esxi50_u1_rel_notes.html

Happy patching ūüôā

VMware Workstation Tech preview March 2012

Last week VMware released the Technology preview (March 2012) of VMware Workstation. Don’t expect major new features in this release. VMware has made some changes to the underlying virtualization platform and asks users to test this by perfroming the following tasks;

  • Installation and operation of VMware Workstation on Windows 8 and Windows Server 8
  • Installation and operation of Windows 8 consumer preview and Windows Server 8 in a virtual machine
  • Rendering and graphics correctness issues on all platforms and applications
  • Linux 3D desktop experience, particularly when using the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta
  • Linux 3D application graphics correctness and performance
  • Stability in real-world scenarios including suspend/resume and display and device support
  • Nested Virtualization – running ESX and even trying Hyper-V* as a guest OS
  • VNC connection performance and stability

You don’t need a active license to run this software, VMware provides a license (expires October 15, 2012) with the download. So if you haven’t a valid license for Workstation 8 but want to experiment with this software grab the Tech Preview!

Download the tech preview at http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/beta/workstationtp2012

Read all about the changes and issues with the tech preview at the VMware Communities; http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-18665

Note: There’s also a tech preview¬†available¬†for VMware Fusion (Apple OS X), I don’t own a mac so don’t expect me to post about it, you can find the Fusion tech preview at¬†http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/beta/fusiontp2012

VMware Labs, vBenchmark

When I was reading the blogs of other virtualization technicians I noticed a nice VMware Fling named vBenchmark. What is vBenchmark? The author has written this summary about the tool;

Have you ever wondered how to quantify the benefits of virtualization to your management? If so, please consider using vBenchmark. vBenchmark measures the performance of a VMware virtualized infrastructure across three categories:

  • Efficiency: for example, how much physical RAM are you saving by using virtualization?
  • Operational Agility: for example, how much time do you take on average to provision a VM?
  • Quality of Service: for example, how much downtime do you avoid by using availability features?

vBenchmark provides a succinct set of metrics in these categories for your VMware virtualized private cloud. Additionally, if you choose to contribute your metrics to the community repository, vBenchmark also allows you to compare your metrics against those of comparable companies in your peer group. The data you submit is anonymized and encrypted for secure transmission.

Key Features:

  • Retrieves metrics across one or multiple vCenter servers
  • Allows inclusion or exclusion of hosts at the cluster level
  • Allows you to save queries and compare over time to measure changes as your environment evolves
  • Allows you to define your peer group by geographic region, industry and company size, to see how you stack up

Looks¬†promising, lets take it to the test…

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Running Windows 8 on VMware vSphere 5 fails

Yesterday I posted about the general availability of the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview and how you can create a VMware workstation VM and install Windows 8 on to it. For those users who want to install the Win8 CP on a VMware vSphere 5 environment please check VMware KB article 2006859 (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2006859). You have to install a vSphere ESXi patch before you can create and install a Win8 VM.