With Fusion 4, it is possible to install ESXi 5 as a virtual machine. While not meant for production environments, this is beneficial if you would like to create a mobile testing environment or if you don't have the physical hardware to dedicate and would like to study to become a VMware Certified Professional (VCP).
In this video we discuss and demonstrate how to install the VMware vSphere 5 ESXi hypervisor as a guest operating system inside of a virtual machine running on the VMware Fusion 4.x virtualization platform for Mac OS X. That's a mouthful! Read again if confused
Today we have a new video which I am sure will be of interest to anyone who has a Macbook Pro, iMac or another Apple product with Mac OS X 10.6.7 running on it and who wants to run some Windows applications on it with VMware Fusion 4.
In this video we will discuss and demonstrate the process of downloading and installing VMware Fusion 4.
Before getting started though, you should first ensure that your host system meets the minimum system requirements as defined in the Getting Started with VMware Fusion guide. It's well worth checking if you want to avoid the possible headaches of trying to uninstall a failed install.
As you may have heard, Fusion 4.1 has been released. This update contains many bug fixes and some new features too. For a full list of new features, please see the VMware Fusion Blog. Details of fixes included in this release can be found in the Fusion 4.1 release notes.
Now, a few words about some common questions our customers are asking.
1) VMware Fusion 4.1 is a free upgrade for all Fusion 4.x users. When launching Fusion, you will see a popup notification indicating that there is an update available. Click the Upgrade Now button to start the process and it should complete as expected. If you choose to download the Fusion 4.1 .DMG directly and then upgrade, you may experience an error saying "The operation can't be completed". This can be avoided by moving the existing Fusion application from your Applications folder into the Trash before attempting to upgrade, as detailed in Upgrading VMware Fusion 4.0 fails with error: The operation can't be completed (2009730).
3) If you have had issues with your Wacom tablet with Fusion 4, you should be particularly interested in this upgrade as this issue has been addressed. If you applied the workaround provided in Wacom tablets do not work properly after upgrading to Fusion 4 (2007106) previously, you will need to remove the workaround when upgrading to Fusion 4.1. This can be done by performing the steps in the KB article and removing the entry previously added to the configuration file. In other words, Fusion 4.1 does not need this work around, so you need to undo it.
It's been a few weeks since we uploaded our last video but we are happy to announce that we have just uploaded a new vSphere 5 related video for your viewing pleasure.
This video shows you how to install VMware vSphere 5 vCenter Server in its basic configuration. vCenter Server 5 is a part of vSphere 5 product family and is used to offer system administrators a centralized management solution for remotely managing ESX Servers.
Additional documentation for the VMware vSphere 5 product is available at:
Shavlik Technologies, a leading provider of easy-to-use, effective cloud-based IT management solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs), was recently acquired by VMware. Their products enable customers to manage both physical and virtual machines, deploy software, discover assets, simplify configuration, control power usage and ensure endpoint security.
With this acquisition, we have incorporated the existing Shavlik technical support documents into the VMware Knowledge Base (http://kb.vmware.com) Below you will find a listing of these documents in their new home. We're sure we'll be adding to this list as time progresses and the products mature.
We just stumbled across Stu McHugh's Tech Blog this morning and found this gem. It's one of those Top Ten style posts which are always popular, but this one is about support issues, and that is our bread and butter here at the Support Insider.
Stu recently attended VMworld in Copenhagen where he saw Eamon Ryan speak. which covered the top 10 Virtualization Support Issues today. I found this particularly useful as many of them covered upgrading to vSphere 5.0