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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Latest Updates

These are the changes or updates made to the Guest Operating System Installation Guide since it was last published:

  • Added VMware Workstation 6.5.2 release that includes this new guest support:
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Windows Vista” on page 45.
  • Asianux Server 3.0 Service Pack 1, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Asianux Server 3.0” on page 79.
  • OpenSUSE 11.1, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Open SUSE Linux 11.1” on page 214.
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop and Server, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Ubuntu 8.10” on page 271.
  • Ubuntu 8.04.2 Desktop and Server, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Ubuntu 8.04 LTS” on page 274.
  • Solaris 10, Update 6, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Solaris 10 Operating System for x86 Platforms” on page 345.
  • Added VMware ACE 2.5.2 release.
  • Added VMware Server 2.0.1 release that includes this new guest support:
  • Windows Server 2008 Essential Business Server and Small Business Server, Service Pack 1, 64-bit. See “Windows Server 2008” on page 41.
  • Windows Vista, Service Pack 1, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Windows Vista” on page 45.Windows XP, Service Pack 3, 32-bit. See “Windows XP” on page 57.
  • Windows 2003 Small Business Server Standard and Premium, Service Pack 2, 32-bit. See “Windows Server 2003” on page 50.
  • Asianux Server 3.0, Service Pack 1, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Asianux Server 3.0” on page 79.
  • CentOS 5.2, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “CentOS 5.0” on page 82.
  • CentOS 4.7, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “CentOS 4.0” on page 85.
  • Added VMware Server 1.0.9 release.
  • Added references to knowledge base article 1006224 that provides a solution for a blue screen that occurs using the LSILogic SCSI driver while installing these guest operating systems on ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 and earlier: “Windows Server 2008” on page 41, “Windows Vista” on page 45, “Windows Server 2003” on page 50, and “Windows XP” on page 57.

PDF: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/GuestOS_guide.pdf

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Great Improvements for Guest OS support are coming!

Hi folks,
My name is Luke Congdon and I am the
product manager at VMware for Guest Operating System support. I want to take
this opportunity to introduce myself, as well as preview some upcoming
changes to guest operating system support at VMware.
 
The operating system is a fundamental
computing building block that connects
hardware to the user and supports all manner of jobs and tasks; whether in a
virtual machine or on a physical
computer.
 Supporting operating systems is
the number one feature
of VMware platforms and the core function of what we do. I'd like to use this
blog to start a conversation between VMware users (you) and myself to discuss
operating system support needs, items of interest and OS-related topics. The
best market research is listening to existing and prospective customers. I plan
to periodically post topics of interest and/or surveys and encourage you
to share your
thoughts
.
 
In a few months, the
first big change you will notice is a transformation of how we present our
operating system compatibility data. Soon, you will see that we're publishing OS compatibility to an
online, searchable web interface,
co-located with hardware compatibility that is already searchable.
We are doing this to make operating
system compatibility searches easier and more flexible. No longer will you need
to download a 4.5MB PDF file when you only want to check support data for a
single OSIn addition, I'm excited to
announce that both host and guest OS support will now be listed for the majority of the products already covered in
the Guest Operating System Install Guide. An archived version of the
GOSIG PDF will remain available for older product support data if needed. Stay tuned!
 
Cheers,
Luke Congdon

Latest Updates

These are the changes or updates made to the Guest Operating System Installation Guide since it was last published:

  • Added support for ESX 3.5 Update 4 that includes this new guest support
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11” on page 183.
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11” on page 190.
    • Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition and Server Edition, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Ubuntu 8.10” on page 264.
    • Windows Preinstallation 2.0, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Windows Preinstallation Environment” on page 39.
  • Added new OSP support for Ubuntu 8.04.2 and 8.10 on ESX 3.5 Update 4.
    See “VMware Tools Operating System Specific Packages” on page 35,
    “Ubuntu 8.04 LTS” on page 267, and “Ubuntu 8.10” on page 264.
  • Added prebuilt kernel modules (PBMs) support for Ubuntu 8.04.2 on ESX 3.5 Update 4. See “Ubuntu 8.04 LTS” on page 267.
  • Added reference to instructions for building kernel modules manually for VMware Tools. See “SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11” on page 183, “SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11” on page 190, and “Ubuntu 8.04 LTS” on page 267.
  • Added reference about receiving an error message after installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 7.04 and later. See the known issues section for Ubuntu 7.04 guests and later.

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