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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Latest Updates

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

  • Added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8, Advanced Server, Enterprise Server, and Workstation, 32-bit and 64-bit, on ESX 2.5.5 (32-bit only), 3.0.2, 3.0.3, 3.5 Update 4, and 4.0. See “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4” on page 170.

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

HTML: http://pubs.vmware.com/guestnotes/

Latest Updates

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

  • Added support for 32-bit and 64-bit Solaris 10 Update 7 on ESX 4.0. See “Solaris 10 Operating System for x86 Platforms” on page 398.

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

HTML: http://pubs.vmware.com/guestnotes/

vSphere 4.0 is now supporting over a dozen new operating systems!

VMware vSphere 4.0,
our latest major release, was just announced GA (generally available) today. With this release, we're happy to bring you support
for many often-requested operating systems; both legacy and cutting-edge.

Among these are
server and desktop operating systems; covering a range of Windows, Linux, BSD,
Unix and others. Up-to-date installation instructions are included for all new
OSes. In addition, several other operating system updates
have been added. The Guest OS Install Guide also includes support details for additional guest
features; many of which are new for ESX 4.0.
See the latest update below for a detailed list.

Lastly, take a look at how we stack up against Hyper-V and XenServer with guest support over two times as broad!

 
Cheers,
Luke

Latest Updates

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

  • Added support for 32-bit and 64-bit Solaris 10 Update 7 on ESX 3.0.2, 3.0.3, and 3.5 Update 4. See “Solaris 10 Operating System for x86 Platforms” on page 400.

Added ESX 4.0 Release

New Support

  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate, 32-bit and 64-bit. (experimental) See “Windows 7” on page 54.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition, R2 Datacenter Edition, R2 Enterprise Edition, R2 Essential R2 Business Server Standard, R2 Essential Business Server Premium, R2 Small Business Server Standard, and R2 Small Business Server Premium, 64-bit. (experimental) See “Windows Server 2008” on page 60.
  • Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition, 32-bit. See “Windows 98” on page 92.
  • Windows 95 and Windows 95 Service Pack 1, and these OEM Service Releases: OSR1, OSR2, OSR2.1, and OSR2.5, 32-bit. See “Windows 95” on page 94.
  • Windows 3.1, 32-bit. See “MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1x” on page 98.
  • MS-DOS 6.22, 16-bit. See “MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1x” on page 98.
  • Asianux 3.0 Server and Asianux 3.0 Server, Service Pack 1, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Asianux Server 3.0” on page 100.
  • CentOS 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “CentOS 4.0” on page 107.
  • Debian 5.0, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Debian 5.0” on page 110.
  • Debian 4.0 r3, r4, r5, and r6, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Debian 4.0” on page 112.
  • IBM OS/2 Warp 4.5.2, 32-bit. See “IBM OS/2 Warp 4.5.2” on page 115.
  • IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0, 32-bit. See “IBM OS/2 4.0” on page 117.
  • SCO OpenServer 5.0.6 and 5.0.7-MP5, 32-bit. See “SCO OpenServer 5.0” on page 222.
  • SCO UnixWare 7.1.1-MP5 and 7.1.4-MP4, 32-bit. See “SCO UnixWare 7” on page 226.
  • FreeBSD 6.4, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “FreeBSD 6.4” on page 345.
  • FreeBSD 6.3, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “FreeBSD 6.3” on page 348.
  • FreeBSD 7.0, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “FreeBSD 7.0” on page 343.
  • FreeBSD 7.1, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “FreeBSD 7.1” on page 340.
  • Solaris 9, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, and Update 8, 32-bit. (experimental) See “Solaris 9 Operating System x86 Platform Edition” on page 406.
  • Solaris 8, 06/00, 10/00, 01/01, 04/01, 07/01, 10/01, and 02/02, 32-bit (experimental). See “Solaris 8 Operating System x86 Platform Edition” on page 409.

Update Support

  • Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.1, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Windows Preinstallation Environment” on page 56.
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 on Web Server, Enterprise, Standard, and Datacenter, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Windows Server 2008” on page 60.
  • Windows Vista, Service Pack 2 on Enterprise, Business, Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Windows Vista” on page 65.
  • Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2, 32-bit. See “Windows XP” on page 77.
  • Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 3, 32-bit. See “Windows 2000” on page 83.
  • CentOS 5.0 and 5.1, 32-bit and 64-bit.(CentOS 5.2 and 5.3 already supported by ESX) See “CentOS 5.0” on page 103.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8, Advanced Server, Enterprise Server, and Workstation, 32-bit and 64-bit. See “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4” on page 172.

Additional Support

  • Paravirtualized SCSI (pvscsi) storage adapter support for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
  • vmxnet3 network adapter support – Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, CentOS 5 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu 7.10, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, Ubuntu 8.10, Asianux Server 3, Debian 5.0, Debian 4.0, Solaris 10 Update 4 through Update 7.
  • Hot Add Memory, Hot Add CPU, and Hot Plug Device support.
  • Operating System Specific Packages (OSP) support for CentOS 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7, CentOS 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.
  • VMI support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.
  • IPv6 support.

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

HTML: http://pubs.vmware.com/guestnotes/

Latest Updates

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

  • Added support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 on ESX 3.5 Update 4. See “Windows Server 2008” on page 41.
  • Added support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista Service Pack 2 on ESX 3.5 Update 4. See “Windows Vista” on page 45.
  • Added PBM support to ESX 3.0.3 on Ubuntu 8.04.2. See “Ubuntu 8.04 LTS” on page 274.

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

HTML: http://pubs.vmware.com/guestnotes/

Recent changes, updates and upcoming guest support for vSphere 4.0

Hi folks,
 
You may have noticed a format change to the Guest OS Install Guide blog. We recently
made some small improvements by adding useful new links and implementing a cleaner format to the sidebar presentation. The sidebar
now includes 
easy navigation to the Web Compatibility Guide, an RSS
feed option, and OSP VMware Tools documentation.
 
Searchable operating system support
 
We are getting closer to launching the searchable, Web Compatibility Guide interface
that was previously announced. This has
been in development for a while and we're excited about its upcoming availability.
 Here is just a
sampling 
of the benefits you can expect to find:
 

  • Dynamic, online,
    easy-to-use query interface

  • Guest and Host Operating System
    compatibility data

  • Additional OS support details such as SMP, supported NICs and storage
    adapters

  • On-demand and configurable PDF data generation

 
VMware vSphere 4.0
 
In addition to all the great things you have heard about the next ESX releasethe blog will soon announce some exciting guest operating system support details.
 

  • Over a dozen new supported operating system families for
    ESX 

  • Many more updates to currently
    supported operating systems

  • New up-to-date
    installation instructions for new
    supported guests

 
So stay tuned. As soon as vSphere 4.0 goes
live, the blog will announce all changes
to operating system support in detail!
 
Cheers,
Luke