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VMware vCenter Configuration Manager version 5.3 is now available.

vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM) automates configuration management across virtual and physical servers and desktops. It allows enterprises to maintain continuous compliance by detecting changes and comparing them to configuration and security policies such as PCI DSS. vCM remediates problems and automates and optimizes server provisioning for complete virtualized datacenter control. vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM) is one of the Ionix products that VMware acquired few months ago.

With vCenter Configuration Manager 5.3, VMware introduces several new features including:

  • Application provisioning (Windows software packaging, installation and removal)
  • Enhanced vSphere Client plug-in with vCM actions and enhanced dashboards
  • Windows custom information:  an extensible mechanism for Data Inspection for Windows and vCenter using PowerShell.
  • Extended platform support for Novell SUSE and VMware vSphere/vCenter
  • Automated remediation of UNIX/Linux/Mac OS X file/directory ownership and permissions configuration issues using vCM powerful compliance engine.

In addition to the new features noted above, vCM and its add-on modules and tools have all been renamed and rebranded (as appropriate) as part of the vCenter product line.  This release represents the first step forward in deeper integration into the vCenter product family.

This newest version is
available to customers on the VMware website:
vCenter Configuration Manager Download  from where they have access to additional
productivity tools on the Drivers and Tools tab. The
Release
Notes and Documentation is posted at
vCenter Configuration Manager Documentation .