VMware announced quite some updates today.
A summary of updates released and a link to their release notes:
- VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1
- VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 (for Windows)
- VMware vCenter Configuration Manager
- VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.4 Update 1
- vCloud Director 1.5.1
- VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1
- VMware vShield 5.0.1
- VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager 2.0.1
As you can see these updates fix quite some problems :-). Furthermore there are quite some new features added.
Newly added to ESXi 5.0:
- Support for new processors
- Support for additional guest operating systems
- Some new or upgraded device drivers
Newly added to vCenter 5.0 Update 1:
- Guest Operating System Customization Improvements: vCenter Server adds support for customization of the following guest operating systems:
- Windows 8
- Ubuntu 11.10
- Ubuntu 11.04
- Ubuntu 10.10
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
I don’t know why they added Ubuntu customization again but this is something I like very much since I am a big Ubuntu fan. Sadly there is no Debian support and I would love it if they added it, basicly there isn’t much difference between Ubuntu and Debian…
Newly added to vCloud Director 1.5.1:
- New platform support: vCloud now supports the new Update 1
- Firewall rules can be configured with CIDR blocks, IP ranges, and port ranges
- Added system notification for lost connection to AMQP host
- Enhanced cell management tool and log collection script
- Support for AES-256 encryption for VPN tunnels
- Increased the retention maximum for vCenter Chargeback history
Newly added to Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1:
- Forced failover, to allow you to recover virtual machines in cases where storage arrays fail at the protected site and, as a result, protected virtual machines are unmanageable and cannot be shut down, powered off, or unregistered.
- Added support for IP Customization of Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10, 11.04, and 11.10.
Newly added to vShield 5.0.1:
- Enhanced reporting and export options
- New REST API calls
- Improved audit logs
- Simplified troubleshooting
- Improved vShield App policy management
- vShield App High Availability enhancements
- Enablement of Autodeploy (Stateless ESXi)
Newly added to vCenter Configuration Manager:
Since this is a long list I suggest you read the release notes page.
Newly added to vCenter Chargeback Manager 2.0.1:
- Upgraded the Apache Tomcat server to version 6.0.35
- Enhancements to the vCloud Director Data Collector
- Enhancements to the VM Instance Cost job
Newly added to vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.4 Update 1:
- Support for vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1
- The ability to install vCenter Support Tools
A long list of new releases and new options. The “Resolved Issues” list is even longer ;-). It seems VMware had their hands full with the GA release on vSphere 5 and others a few months ago. Now we finally see the result and I must say: a job well done!
PS: always test updates first in a test environment before going live. There seems to be a problem with AutoStartManager as can be found in this discussion at the VMTN Communities.