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  • Free VMware Server 1.0 released

    Up until this point, the FREE version of VMware server offered for download was in Beta. Now, VMware Server 1.0 has been officially released. It is an excellent product and has a number of more advanced features than Microsoft's Virtual Server does.

    You can download VMware Server 1.0 from this link, for free:
    http://www.vmware.com/download/server/

    Happy Virtualizing!

    David
    David Davis - Petri Forums Moderator & Video Training Author
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    Re: Free VMware Server 1.0 released

    Hi David, could you post a few of those differences and advantages here?
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    • #3
      Re: Free VMware Server 1.0 released

      Here are the "NEW FEATURES" in VMware Server 1.0 when compared to the Beta versions:

      VMware Server 1.0 includes: Support for 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems
      * Full support for SUSE Linux 10.1 as host and guest operating systems.
      * Full support for 32-bit Ubuntu 6.x as host and guest operating systems.
      * Full support for 32-bit Sun Solaris 10.x as guest operating systems.
      * Full support for 32-bit and 64-bit FreeBSD 6.0 as guest operating systems.
      * Experimental support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 Update 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 4.
      * Experimental support for 64-bit Ubuntu 6.x as host and guest operating systems.
      * Experimental support for 64-bit Sun Solaris 10.x as guest operating systems.
      * Experimental support for 32-bit and 64-bit FreeBSD 6.0 as guest operating systems.
      * Experimental support for SUSE Linux 10.1 as host and guest operating systems.
      * Support for all guest operating systems supported by WorkStation 5.5.
      * Support for all host operating systems supported by VMware Server GSX 3.2.

      New Key Features

      * Support for taking and reverting to snapshots in the background.
      * Experimental support for two-way Virtual Symmetric Multiprocessing (Virtual SMP). This lets you assign two virtual processors to a virtual machine on any host machine that has at least two logical processors.
      * Support for using and upgrading legacy virtual machines.
      * Ability to configure virtual hardware devices, including serial and parallel ports, DVD/CD-ROM drives, floppy drives, and sound drivers (Linux only) to be automatically detected.

      Other VMware Products Supported by VMware Server

      * Support for using the VMware Server Console to connect to and configure VMware GSX Server 3 hosts as well as to run virtual machines on VMware GSX Server 3 hosts.
      * Support for VirtualCenter version 1.4 to manage virtual machines running on VMware Server.
      * Support for VMware Virtual Machine Importer version 1.5 to import virtual machines from Microsoft Virtual Server and Virtual PC as well as Symantec LiveState recovery system images.
      * Support for VMware DiskMount Utility to mount a Microsoft Windows host file system as a separate drive without connecting to the virtual disk from within a virtual machine.
      As far as the differences between VMware and Virtual Server, I think we did a good job of comparing VMware vs Virtual Server in this thread:
      http://forums.petri.com/showthread.php?t=7834

      VMware's official answer as to how the Server compares to other virtualization products is here:
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      Q: How does the functionality of the free VMware Server compare to the functionality of server virtualization products offered by other vendors?

      A: VMware Server is superior and a better value than server virtualization products from other vendors. VMware Server features include:

      * Runs on any standard x86 hardware
      * Supports 64-bit guest operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Solaris
      * Supports VMware VirtualCenter to efficiently provision, monitor and manage infrastructure from a central management console
      * Supports two-processor Virtual SMP, enabling a single virtual machine to span multiple physical processors
      * Runs on a wider variety of Linux and Windows host and guest operating systems than any server virtualization product on the market
      * Captures entire state of a virtual machine and rolls back at any time with the click of a single button
      * Installs like an application, with quick and easy, wizard-driven installation
      * Quick and easy, wizard-driven virtual machine creation
      * Opens VMware or Microsoft virtual machine format and Symantec LiveState Recovery images with VM Importer
      David Davis - Petri Forums Moderator & Video Training Author
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      • #4
        Re: Free VMware Server 1.0 released

        Silly question but could I use a powerful 32-bit host machine to install and emulate a 64-bit machine?
        Cheers,

        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
        MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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        • #5
          Re: Free VMware Server 1.0 released

          Hi Daniel,

          I have not tried this myself so I'm not sure the answer but it looks like this VMware knowledgebase article (below) answers that question.

          It appears that, officially, they don't recommend it but it appears that, theoretically, it can be done if you are willing to accept the possibility of "unacceptable performance degradation" (as they call it).

          Good question!

          Anyone else?

          David

          http://kb.vmware.com/vmtnkb/search.d...eId=SAL_Public

          Hardware Requirements for 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems
          Details

          I want to use Workstation or VMware Server to run virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems. What are the hardware requirements for the host machine?
          Solution


          VMware's virtual machine monitor has traditionally used segmentation to provide isolation between the guest operating system and the virtual machine monitor. This is necessary because the guest operating system and virtual machine monitor share the linear address space.

          AMD
          Segmentation support is missing from the initial AMD64 processors (that is, revision C and earlier) while running in long mode. As a result, AMD64 processors prior to revision D do not have an efficient mechanism for isolating the virtual machine monitor from 64-bit guest operating systems.

          A limited form of segmentation was reintroduced in long mode, in revision D AMD64 processors. As a result, AMD64 processors must be revision D or later to run 64-bit guest operating systems.

          Note: Because AMD Opteron and Turion processors do not ship in revision D, AMD Opteron and Turion 64 processors must be revision E or later to run 64-bit guest operating systems.

          Intel
          Intel EM64T CPUs do not have segmentation support in long mode. If the Intel EM64T CPU is VT-capable, it comes with hardware virtualization support (Intel's Vanderpool Technology). This hardware virtualization support allows Workstation and VMware Server to work around the lack of segmentation, making it possible to run 64-bit guest operating systems on Intel EM64T VT-capable CPUs.

          32-Bit CPUs
          Please note that Workstation and VMware Server require a 64-bit CPU to run a 64-bit guest operating system. While it is theoretically possible to emulate a 64-bit instruction set on 32-bit hardware, doing so most likely results in unacceptable performance degradation.

          VMware distributes a free utility that can be used to determine whether or not your CPU is suitable for running 64-bit guest operating systems. You can download this utility from the VMware Web site at www.vmware.com/download/ws/#utilities. VMware Server includes this utility in its product distribution, so you don't need to download an additional tool.

          Workstation 5.5 and VMware Server 1.0 support virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems only on host machines that have one of the supported 64-bit processors:

          * AMD Athlon 64, revision D or later
          * AMD Opteron, revision E or later
          * AMD Turion 64, revision E or later
          * AMD Sempron, 64-bit-capable revision D or later (experimental support)
          * Intel EM64T VT-capable processors (experimental support)

          Note: In shopping for a processor that is compatible with Workstation 5.5 or VMware Server 1.0 64-bit guests, you may be unable to determine the revision numbers of a given vendor's offering of AMD Athlon 64, Opteron, Turion 64, or Sempron processors. At this time, the only reliable way to determine whether or not any of these processors is a revision supported by VMware software is by noting the manufacturing technology (CMOS). Any of the AMD Athlon 64, Opteron, Turion 64, or Sempron processors whose manufacturing technology is 90nm SOI (.09 micron SOI) is compatible with Workstation 5.5 or VMware Server 1.0 64-bit guests. Using this information, you should be able to determine with the help of your vendor, or from the AMD Web site ( http://www.amd.com ) whether a particular Athlon 64 or Opteron processor model is compatible with Workstation 5.5 or VMware Server 1.0 64-bit guests.
          Product Versions

          VMware
          VMware Workstation 5.5.x (Windows hosts)
          VMware Workstation 5.5.x (Linux hosts)
          VMware Player 1.0.x (Windows Hosts)
          VMware Server 1.0.x (Windows Hosts)
          VMware Server 1.0.x (Linux Hosts)
          VMware Player 1.0.x (Linux Hosts)
          David Davis - Petri Forums Moderator & Video Training Author
          Train Signal - The Global Leader in IT Video Training
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