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Announcement: VMware(R) ESX Server(TM) Version 2.5 and VMware VirtualCenter Version 1.2 are now available

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We strongly encourage all users to review the release notes and upgrade when convenient.

ESX Server 2.5 improves upon ESX Server 2.1.x, and includes the following:

  • Boot directly from storage area networks (SANs)
  • Expanded virtual machine storage options using Raw Device Mappings (RDMs)
  • Added support for scripted ESX Server installations
  • Added support for creating disaster recovery backups of virtual machines
  • Expanded ESX Server hardware support
  • Expanded ESX Server guest operating system support
  • Experimental Common Information Model (CIM)-compliant API and object Model for virtual machines and related storage devices
  • Resolved issues & bug fixes
  • Documentation updates

Additional information can be found in the ESX Server 2.5 release notes:

VirtualCenter 1.2 improves upon VirtualCenter 1.1.1, and includes the following:

  • Additional support for the ESX Server 2.5 release
  • Expanded support for configuration and migration of virtual machines using (RDMs)
  • Enhanced reporting and data export capabilities
  • New features in the Web service SDK including GSX Server(TM) support
  • Extra logging for security auditing
  • Additional performance improvements
  • Updated SNMP support
  • Resolved issues & bug fixes
  • Documentation updates

Additional information can be found in the VirtualCenter 1.2 release notes:
http://www.vmware.com/releasenotes_vc

These are no-cost updates to ESX Server and/or VirtualCenter Support and Subscription (SnS) contract holders.

The new ESX Server binaries can be downloaded from:
http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/newstore/download.jsp?ProductCode=ESX

The new VirtualCenter binaries can be downloaded from:
http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/newstore/download.jsp?ProductCode=VC1

We hope you enjoy the latest updates to ESX Server and VirtualCenter.

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