VMware Workstation 5.5 beta 2 available to wide audience

In my last post about Workstation 5.5 I mentioned 3 cool new features coming:

  • Full support for 64-bit host and guest OSes
  • Experimental support for 2-ways Virtual SMP
  • Convertless support for Microsoft VMs

Now VMware opened the new beta build 16325 to everybody and I can talk about the enhanced features and the main new ones:

  • Experimental 2-ways Virtual SMP confirmed for any dual-core CPU
    (in this case VMware doesn’t warn about any performance degradation, as they did for HyperThreading CPUs)
  • The Virtual Machine Importer is now integrated with VMware Workstation and can import also Symantec LiveState and Ghost images
  • Snapshot can now be created and managed by command line interface
    (this means we can start producing backup scripts easily)
  • Virtual hardware autodetection is now extended to floppy, sound adapter, parallel and serial port

You can read other release notes here: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/releasenotes_ws55.html