The long awaited enterprise-class free product from VMware finally is shipping: Server 1.0 (build 28343).
This first release (something we could call formerly GSX Server 4.0) includes:
- 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 you can see with a surprising move at the last moment VMware re-introduced support for VirtualCenter centralized management and released VirtualCenter 1.4.
The virtualization.info Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.