Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Workstation 7 at Last!

This has been an exciting month with the release of Windows 7, the launch of Ares1-X (pending at time of writing), and the release of Workstation 7.  VMware announced earlier today the general availability of Workstation 7 and I personally can not wait (but will) to get my hands on it.  I have to plan this right though since the trial is for 30 days.  I think I have enough email addresses to last me until I get my VCP upgraded to v4 and hopefully a new Workstation 7 license.  I'm providing a collection of information on Workstation 7.  I hope it helps and if you think something should be added then please let me know.

Here's a few reasons to buy/upgrade Workstation 7
  • Full native support for ESX(i) 4 in Workstation - Recommendations
  • Support for Windows 7 including Aero feature*
  • 3D support - DirectX 9.0c, Shader Model 3, and OpenGL 2.13D
  • Driverless Printing
  • Pause the VM to quickly and temporarily free up resources for other VMs or applications.
  • Greater VM resource options
    • 4 virtual processors or virtual cores
    • 32GB Memory per VM
  • SmartCard support
  • 256-bit AES Encryption
  • Integration with Visual Studio, Eclipse, and the SpringSource Tool Suite
    (Hoping that eventually PowerShell Plus or some other PowerShell IDE will integrate)
  • More Guest OS Support
*Aero feature requires following hardware support

  • Intel Dual Core, 2.2GHz and above or AMD Athlon 4200+ and above
  • nVidia GeForce 8800GT and above or ATI Radeon HD 2600 and above
  • At least 3GB of host system memory

Purchase Info:
  • Buy for $189
  • Upgrade from Workstation 5.x or 6.x for $99
  • Free upgrade if you purchase Workstation 6.5 between October1, 2009 and November 30, 2009.
  • Pass VCP for free license.
Release Notes

Workstation 7 Documentation

Free Online Training from VMware

Workstation FAQ page

Duncan Epping beat me to a post on VMware Player 3.  Check his post out at http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2009/10/27/vmware-player-3-0/
Features are pretty comparable.

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