Systems Engineering and RDBMS

VMWare Releases Workstation 6.0 Beta

Posted by decipherinfosys on February 27, 2007

VMWare recently released the 6.0 version of its Workstation virtualization solution. VMWare Workstation is intended as a single-user product, and is essentially an application installed on top of a Windows operating system.

New in Workstation 6.0

The big news with this latest release is that Workstation 6.0 supports Windows Vista as the host operating system. Previous versions of Workstation provided support for Vista virtual machines, but had to run on either a Windows 2000/2003/XP host operating system. Other features include support for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, dual-monitor capability, and support for USB 2.0 devices.

In addition to the above-mentioned features, Workstation 6.0 offers two other new features that will be of particular interest to developers:

Virtual Debugging– Workstation 6.0 now comes with virtual debugging capabilities, which integrates with development tools such as Visual Studio and Eclipse so that developers can deploy, test, and debug programs directly within the virtual machine.

VM Record/Play – This is an experimental feature offered in the 6.0 Beta release that allows users to record the activity and configuration changes within a virtual machine over a given period of time, which then allows you to accurately duplicate the operations and configuration of the virtual machine during the time of the recording. This will be an incredibly handy tool to help pinpoint when certain changes (good or bad) were made to the virtual machine.

VMWare Workstation 6.0 is available for download at: http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/ws/ , also be sure to review the release notes and documentation of this interesting new release.

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