Author, configure, deploy and customize virtual machines, vApps and virtual appliances that can be deployed on VMware vSphere, or vCloud Director with VMware Studio. VMware Studio supports packaging and distribution of virtual machines, vApps and virtual appliances in the industry standard Open Virtualization Format (OVF) format. OVF enhances customers' experience with virtualization, with more portability, platform independence, verification, signing, versioning and integrated licensing terms.
Studio is designed to be used by ISVs, developers, IT professionals and members of the virtualization community. It is a free product and is available as a virtual appliance.
VMware Studio Features
- Build vApps and virtual appliances (with in-guest OS and application components) compatible with VMware Infrastructure, VMware vSphere 4.0, vSphere 4.1 and vCloud Director
- Support for OVF 1.0 and 0.9
- Signed OVF support
- VMware ESX Server, VMware ESXi, VMware Server, VMware vCenter Server, VMware Workstation, vCloud Director enabled as provisioning engines. For version details, see System Requirements.
- Infrastructure enhancements in the GUI and builds
- Single appliance image that runs on multiple VMware platforms - VMware ESX Server, VMware Server, VMware vCenter Server, VMware Workstation
- Support for single VM and Multi VM (vApp) Virtual Appliance
- Build Virtual Appliance from existing VMs
- Generate VMX and OVF packages
- Use a web interface,
Eclipse plug-in or a command line interface
- Eclipse plugin enables packaging your apps for appliance deployment
- Customize the virtual appliance or vApp by bundling the logo, EULA, first-boot script and user management capabilities
- Localized EULA support
- Extensible in guest framework for ISVs to add their own services
- Bundle a set of VMware tools during the build process enabling better communication between VMware virtualization platforms and the virtual appliance or vApp
- Perform content verification and integrity checks
- Support for 32 and 64 bit Windows 2003 and 2008 Server. See System Requirements for supported Operating Systems
- Build update repositories in your virtual appliance and vApps that are made externally visible to end customers.
- Periodically publish critical updates to deployed virtual appliances and vApps
- Web console with quick start templates
- Extensible in-guest management framework
- Automated deployment through the OVF tool
- VMware Studio directly installs an embedded in-guest management agent built on a Common Information Model (CIM) Broker and CIM Provider. For more information on CIM standards, see www.dmtf.org/standards/cim/.
- The CIM Broker and Provider enable stand-alone management through an enclosed web console
- Change network settings, check for and install updates, and change update settings to enable automatic installation of updates
- Cohesively integrate with third-party system management tools at the customer's site
- Automatic Dependency Resolution
- Build appliance with not only a standard Linux, but a custom in-house Linux operating system as well