VMware Studio is a free development tool for authoring, updating and managing virtual appliances and vApps that are optimized for VMware product platforms.

  

What Studio Does

Application Authoring

Build vApps and virtual appliances that are compatible with VMware infrastructure, VMware vSphere 4.0, vSphere 4.1 and VMware vCloud Director.

Application Management

Use Studio's embedded in-guest management agent for standalone management through an enclosed web console.

Application Compatibility

Build both Linux-based (custom or standard Linux distributions) and Windows-based virtual appliances and vApps, running single- or multi-tier applications.

Virtual Appliance Validation

Validate appliances through the VMware Ready Virtual Appliance Program to ensure they’re in compliance with VMware best practices.

VMware Studio Community Blog

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VMware Studio Documentation

Download release notes, starter guides and more.

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FEATURES

VMware Studio transforms applications running on Linux or Windows into virtual machines or appliances that run on VMware vSphere or VMware vCloud Director. 

Virtual Appliance and vApp Authoring

Studio packages software applications into Linux-based vitual machines and Windows-based virtual appliances and vApps. It includes three interfaces for creating virtual appliances: a command-line interface typically used for automation, a web-based user interface and an Eclipse plug-in.

Virtual Appliance and vApp Management

Studio automatically inserts an in-guest management agent with a web console into the Windows-based virtual appliances and vApps it generates. It also provides pluggable management services for Linux-based appliances that can manage networking and system settings.

Application Compatibility

Studio increases the number of applications you can virtualize by building Linux-based virtual machines and Windows-based virtual appliances and vApps. You can author vApps on several operating system distributions, including Just enough Operating Systems (JeOS).

Virtual Appliance Validation

Studio gives you a simplified way to validate appliances through the VMware Ready Virtual Appliance Program. Studio addresses many criteria in the program's text matrix, which ensures all virtual appliances are in compliance with VMware's best practices for building virtual appliances.

RESOURCES

VMware Studio documentation will help you author, configure, deploy and customize virtual machines, vApps and virtual appliances. 

GETTING STARTED

Get started with VMware Studio by finding out the system requirements and supported product platforms, browsers and operating systems.

TECH SPECS

VMware Studio 2.6 System Requirements

Studio 2.6 requires one of the following virtualization products as a provisioning engine:

- VMware ESX/VMware ESXi 5.0, 4.1, 4.0 through VMware vCenter Server 5.0, 4.1, 4.0

- VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5 through VMware VirtualCenter 2.5

- VMware ESX/ESXi 5.0 or 4.1, 4.0

- VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5

- VMware vCloud Director 1.0

- VMware Workstation 7.1, 7.0 or 6.5.1

For updated system requirements, please review the VMware Studio 2.6 release notes

VMware Studio Supported Product Platforms

Virtual appliances and vApps created by Studio can run on these supported product platforms:

- VMware vCenter Server 5.0, 4.1, 4.0

- VMware VirtualCenter 2.5

- VMware ESX/ESXi 5.0, 4.1, 4.0

- VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5

- VMware vCloud Director 1.0

- VMware Workstation 7.1, 7.0 or 6.5.1

- VMware Player 3.1, 3.0 and 2.5

VMware Studio Supported Browsers

Studio 2.6 web console supports these browsers:

- Internet Explorer 8.0 and 7.0

- Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and 3.0

- Google Chrome 9.0 and 8.0

VMware Studio Supported Operating Systems

Studio supports virtual appliances and vApps on the following operating systems:

- CentOS 5.5 (32-bit and 64-bit)

- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 and 6.0 (32-bit and 64-bit)

- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10SP2 and 11 SP1(32-bit and 64-bit)

- Ubuntu 8.04.4 and 10.04.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)

- Windows 2003 R2 Server (32-bit and 64-bit) and 2008 R2 (64-bit)

- Custom Linux operating systems using the new operating system feature

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