VMware
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

previous Prev   Contents   Last   Next next

What's New

What's New

Whether you're an experienced user of VMware GSX Server or a novice user who is just learning what you can do with virtual machines, the new features in VMware GSX Server 2.5.2 extend its capabilities and make it easier to use. Here are some highlights of the many new and improved features in this release.

If you're new to VMware GSX Server, you can review host operating system requirements, virtual machine specifications and a list of supported guest operating systems in the Introduction and System Requirements.

What's New in GSX Server 2.5.2

  • Updated OpenSSL to fix vulnerabilities.

Critical Bug Fixes in GSX Server 2.5.2

For more information see VMware Knowledge Base article 1256 at www.vmware.com/support/kb/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1256.

What's New in GSX Server 2.5.1 Patch 1

What's New in GSX Server 2.5.1 Patch 1

  • Support for Red Hat Linux 9.0 upgrade 2.4.20-18, 2.4.20-6 and 2.4.20-13 kernels.

Critical Bug Fixes in GSX Server 2.5.1 Patch 1

Critical Bug Fixes in GSX Server 2.5.1 Patch 1

  • Fix for a vulnerability on Linux systems that can allow a user of the host system to start an arbitrary program with root privileges. This vulnerability has been posted to the BugTraq mailing list (www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/330184) and submitted to CERT. For more information see VMware Knowledge Base article 1039 at www.vmware.com/support/kb/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1039.

  • Continued security enhancement bug fixes on Windows and Linux hosts.

  • Fix for GSX Server crash after shrinking a virtual disk.

What's New in GSX Server 2.5.1

What's New in GSX Server 2.5.1 (Build 5336, 7/29/2003)

  • Improved reliability of Linux guest installations.

  • Improved security, including:

    • Upgrade to OpenSSL 0.9.7b.

      GSX Server 2.0 and 2.5.0 use OpenSSL to authenticate and encrypt remote management sessions. Vulnerabilities in the version of the OpenSSL version used by these releases to timing-based man-in-the-middle attacks were reported by OpenSSL.org on February 19, 2003 at www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20030219.txt.

      OpenSSL 0.9.7b closes the vulnerabilities to timing-based attacks.

    • SSL used by default for remote management on Linux hosts.
    • Upgrade to Samba 2.2.8.

      Security vulnerabilities have been reported in Samba 2.0.x through 2.2.7a. GSX Server for Linux hosts has been upgraded to Samba 2.2.8, which corrects the issue. See www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/298233 for details.

    • Upgrade to Apache 1.3.27.

      This version fixes vulnerabilities listed at www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement.html.

  • New host and guest operating system support, including:

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 host and guest operating system support.
    • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 host and guest operating system support.
    • Mandrake Linux 9.1 host and guest operating system support.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES and WS host and guest operating system support.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS host operating system support with updated kernel.
    • Red Hat Linux 9.0 host and guest operating system support.
    • Red Hat Linux 8.0 update kernel host and guest operating system support. This kernel includes a security patch; for more information, see cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=can-2003-0127.
    • Red Hat Linux 7.x update kernel host and guest operating system support.
    • SuSE Linux 8.2 host and guest operating system support.
    • SuSE Linux 8.1 update kernel host and guest operating system support. This kernel includes a security patch; for more information, see cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=can-2003-0127.
    • NetWare 6.5 guest operating system support, including VMware Tools.
Critical Bug Fixes in Version 2.5.1

Critical Bug Fixes in Version 2.5.1

  • Fixes for host resets that may have occurred while running VMware GSX Server on IBM x440 series machines and hosts with more than 3GB of memory.

  • Fix for vmxnet networking failure after a soft reboot of the guest operating system. In order to take advantage of the fix, you must reinstall VMware Tools in any Windows guest operating system that uses the vmxnet driver. To reinstall VMware Tools, see Installing VMware Tools in a Windows Virtual Machine.

  • Windows 2000 guest operating systems using the vmxnet network driver are able to join the domain.

  • Fixes for running on Stratus ftServer hardware.

What's New in GSX Server 2.5

What's New in GSX Server 2.5 (Build 3986, 1/31/2003)

  • New and faster VMware Management Interface, now with online help. For more information, see Using the VMware Management Interface.

  • Signed Windows networking drivers.

  • Improved performance.

    • High-performance vmxnet virtual network adapter allows for faster networking performance for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000 guest operating systems. For more information, see Choosing the Network Driver for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000 Guest Operating Systems.
    • Improved SCSI disk performance and boot time for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000 guest operating systems after you install VMware Tools.
    • Create plain disks — virtual disks where you allocate all of the disk's capacity at creation time for faster disk performance — in the New Virtual Machine Wizard and the Add Hardware Wizard on a Windows host. For more information, see Adding Plain Disks to a Virtual Machine.
  • Improved clustering support. For more information, see Using SCSI Reservation to Share SCSI Disks With Virtual Machines.

    • Support for 2 virtual SCSI controllers, doubling the number of SCSI devices available in a virtual machine to 14.
    • Plain disks of up to 128GB in size can be created for faster disk performance and for use in clustered server environments. Plain disks can now be created in the New Virtual Machine Wizard and the Add Hardware Wizard on a Windows host.
  • New host and guest operating system support, including:

    • NetWare 6.0, 5.1 and 4.2 guest operating system support, including VMware Tools.
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 host and guest operating system support.
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server host operating system support.
    • Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 host and guest operating system support.
    • Windows XP Service Pack 1 guest operating system support.
    • Mandrake Linux 9.0 host and guest operating system support.
    • Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 host and guest operating system support.
    • Red Hat Linux 8.0 host and guest operating system support.
    • Red Hat Linux 2.4.18-5 kernel update to Red Hat Linux 7.x and 8.x.
    • SuSE SLES 8 host and guest operating system support.
    • SuSE Linux 8.1 host and guest operating system support.
  • Support for larger servers:

    • Up to 64GB host memory support.
    • Up to 32 host processors.
    • Up to 64 running virtual machines on a single VMware GSX Server host.
  • Support for PAE-enabled guest operating systems.

  • Ability to run a virtual machine from DVD-ROM or CD-ROM. There is no need to copy large virtual disk files from the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM to the VMware GSX Server host. For more information, see Running Virtual Machines from DVD-ROM or CD-ROM Discs.

  • Two-way compatibility when the VMware Remote Console 2.x version differs from the GSX Server 2.x host version; version 2.0 remote consoles can connect to GSX Server 2.5 hosts and version 2.5 remote consoles can connect to GSX Server 2.0 hosts.

  • Windows host system-wide configuration settings, including global values for virtual machine memory limits, temp directory location and time synchronization. These settings apply to all virtual machines on a host.

Critical Bug Fixes in Version 2.5

Critical Bug Fixes in Version 2.5

  • On systems with fast CPUs, a message that stated the CPU is not recognized by VMware GSX Server no longer appears.

  • CGI errors no longer appear when connecting to a Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP host with the VMware Management Interface.

  • On a Windows Server 2003 host, resuming a guest operating system with a PAE-enabled kernel no longer returns an internal monitor error.

  • On Windows hosts, old VMware network driver files have been removed from the WINNT\system32\Drivers directory.

  • Ability to launch multiple local consoles on a Linux host has been fixed.

  • The VMware Remote Console on a Linux host no longer fails when you set options to automatically power on and off options the virtual machine.

  • The installation for a Windows Server 2003 guest operating system no longer hangs.

  • Ability to run a Windows Server 2003 guest operating system with more than 256MB of memory.

  • When partitioning the virtual disk with a command line disk partitioning tool, the virtual machine no longer crashes with a triple fault error.

  • The redo log directory for virtual disks in nonpersistent mode is removed when you reset the virtual machine.

  • Linux guest operating systems no longer hang when executing on call instructions.

  • The issue with enabling memory limits is fixed. To enable memory limits, see Setting Memory Preferences.

previous Prev   Contents   Last   Next next