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What's New in Version 3
Whether you're a long-time power user of VMware GSX Server or a new user who is just learning what you can do with virtual machines, the new features in VMware GSX Server 3 extend its capabilities and make it easier to use.
New in Version 3.2.1 (Release Build 19281, 12/20/2005)
The following update is provided in VMware GSX Server 3.2.1:
Update to Fix Security Vulnerability in NAT Networking
This release addresses a security vulnerability that has been discovered in VMware GSX Server. VMware believes that the vulnerability is very serious, and recommends that users install the VMware GSX Server 3.2.1 update or disable NAT networking. For more information, see the following Knowledge Base articles:
Features in Version 3.2 (Release Build 14497, 7/1/2005)
Here are some highlights of key features to explore in VMware GSX Server 3.2:
New Operating System Support
VMware GSX Server 3.2 adds full support for the following 64-bit host operating systems on AMD64 and Intel® EM64T processors:
VMware GSX Server 3.2 adds experimental support for the following 64-bit host operating systems on AMD64 and Intel EM64T processors:
VMware GSX Server 3.2 adds support for the following 32-bit host and guest operating systems:
Support for Clustering with the iSCSI Protocol
Using the iSCSI protocol allows you to set up a clustering environment across hosts. For more information, see .
Dual-Core Processor Licensing Compatibility
The two processor version of GSX Server now supports systems with two dual-core processors.
Critical Bugs Fixed in GSX Server 3.2
Bugs fixed in this release include:
Failed to create DirectInput object-HRESULT(0x80004001:sev 1 fac 0 code 16385]:
Unknown error 16385(0x4001)
Features in Version 3.1 (Release Build 9089, 6/30/2004)
Here are some highlights of key features to explore in VMware GSX Server 3.1:
Manage Virtual Disks with VMware Virtual Disk Manager
Create, manage and modify virtual disk files from the command line or within scripts with the VMware Virtual Disk Manager utility. For more information, see Using VMware Virtual Disk Manager.
New Operating System Support
Get the freedom to choose the operating systems and applications that work best for you. VMware GSX Server 3.1 provides experimental support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-Bit Extended Systems (beta), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0 on hosts with 64-bit processors.
Experimental guest operating system support is provided for Solaris 9 and 10 Operating System x86 Platform Edition.
GSX Server 3.1 is enabled for management by VMware VirtualCenter. You can use VirtualCenter to manage and provision virtual machines on multiple GSX Server hosts, then migrate the virtual machines between other GSX Server and ESX Server systems under VirtualCenter management.
GSX Server 3.1 Secured with OpenSSL 0.9.7d
GSX Server 3.1 incorporates the updated version of OpenSSL. OpenSSL 0.9.7d corrects various security vulnerabilities.
Critical Bugs Fixed in GSX Server 3.1
Bugs fixed in this release include:
Features in Version 3 (Build 7592, 3/11/2004)
Here are some highlights of key features to explore in VMware GSX Server 3:
GSX Server 3 Security Update: OpenSSL 0.9.7d Patches
Patches are available for GSX Server 3 that update the version of OpenSSL used in the product. The newer version of OpenSSL corrects security vulnerabilities and is posted on the GSX Server Security Updates Web page at www.vmware.com/download/gsx_security.html.
GSX Server 3 users are strongly urged to download and install these patches.
Enhanced Virtual Machine User Access Control
On Windows hosts, a virtual machine runs as a user. You can specify the particular user or let the virtual machine run as the user who powers it on. For more information, see Authenticating Users and Running Virtual Machines on a GSX Server for Windows Host.
Improved Security for Remote Connections
SSL is enabled by default for remote connections with the VMware Virtual Machine Console and the VMware Management Interface.
GSX Server 3 is enabled for management by an upcoming release of VMware VirtualCenter. You will be able to use VirtualCenter to manage and provision virtual machines on multiple GSX Server hosts, then migrate the virtual machines between other GSX Server and ESX Server systems under VirtualCenter management.
New VMware Virtual Machine Console
Connect to and manage virtual machines with the VMware Virtual Machine Console, which combines the best abilities of the local and remote consoles in one application. Create and configure virtual machines locally and remotely. Connect to virtual machines from the local server or remote client at the same time, while other consoles are already connected. Run virtual machines in full screen mode locally and remotely.
The console interface is completely updated. You can run multiple virtual machines in the same window and switch from one to another using the new quick switch mode. The console menus have been streamlined. The console requires less network bandwidth over remote connections than the older console did.
For details, see Running Virtual Machines.
Take Snapshots of Your Virtual Machines
You can take a snapshot of your virtual machine's state, a point-in-time copy of the running system state, that is saved to disk. You can revert to that snapshot at any time making it easier to do challenging tasks like upgrading guest operating systems. Take a snapshot, upgrade the operating system, and if something goes wrong, revert back to the snapshot. Or use the snapshot as a starting point for a sales demonstration.
See Taking Snapshots for details.
Automatically Install GSX Server on Windows Hosts and VMware Tools in Windows Guests
We've improved the installers for Windows hosts and for VMware Tools in Windows guest operating systems. GSX Server for Windows hosts and VMware Tools for Windows guests use the Microsoft Windows Installer runtime engine, which allows you to automate the installation of GSX Server on a Windows host and VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine. For information, see Automating the Installation of GSX Server and Automating the Installation of VMware Tools in a Windows Guest.
With the Microsoft Windows Installer runtime engine, you can pick and choose the features you want to install.
Automatically Start and Stop Virtual Machines When the Host Starts and Stops
You can configure virtual machines to automatically power on when the GSX Server host starts or automatically power off when the GSX Server host shuts down. For more information, see Powering Virtual Machines On and Off When the Host Starts and Shuts Down.
Connect to Older Virtual Machines and Older GSX Server Hosts
You can connect to older GSX Server hosts with consoles and run virtual machines from older versions of VMware products. For information, see Connecting to Older GSX Server and ESX Server Systems and Older Virtual Machines.
Improved VMware Management Interface
Managing virtual machines and the GSX Server host from a Web browser just got better. You can configure more host and virtual machine features, including virtual machine hardware, configuration options and SSL connections. For more information, see Using the VMware Management Interface.
Log GSX Server Events on Windows Hosts
GSX Server sends information about certain events that occur in the application on Windows hosts to the Windows Event Viewer. For details, see Logging GSX Server Events on Windows.
Improved Virtual Disk and Networking Performance
Experience 10 to 20% improvement in virtual disk and networking performance.
Monitor Virtual Machine Performance on Windows Hosts
Use GSX Server specific counters with the Windows Performance console (PerfMon) to monitor the performance of running virtual machines on Windows hosts. For details, see Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance.
More Memory for Your Virtual Machines
Allocate up to 3600MB of memory to each virtual machine to run large server applications. For more information, see Allocating Memory to a Virtual Machine.
Easier Sharing of Virtual Machines with Latest VMware Products
Virtual machines created with GSX Server 3 are compatible with VMware Workstation 4 and ESX Server 2 for easier migrating and sharing of virtual machines.
New LSI Logic Virtual SCSI Adapter for Guest Operating Systems
The LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter is included when you install Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 or NetWare guests.
Boot virtual machines over your network and install guest operating systems from a PXE server. For more information, see Using PXE with Virtual Machines.
Easier Virtual Networking Configuration
On Windows hosts, use the Virtual Network Editor to configure virtual networking easily. For more information, see Networking.
Network Adapter Teaming Support
On Windows hosts, virtual machines can bridge to teamed or bonded host network adapters. For more information, see Configuring Bridged Networking When Using Teamed Network Interface Cards on Your Host.
Generic SCSI Tape Backup Support
Back up virtual machines using popular backup software and SCSI tape devices. For more information, see Backing Up Virtual Machines and the GSX Server Host.
Using DVD-ROM and CD-ROM Drives on Remote Clients
If you're connected to a virtual machine remotely from a client, you can use the local DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive to install software or copy data without needing to use the drive on the GSX Server host. For more information, see Using the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM Drive on a Client.
Improved Virtual DVD-ROM and CD-ROM Drive Support
Read multisession DVD-ROM and CD-ROM media. Burn CD-ROMs in your guest operating systems.
Debugging Support in Virtual Machines
GSX Server supports user- and kernel-level debuggers in virtual machines.
New Operating System Support
VMware GSX Server 3 provides support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0 patch 3, and Turbolinux Server 8.0 and Workstation 8.0 hosts. New supported guest operating systems include Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0; SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 patch 2; NetWare 6.5 Server; FreeBSD 4.6.2, 4.8, 5.0 and 5.1 (prerelease version); and Turbolinux Server 7.0, 8.0 and Workstation 8.0. Experimental support for Microsoft Windows code-named Longhorn is provided.
New Linux Kernel Support
Run your Linux guest operating systems with the new 2.6 kernel.
New Support Scripts
When you file support requests, please use the new support scripts to collect data that help us diagnose your problems. For details, see Reporting Problems.
Automatically Check for Product Updates
VMware GSX Server now checks automatically to see if updates for the product are available. You can specify what interval to use for the automatic check or switch to manual checks only. For more information, see Updating GSX Server Software Automatically.