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What's New in Version 4

What's New in Version 4

Whether you're a long-time power user of VMware Workstation or a beginning user who is just learning what you can do with virtual machines, the new features in VMware Workstation 4 extend its capabilities and make it easier to use.

New in Version 4.5.2

New in Version 4.5.2

Here are highlights of some key features added in VMware Workstation 4.5.2:

VMware Virtual Disk Manager

VMware Virtual Disk Manager

You can 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.

Experimental Support for 64-bit Host Operating Systems

Experimental Support for 64-bit Host Operating Systems

This means you can install this release of VMware Workstation on a 64-bit host computer that uses an AMD64 Opteron, Athlon 64 or Intel IA-32e CPU. Virtual machines you create on these hosts have 32-bit CPUs and can run 32-bit guest operating systems.

Experimental Support for Solaris Guest Operating Systems

Experimental Support for Solaris Guest Operating Systems

This means you may install the x86 platform edition of Solaris 9 and of Solaris 10 beta as guest operating systems in this release of VMware Workstation. VMware Tools is not available for Solaris. If you want to run the guest operating system's X server, you may do so in 16 colors.

Support for SUSE LINUX 9.1 Guests

Support for SUSE LINUX 9.1 Guests

This means you may run SUSE LINUX 9.1 as a guest operating system in this release of VMware Workstation.

Enhanced VPN Support over NAT

Enhanced VPN Support over NAT

VMware Workstation now supports PPTP over NAT.

New in Version 4.5

New in Version 4.5

Here are highlights of some key features added in VMware Workstation 4.5:

Increased Memory Size for Virtual Machines

Increased Memory Size for Virtual Machines

This means you can create individual virtual machines with up to 3,600MB of memory and use up to 4GB of memory for all running virtual machines.

Experimental Support for Longhorn

Experimental Support for Longhorn

This means you can install and run beta versions of the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn. Because Longhorn is still in the beta stage of development, you should expect it to install and run more slowly than other guest operating systems.

Improved Support for Guests Using Linux Kernels in the 2.6 Series

Improved Support for Guests Using Linux Kernels in the 2.6 Series

This means better performance for virtual machines running manually installed 2.6 kernels and also for virtual machines using some of the later releases of Red Hat Linux 9, which incorporate some components from the 2.6 kernel.

Support for PXE

Support for PXE

This means that if you use a preboot execution environment (commonly known as PXE) to boot and install operating systems into new virtual machines, you can do so without any add-on software.

Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day

A pop-up tip introduces you to a key feature of VMware Workstation each time you launch the program. You can turn the tips off if you prefer not to see them.

USB Device Installation for Nonadministrators

USB Device Installation for Nonadministrators

Any user on a Windows host can connect USB devices for use in a virtual machine. You no longer need administrative privileges on the host to connect a USB device to a virtual machine. See Installing USB Devices as a Non-Administrator for details.

Automatic Check for Product Updates

Automatic Check for Product Updates

VMware Workstation now checks automatically to see if updates for the product are available. You can adjust the interval between the automatic checks or turn off automatic checking. See Checking for Product Updates for details.

New Operating System Support

New Operating System Support

Get the freedom to choose the operating systems and applications that work best for you. VMware Workstation 4.5 adds support for Novell NetWare 5.1, 6 and 6.5; and SUSE LINUX 9.0.

New in Version 4.0

New in Version 4.0

Here are highlights of some key features added in VMware Workstation 4.0:

Snapshots

Snapshots

You can take a snapshot of your virtual machine's state, a point-in-time copy of the running system state, saved to disk. You can revert to that snapshot at any time — making it easier to do repetitive testing and debugging. You can also configure a virtual machine so it reverts to the snapshot each time you power it off. See Taking and Reverting to a Snapshot for details.

Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop

You can drag and drop files and folders in both directions between Windows hosts and Windows guests. See Using Drag and Drop for details.

Shared Folders

Shared Folders

Shared folders give you an easy way to share files between the host and one or more guests. See Using Shared Folders for details.

Full Debug Support

Full Debug Support

Programmers now have the full functionality of native program debugging within a virtual machine with support for both user- and kernel-level debuggers. For more information on configuring virtual machines for a debugging session, see Examples: Debugging over a Virtual Serial Port.

Improved Sound and Video

Improved Sound and Video

Listen to music in a virtual machine with the high fidelity provided by the new sound device, which emulates the popular Creative Labs Sound Blaster® AudioPCI. Get upgraded high performance graphics that let you display streaming video without skipping a beat.

New Operating System Support.

New Operating System Support.

VMware Workstation 4.0 provides support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003; Red Hat Linux 8.0 and 9.0, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 2.1; SuSE Linux 8.0, 8.1, 8.2 and Enterprise Server 8; and Mandrake Linux 9.0.

New User Interface

New User Interface

The Linux user interface is updated throughout, and includes a completely revamped virtual machine settings editor. Windows hosts have an updated Favorites list. And on both hosts, you can run multiple virtual machines in the same window and tab from one to another using the new quick switch mode. See Running VMware Workstation for details.

Network Settings (Windows Host)

Network Settings (Windows Host)

The Virtual Network Editor for Windows hosts now provides a graphical interface you can use to change the configuration of the DHCP servers running on your virtual networks. It also lets you configure the NAT device and the host virtual adapters. See Changing the Networking Configuration for details.

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