Monday, September 12, 2005

VMWare 5.5 Beta Available

I received an email today stating that VMWare Workstation 5.5 Beta is available. I am using Workstation 5 on Windows Server 2003 x86 Edition to support my Network Security Operations class. When students use SSH to connect to the class server, they are logging in to a FreeBSD server running in VMWare. (I also dual-boot the server with FreeBSD 6.0-BETAx using the amd64 port.

The key advances appear to be the following:

  • Support for 64-bit guest operating systems

  • Experimental support for 2-way Virtual SMP

  • New support for select host and guest operating systems and hardware - 32 and 64 bit


I am excited to see support for SMP (even if only for 2 processors) appear in a Workstation product. We are going to see more multi-core systems appearing in everyday desktops (even though most "normal" users should be using thin clients). :) 64-bit support is also welcome as that architecture moves out of the server world and onto developer desktops.

2 comments:

Keydet89 said...

Richard,

Do you know of any site on the Web where one can download VMWare images of *BSD? Any other os's?

Thanks,

H. Carvey
"Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery"
http://www.windows-ir.com
http://windowsir.blogspot.com

Richard Bejtlich said...

Hi Harlan,

I do not, although I think the new VMTN would be the place to look in the future.