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.


Anonymous said...


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


H. Carvey
"Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery"

Richard Bejtlich said...

Hi Harlan,

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