VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 2 and vCenter Server 5.0 released

At December 20 VMware released ESXi 5.0 Update 2. It adds support for guest operating systems  and a number of bug fixes.

This release adds support for Solaris 11, Solaris 11.1 and Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.5 guest operating systems.
For a complete list of guest operating systems supported with this release, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

One of the fixes is the ability to rename virtual machine disk files during a Storage vMotion. Duncan Epping wrote a blogposting about this. Mind this feature is not available in vSphere 5.1 yet.

Frank Denneman also wrote a blog about the fixes. Read it here.

The VMware ESXi 5.0 update 2 release notes are here.

Also released is vCenter Server 5.0 Update 2. This release has some new features and bug fixes. Read all about this new release in the Release Notes

  • vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012
  • Additional Guest Operating System Customization Support – vCenter Server now supports customization of the following guest operating systems:
    • Windows 8
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Ubuntu12.04
    • RHEL 6.2
    • RHEL 6.3
  • vCenter Essentials no longer enforces vRAM usage limit of 192 GB
    With vSphere 5.0 Update 2, the Essentials and Essentials Plus licenses no longer restrict virtual machine power-on operations when the vRAM usage limit of 192 GB is met.

About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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