Wednesday, May 06, 2009

VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 4

If you have not seen the announcement, VMWare has released a new update for ESX. Here is a quick overview:

Enablement of Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series
Expanded Support for Enhanced vmxnet Adapter
QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter Driver Update
Emulex Fibre Channel Adapter Driver Update
LSI megaraid_sas and mptscsi Storage Controller Driver Update

Newly Supported Guest Operating Systems – Support for the following guest operating systems has been added specifically for this release:

■SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (32-bit and 64-bit).
■SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (32-bit and 64-bit).
■Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition and Server Edition (32-bit and 64-bit).
■Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0 (32-bit and 64-bit).
Furthermore, pre-built kernel modules (PBMs) were added in this release for the following guests:

■Ubuntu 8.10
■Ubuntu 8.04.2

Newly Supported Management Agents
Newly Supported I/O Devices – In-box support for the following on-board processors, IO devices, and storage subsystems:

SAS Controllers and SATA Controllers:

The following are newly supported SATA Controllers.

■PMC 8011 (for SAS and SATA drives)

■Intel ICH9
■Intel ICH10
■CERC 6/I SATA/SAS Integrated RAID Controller (for SAS and SATA drivers)
■HP Smart Array P700m Controller

I have installed it on several machines and have had no issues with it. It also seems to have fixed a couple of issues.

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