VMware Releases Workstation 9 and Fusion 5

Today, VMware released the latest version of their VMware Workstation product - version 9.  VMware Workstation was the first VMware product that I used (some 13 years ago) and has continued to be a product I rely on to do my work.  I've been using the Technology Preview versions of Workstation 9 for months and am impressed with its speed, stability, and features.  Using VMware Workstation Tech Preview 9 on my laptop, I run a full VMware View environment, complete with firewall, load balancer, OpenFiler storage appliance, vCenter, a couple nested vSphere 5 ESXi servers,  View Composer and View … [Read more...]

VMware Workstation Wish List

I recently received an invitation to the VMware Workstation beta program for the next version, currently code-named 'Iron'.  I have yet to join the beta, but the invitation got me thinking about what new features I would like to see in VMware Workstation.  Once I join the beta I will not be allowed to publicly discuss the new features, so I'll toss out some ideas now and see how many show up in future releases: Group Policy management of VMware Workstation installations.  I've spent the past four years in software development environments, and VMware Workstation has been a key component in … [Read more...]

Joining a Mac to a Windows Active Directory

We picked up a few new 17" MacBook Pro's at work. We're a Microsoft shop, so Mac's aren't part of the basic knowledge for our IT staff, myself included. I don't want to be the Windows guy who says "I don't do Macs" - part of being a technologist is serving the user base where they are at with the technologies they require to do their job (but please, included me in determining your requirements and technological solutions - a Mac might be really cool, but might not fit with the organizations needs or your IT group's ability to support your solution). Really, that's what Web 2.0 is all about - … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion Updated to 2.0.5

While setting up a new 17" MacBook Pro today I found that an update to VMware Fusion has been released. The update, version 2.0.5, has a release date of June 23. According to the release notes, the update includes: Support for Mac OS X Server guest operating systems on Macs with Intel Xeon 5500 and 3500 Series processors (based on Nehalem micro-architecture) Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server as a guest operating system (32-bit only) Provides experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard as a host operating system (32-bit only) Supports Ubuntu … [Read more...]