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31 March 2008, 13:35

Second beta version of VMware Server 2

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Virtualisation specialist VMware has released a further beta of version 2 of its free VMware Server for Windows and Linux systems. The software, which is designed to run virtual machines (VM) on servers, can also be deployed on workstations for testing new applications, trying out new configurations or other tasks that require to be isolated from the native platform.

The web interface used for managing running VMs in the new beta version is apparently faster and more stable. A new remote console allows VMs to be configured independently of the web interface. The server software can now start virtual machines automatically after server startup or boot a VM directly into the BIOS configuration. Transfer rates for USB 2.0 devices have apparently also been increased.

As well as Linux and older Windows systems, starting with beta 1 VMware Server has also offered support for Windows Server 2008, both as host and as guest. With a suitable CPU, 64 bit systems can also be used for VM. According to the vendor, VMware Server can allocate up to 8 Gbytes of RAM and two virtual SMP processors to a single VM.


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