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VMware 5 Beta Version

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Fergal1982, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. Fergal1982

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    Vmware 5 beta is out now (workstation)!

    find out more here

    The benefit for this is that its free! the tradeoff is that its a beta, so it may well be bug ridden, but for anyone wanting to give it a go. theres no 30 day trial on it (i dont think!)

    The new version also has the capability to record AVI's of activity within VMware. making it a useful tool in showing people how to do things. if it works out well (and we can find a way to deal with bandwidth etc) it could mean having .AVI files of tutorials of how to do something for the certs! at the very least it should work with any masterclasses etc.

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  2. tripwire45
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    Drool. I suppose you have to uninstall the current version in order to use 5 Beta, tho.
     
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    shouldnt do i dont think. install it in a separate directory an it should be fine!

    one drawback is that you cannot disable the DEBUG option, but since its mainly designed to test and discover faults you cant blame them!

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  4. Phoenix
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    Just install it in vmware trip.. wait, nevermind
    :)


    looking good, the snapshiot manager looks like a great improvement over the current 'one snapshot only' model, and the LAN stuff seems to look better, downloading now :)
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    Unfortunatly it does indeed tell you thaty ou have an older version that needs to be uninstalled and then rebooted prior to use

    for me this is not such a problem, as i know it will pick up all of my os's again, but its a hassle for alot of people :)

    trip, I would give it a try mate if you havnt got too much to lose, its rare that betas actually have tons of problems once they hit this public state
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    Welllll..........it wouldn't hurt to download the thing and at least *think* about it. :rolleyes: :biggrin
     
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  7. Phoenix
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    Just a quick note
    you will recieve a new beta code via email
    i fumbled around swearing for half an hour before i noticed that part, as it wouldnt accept my 4.5 code
    heh :)
     
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    First thing I checked. ;-) I downloaded the beta onto my laptop while at work but won't get a chance to install it on my lab machine until later tonight. I've been having some trouble installing Novell's SUSE Enterprise Server demo and I'm hoping the V5 beta will solve that problem.

    It would be great if you give the rest of us an advanced "head's up" on how it works for you, Ryan. Thanks.
     
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  9. Phoenix
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    well the debug option may cause us some problems in a production testing environment, as it cuts performance in half and THEN some, although im testing it at work and only have 256mb of memory hehe :)

    ill give it a whirl for a little bit when i get home, got some Snort testing to do :)
     
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  10. tripwire45
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    I don't care what VMWare says, installing VMWare Tools on my Red Hat VM is a pain in the @$$! :x It looked like it was a go in X-Windows but then wouldn't install. I tried it from a text window but after answering a number of questions regarding where to find this directory and that, it said it couldn't copy a set of files into a directory and aborted execution.

    I tried VMWare's support site but it was useless and just presented me with the same set of instructions I'd used for installing VMWare on Linux for 4.5.

    What am I missing?
     
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    Got a reply to my post at the VMWare Beta 5 forum. Apparently, "losing" a VM after you try to suspend it is a widely reported bug (see my link in the post above for details). If you kill the process in Task Manager on your Windows host, the "lost" VM will return the next time you open VMWare.
     
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    I'm discovering that the beta version has an additional "unique feature". I downloaded some critical updates to my Windows 2000 Pro VM and restarted it. After restart, I couldn't reacquire the desktop of the IM...at least partly.

    I could use the mouse to click the "help" link which shows you instructions on how to do the ctrl+alt+del key combo but when I hit ctrl+alt+insert, absolutely nothing happened. Hitting ctrl+alt+del did get me to the Windows Security box of the host no problem.

    I had to close VMWare and restart the host before the problem was solved. I'm beginning to question the wisdom of my trying the beta 5 version on for size.
     
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  14. Phoenix
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    always wisdom in testing out new stuff trip, cant say i have experianced half the problems you have, but havnt had the chance to do a decent run of tests, and my updates were from a SUS server not WU.com

    and you can always remove it :D
     
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    I'm considering it. I downloaded the thing because it was supposed to have better Linux support. I'm planning on doing a lot more work with Linux VMs in the coming months and it would be a big help. We'll see how it goes from here.

    Too bad I can't run 4.5 for my "production" machines and the Beta 5 as a series of test machines. I could play with Beta 5 without losing productivity.
     
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  17. Phoenix
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    im pretty sure i can uninstall and re install, not sure how the vms will work with the upgraded hardware, but im not testing it on any of my working vms, just building new ones, so havnt upgraded any of my current vms :)
     
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    Ok Phoenix...pop over to my other VMWare thread and tell me what I'm doing wrong when I try to upgrade VMWare Tools on my Red Hat VM. :oops:
     
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