VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 is the first hypervisor to be listed under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program, providing VMware customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft applications with access to cooperative support from Microsoft and VMware.
The announcement came from VMware on 3 September 2008.
“Virtualization is now well within the IT mainstream and our relationship with Microsoft underscores how far virtualization has come by providing VMware ESX users with access to valuable support for their virtualized Microsoft applications,” said Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing, VMware. “VMware and Microsoft are working cooperatively to help ensure that our joint customers can employ the benefits of virtualization along with the peace of mind that professional product support can provide.”
Just a quick update on my earlier posts regarding ESX 3.5 on the HP ProLiant ML110 G5 and the HP Proliant ML115 G5. I have now been informed by posts on http://www.techhead.co.uk/ that the embedded NIC in these servers are now supported by VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 2.
I have not tried to install ESX 3.5 Update 2 on these servers, so I can't speak from my own experience just yet, but information can be found here.
VMware has released an Express Patch to counter the problem with the original ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 which casued the server licenses to expire as of 12 August 2008. This patch and more information can be found at: http://www.vmware.com/go/esxexpresspatches
In the meantime, VMware has also re-issued the entire ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 release. They are available for download at http://www.vmware.com/download.