Huh!?! I know you’re going to read that title and say "Dave, uh, that came out like 3 months ago." Yes, I know it did. I have many customers that stay one release behind in their updates (after the license bug, I completely understand.) I have been talking to many customers this week about updating and since U3 is out now, update 2 is a reality and on their agenda. First off, the license bug has been fixed. Paul Maritz assured us all that it will not happen again and, quite frankly, I believe him. In addition, there are some really great features added in U2 (read the full list here .) Here are of the ones I get asked most about:
- EVC (Enhanced VMotion Compatibility) This allows you to live migrate your VM’s between different generations of CPUs from the same vendor. Basically you need Intel’s Merom (or newer) processor or AMD’s Rev.E (or newer) Based Processor. The official list can be found here .
- New guest operating system support: Windows Server 2008, Solaris 10 U5, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2, and Ubuntu 8.04. Customers are always happy when we expand the supported OS list, some don’t even wait for us to try a new OS out. However, if you call in for support, the guest OS needs to be on the supported list .
- Storage VMotion to iSCSI and FC. You can now live migrate VM’s on storage (move where the VM’s are stored) from one datastore to another on either (or both) of the storage platforms.
- Hot virtual disk extend. You can now entend a virtual disk drive while the VM is running from the GUI. Just edit the VM’s hard disk config while the VM is running to the max allowed by the datastore.
- VSS quescing support. The VCB (VMware Consolidated Backup) agents now allow for VSS integration so when you take a backup of a Server 2003 VM, VCB will quiesce the data from the app (like SQL and Exchange) and then have ESX quiesce the disks and then take a nice clean VM snapshot. Which then can be backup by the backup agents on the VCB backup proxy. This give a more consistant snapshot image to work with.
Those are some of the main features added in U2. If you are not ready to go up to ESX 3.5 Update 3, Update 2 should be on your radar. The licensing bug is no more and, in my opinion, the list of features warrants considering it during your next patch cycle.