VMware announce Workstation 7 Release Candidate
PC Virtualization experts, VMware have announced the release candidate of version 7 of their popular Workstation software. I myself used VMware Workstation just yesterday, it can’t be beaten if you want to familiarize yourself with new or untested software in a safe environment, or try out your latest registry edit without having to worry about breaking your windows install.
The only downside to VMware workstation is that it is a little out of date in its current release, lacking support for quad cores, large amounts of ram, and notably Windows 7. These ‘Limitations’ aren’t so bad for what the program is though, and I installed Windows 7 on a virtual machine just the other day using the Easy Installer set for Windows Vista. It ran surprisingly well apart from a slight lack of eye candy (VMware’s VGA driver lacked Aero glass support).
Version 7 of VMware aims to bring the application back in line with the cutting edge of software, coinciding nicely with the Windows 7 launch.
Here are VMware’s official features for Workstation 7:
• Full Windows 7 Host and Guest support including the ability to run Aero
• Improved 3D Graphics for Windows guests with OpenGL and Shader Model 3.0 support
• Support for over many new OSs including Windows Server 2008 R2, Debian 5, and ESX (Yes, you can vMotion!)
• Create Virtual Machines with up to four processors and/or four cores and 32 GB of memory
• ThinPrint integration enables virtual printing and makes the host printers available within the guest
• Smart Card enhancements to enable secure authentication
• 256-bit AES encryption of your virtual machines
• ALSA sound for Linux users!!!
• Dynamic update of VMware Tools
• Drag and Drop now works with formatted text, graphics and file attachments
• AutoProtect your VMs with the ability to regularly schedule snapshots to be created
• Pause a VM to instantly free up your processor
• Replay Debugging is even more powerful and now works remotely
• A redesigned Virtual Network Editor that is much easier to use
Unfortunately I couldn’t get the download link for the release candidate to work, so although I don’t doubt that it’s out there, I can’t offer any more information at the moment. Maybe VMware have ended the Beta program for this release, I just do not know. I’m definitely looking forward to the final version of this software anyway; it will make getting to grips with some of Windows 7’s more advanced ‘this can break your computer’ features just that little bit easier.
You can read more about Workstation 7 on VMware’s blog, here