VMware releases ESX 3.5 Update 3 and ESXi 3.5 Update 3

November 6th, 2008 by jason Leave a reply »

On Thursday November 6, 2008, VMware rolled out an incremental update of its bare metal hypervisor and flagship product:

  • VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3 (build 123630)
    • vCPU per core limit raised from 8 (11 for VDI) to 20
    • Newly supported hardware
    • Newly supported guest OS
      • Solaris 10 U5
      • Ubuntu 8.04.1
      • RHEL 4.7
    • Interrupt Coalescing (IC) for Qlogic 4Gb FC HBAs
    • Experimental support for the VMDK Recovery Tool (a script that helps recover VMFS/VMDK from accidental deletion or corruption)
    • Updated Small Footprint CIM Broker to v1.3.0
    • IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) now supported with both Fixed and MRU fibre multipathing policies
  • VMware ESXi 3.5 Installable/Embedded Update 3 (build 123629)
    • vCPU per core limit raised from 8 (11 for VDI) to 20
    • Newly supported hardware
    • Newly supported guest OS
      • Solaris 10 U5
      • Ubuntu 8.04.1
      • RHEL 4.7
    • Interrupt Coalescing (IC) for Qlogic 4Gb FC HBAs
    • Updated Small Footprint CIM Broker to v1.3.0
    • IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) now supported with both Fixed and MRU fibre multipathing policies

VMware Infrastructure 3 Documentation is still referencing ESX as ESX Server which I don’t understand. VMware made it clear that the word “Server” was dropped from the bare metal hypervisor product many months ago. I guess name changes are easier said than done (except in the case of Citrix where Presentation Server customers might remember waking one morning and suddently everything on the website was called XenApp with no trace of Presentation Server left – talk about confusing.)

Head to VMware’s download site now

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4 comments

  1. Tom Howarth says:

    Ah yes, those glorious name changes, Citrix does however have a long and fine history of product name changes, Winview – Winframe – Metaframe Presentation Sever – Metaframe Presentation Server XP – Presentation Server now XenApp. tomorrow ??????

    that said it is still now better now than with Winframe LOL

    This is turning out to be a decent blog, well done Jason.

  2. jason says:

    Tom, We have seen a few of those names come through our shop. Winframe –> MetaFrame XPe –> Presentation Server 4.0 (now called XenApp). Microsoft is joining in the act too – did you see the name Terminal Services has been renamed to Remote Desktop Services? For us, no plans to go to 4.5 or 5.0 at this time. Next stop for us will be?? Good question…

  3. Roger Lund says:

    Any idea when or if, this will be downloaded via VMware Infrastructure Update?

  4. jason says:

    I haven’t checked yet but I’m sure it’s on VMware Update Manager. The upgrade code usually is.

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