вторник, 31 марта 2009 г.

ESX3.5 u4 released!

Вышел пакет обновлений u4 для ESX3.5.

Expanded Support for Enhanced vmxnet Adapter — This version of ESX Server includes an updated version of the VMXNET driver (VMXNET enhanced) for the following guest operating systems:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (32-bit)

The new VMXNET version improves virtual machine networking performance and requires VMware tools upgrade.

Enablement of Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series — Support for the Xeon processor 5500 series has been added. Support includes Enhanced VMotion capabilities. For additional information on previous processor families supported by Enhanced VMotion, see Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) processor support (KB 1003212).

QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter Driver Update — The driver and firmware for the QLogic fibre channel adapters have been updated to version 7.08-vm66 and 4.04.06 respectively. This release provides interoperability fixes for QLogic Management Tools for FC Adapters and enhanced NPIV support.

Emulex Fibre Channel Adapter Driver Update — The driver for Emulex Fibre Channel Adapters has been upgraded to version 7.4.0.40. This release provides support for the HBAnyware 4.0 Emulex management suite.

LSI megaraid_sas and mptscsi Storage Controller Driver Update — The drivers for LSI megaraid_sas and mptscsi storage controllers have been updated to version 3.19vmw and 2.6.48.18 vmw respectively. The upgrade improves performance and enhance event handling capabilities for these two drivers.

Newly Supported Guest Operating Systems — Support for the following guest operating systems has been added specifically for this release:

For more complete information about supported guests included in this release, see the Guest Operating System Installation Guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/GuestOS_guide.pdf.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (32-bit and 64-bit).
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (32-bit and 64-bit).
Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition and Server Edition (32-bit and 64-bit).
Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0 (32-bit and 64-bit).
Furthermore, pre-built kernel modules (PBMs) were added in this release for the following guests:

Ubuntu 8.10
Ubuntu 8.04.2

Newly Supported Management Agents — Refer to VMware ESX Server Supported Hardware Lifecycle Management Agents for the most up-to-date information on supported management agents.

Newly Supported I/O Devices — in-box support for the following on-board processors, IO devices, and storage subsystems:

SAS Controllers and SATA Controllers:
The following are newly supported SATA Controllers.

PMC 8011 (for SAS and SATA drives)

Intel ICH9
Intel ICH10
CERC 6/I SATA/SAS Integrated RAID Controller (for SAS and SATA drivers)
HP Smart Array P700m Controller
Notes:

Some limitations apply in terms of support for SATA controllers. For more information, see SATA Controller Support in ESX 3.5 (KB 1008673).
Storing VMFS datastores on native SATA drives is not supported.
Network Cards: The following are newly supported network interface cards:

HP NC375i Integrated Quad Port Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapter
HP NC362i Integrated Dual port Gigabit Server Adapter
Intel 82598EB 10 Gigabit AT Network Connection
HP NC360m Dual 1 Gigabit/NC364m Quad 1 Gigabit
Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter
Intel 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter
Intel 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter
Intel 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter
Intel 82598EB 10 Gigabit AT CX4 Network Connection
NetXtreme BCM5722 Gigabit Ethernet
NetXtreme BCM5755 Gigabit Ethernet
NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet
NetXtreme BCM5756 Gigabit Ethernet

Expanded Support: The E1000 Intel network interface card (NIC) is now available for NetWare 5 and NetWare 6 guest operating systems.

Onboard Management Processors:

IBM system management processor (iBMC)

Storage Arrays:

SUN StorageTek 2530 SAS Array
Sun Storage 6580 Array
Sun Storage 6780 Array

3 комментария:

  1. 1. Обидно, что такой долгожданный релиз (ESXi 3.5 u4 с поддержкой ICH9/10) доступен только для тех, кто купил VI (http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/). В бесплатном доступе пока лишь Update 3 + patch update от 30.03.2009, что не есть гуд.
    Ни у кого нет информации о том, когда будет (и будет ли вообще) выложен сабж для FreeDownload?
    2. По Relese Note не совсем ясна картина с SATA-RAID-ами собранными на ICH9/10. Из этого документа (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1008673) однозначно ясно что есть поддержка режимов IDE/ATA и SATA/AHCI. Про RAID-ы - тишина :-(
    Может кто-нибудь прокомментировать?

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  2. 2. Вообще говоря тот RAID что построен на базе SATA/AHCI в подавляющем большинстве случаев не является аппаратным. Это всего лишь функция BIOS и функция драйверов.

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  3. 2. Тем самым можно получить тот же самый программный RAID просто с помощью LVM и подобных технологий на гипервизоре. Скажем, XenServer дает возможность настраивать local storage и какие-то функции управеления LVM из командной строки ему доступны.

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