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May 26 2010   12:31PM GMT

VMware Workstation 7.1 Just released

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

As of yesterday the industry standard in desktop virtualization has just been upgraded to version 7.1.

Along with the new release comes the ability to create virtual machines with up to 8 vcpus and 32GB of memory, driverless printing with no configuration for both Windows and Linux guest operating systems.

3D support just got better VMware Workstation 7 is now the first to support Windows Aero in Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines. Run even more 3D applications with support for DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.13D graphics in Windows virtual machines.

Here is a quick insert from VMware themselves.

What’s New in VMware Workstation 7.1

•Support for 8 virtual processors (or 8 virtual cores) and 2 TB virtual disks.
•Support for OpenGL 2.1 for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests.
•Greatly improved DirectX 9.0 graphics performance for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests. Up to 2x faster than Workstation 7.
•Launch virtualized applications directly from the Windows 7 taskbar to create a seamless experience between applications in your virtual machines and the desktop.
•Optimized performance for Intel’s Core i3, i5, i7 processor family for faster virtual machine encryption and decryption.
•Support for more Host and Guest Operating Systems, including: Hosts: Windows 2008 R2, Ubuntu 10.04, RHEL 5.4, and more Guests: Fedora 12, Ubuntu 10.04, RHEL 5.4, SEL 11 SP1, and more.
•Now includes built in Automatic Updates feature to check, download, and install VMware Workstation updates.
•Ability to import and export Open Virtualization Format (OVF 1.0) packaged virtual machines and upload directly to VMware vSphere, the industry’s best platform for building cloud infrastructures.

Well what are you waiting for? Go here to download and install/upgrade now!

-NS

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