On March 28, 2008, VMware released the second beta for the Server 2.0 platform. Version 2.0 beta 1 introduced sweeping changes to the user interface that was met with feedback from the beta team. VMware has also confirmed that a beta 3 will soon be released as well for the free server virtualization product.
The release of VMware Server 2.0 beta 2 continues the VMware initiative to present itself as the starter product for companies that are new to virtualization. Among the core changes for beta 2 are:
- Auto start of virtual machines
- USB 2.0 support
- Additional guest OS support (Windows Server 2008 and Vista)
- Links to the VMware marketplace for virtual appliance downloads
The beta 2 is available now for both Linux and Windows distributions from VMware’s website. VMware has made an effort to be involved in the VMware Communities blogs for the beta, and are very keen to beta user concerns.