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Mar 28 2008   10:00PM GMT

VMware Server 2.0 beta 2 released

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover


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.

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  • Tom Simons
    I have been running VMware Server 2.0 beta 1 on Windows Server 2003 SP2. However, installation of VMware Server 2.0 beta 2 on the same box fails with error 1008: The installation of C:\WINDOWS\Installer\4191e87.msi is not permitted due to an error in software restriction policy processing. The object cannot be trusted. What do I change to permit installation?
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  • Rick Vanover
    What does your group policy configuration look like? Are you an admin on the system?
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  • Randy
    Had same problem installing VMware 2.0 on W2K3 Server. Installed following hotfix - VMWare 2.0 installion worked afterwards.
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