I’m really happy about the vRAM licensing scheme being kicked to the curb, but I also like it when vendors implement what may seem to be minor fixes which, in reality, can be a pretty big deal. Take this one: If you’ve been managing vSphere for long, you are familiar with the upgrade/reboot cycle that comes with each new version of VMware Tools. As a result, most of the virtual machines in the environment have to be rebooted at some point, which can be a disruptive process.
Like vRAM, that problem is a thing of the past, too. Once you upgrade VMware Tools to version 5.1, subsequent updates will no longer require a reboot. It’s just one more way that administrators can enjoy a little less chaos in the data center and it’s a very welcome improvement.