What’s new in vCenter 4.1 update 1

VMware has released VMware vSphere 4.1 update 1 with a few important enhancements:

I’ll start by discussing new database options that VMware has made available in vCenter 4.1u1. VMware has expanded the options to make a wider range of databases compatible with vCenter’s needs. In this latest version, the following database platforms are supported:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP3
  • Oracle 11g Standard/Enterprise Release 2, or later, (x32 and x64)
  • IBM DB2 9.7.2 Express C (x32 and x64)
  • IBM DB2 9.7.2 Enterprise (x32 and x64)

Guest operating system customization is a feature that helps administrators streamline virtual machine deployment by automating such items as setting the virtual machine name and network settings. In vSphere 4.1, the following vCenter Server now supports customization of the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows 7 SP1 (x32 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x32 and x64)
  • RHEL 6.0 (x32 and x64)
  • RHEL5.5 (x32 and x64)

Along with this release, vSphere 4.1 update 1 has also been released and contains a number of bug fixes. Remember, before you update your hosts to vSphere 4.1u1, you need to update your vCenter server to the latest version.

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