May 11 2009

vSphere 4.0 Links

Download Links:


VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
4.02009/05/21164009DownloadRelease Notes


VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
4.02009/05/21164009DownloadRelease Notes

vCenter Server

VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
4.02009/05/21162902DownloadRelease Notes

Consolidated Backup

VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
1.5 Update 12009/05/21150805DownloadRelease Notes

Data Recovery

VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
1.02009/05/21164675DownloadRelease Notes

vShield Zones

VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
1.02009/05/21R1.0G68DownloadRelease Notes

Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Ethernet Module

VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
1.02009/05/2127-0.4.2DownloadRelease Notes

vCenter Converter Standalone

VersionRelease DateBuild #Download LinkRelease Notes Link
4.0.12009/05/21161434DownloadRelease Notes

Administrator Tools

NameVersionRelease DateBuild #Download Link
Management Assistant (vMA)4.02009/05/21161993Download
Command Line Interface (vSphere CLI)4.02009/05/21161974Download
PowerCLI (PowerShell)4.02009/05/21162509Download
Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Tool1.02009/05/21166674Download


NameVersionRelease DateBuild #Download Link
SiteSurvey1.02009/05/20N/AWindows Download
SiteSurvey1.02009/05/20N/ALinux Download
CPU IdentificationN/A2009/04/16160658Download

Feature Links

What’s New with VMware vSphere 4 (VMware)
What’s New with vSphere 4.0 (VMware)
What’s New in vSphere 4.0: Technical Overview (Technodrone)
Creating a VMware vSphere guest OS: What’s new (SearchVMware)
A Tour of VMware vSphere (SearchVmware)
VMware focuses on stability, availability and security with vSphere 4 (SearchVMware)
A random collection of whats new vSphere eye candy (Boche.net)
vSphere Memory/CPU Hotplug (hot add) (Boche.net)
vSphere Is Coming (Virtualization Pro)
New vCenter Server features in vSphere (Virtualization Pro)
Enhanced alarm reporting in VMware vCenter Server 4.0 (Virtualization Pro)
HA enhancements, exploring the next version of ESX/vCenter (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere Launch Video (RTFM Education)
Video: vSphere4 Unleashed: 05 – Hot-Add and Thin-Provisioning (HyperVizor)

General Links

VMware vSphere 4 Evaluator’s Guide (VMware)
VMware Product Renaming (VMware)
VMware vSphere Overview Video (YouTube)

Launch Event Links:

vSphere Launch Event Recorded Simulcast
VMware April 21 Announcement Press Pre-Brief
VMware vSphere 4 Launch Event – On-Site Coverage
Rick Scherer’s Pictures from the Launch Event
Sea of blue shirts picture at VMware for product launch
Paul Maritz quotes from the vSphere launch
Regional Event Photos
Launch Event Flash Movie
Launch Event Webcast (direct link)
Efficiency, Control and Choice – vSphere Launch Review
vSphere Launch Event – the horror of an insider with a video camera
Slideshow Video of Launch Event
VMware vSphere 4.0 “Chariots of Fire” Video
Photos from vSphere Launch
Photos from VMware vSphere Launch

Licensing & Pricing:

vSphere 4 Pricing, Packaging and Licensing Overview (VMware)
VMware vSphere 4 Licensing Guide (VMware)
VMware vSphere 4 Licensing Troubleshooting Guide (VMware)
VMware vSphere Licensing FAQs (VMware)
vSphere Editions Comparison (VMware)
vSphere Key Features & Benefits Summary (VMware)
vSphere 4 Essentials Editions (VMware)
vSphere – What’s New in Licensing (VMware)
vSphere Upgrade Entitlement Mapping (VMware)
vSphere Upgrade Center – Licensing (VMware)
License Server Configuration for vCenter Server 4.0 (VMware)
Licensing details from the vSphere launch event (Virtualization Pro)
VMware vSphere licensing commentary and FUD (Virtualization Pro)
The Plus in vSphere 4.0 Enterprise Plus licensing: Percolating thoughts (Virtualization Pro)
vSphere licensing & technology – Communities Roundtable podcast #44 (VMTN Blog)
vSphere Licensing Notables (Boche.net)
Breaking Down vSphere Pricing (Virtualization Review)
vSphere 4 – So What is new? (Technodrone)
vSphere Pricing Comparison (Technodrone)
License keys: Everything is about to get a whole lot better! (The VM Guy)
VMware vSphere General Availability (OZ VMs)
vSphere Pricing and Licensing (OZ VMs)
VMware vSphere 4: What’s in Enterprise Plus? (Virtual Future)
Quick Guide to vSphere License Portal (Latoga Labs)
vSphere Licensing Explained (VM Hero)
Some Basics of Microsoft Server OS Licensing on VMware vSphere (TechHead)
Smarter Microsoft licensing can reduce VMware environment costs (SearchVMware)
Comparison of product offerings for vSphere 4.0 and VMware Infrastructure 3.X (KB Article)
Licensing ESX 4.0, ESXi 4.0, and vCenter 4.0 (KB Article)
Split and Combine license keys on vSphere (KB Article)
Enabling license downgrade by disabling features (KB Article)
Downgrading vSphere 4.0 License to ESX 3.5 version (KB Article)
Comparison of product offerings for vSphere 4.0 and VMware Infrastructure 3.X (KB Article)

News Links

VMware Unveils the Industry’s First Operating System for Building the Internal Cloud—VMware vSphere 4
VMware launches vSphere 4
VMware vSphere 4 Provides ‘Always On IT’ for SMB and Branch Office IT Environments With Low Cost, High Availability Solutions
VMware vSphere 4 Sets New Records in Virtualization Performance
vSphere 4 Unveiled
VMware Announces vSphere 4 Cloud OS
VMware partners line up for vSphere launch
VMware vows to overhaul data center with ‘cloud OS’
VMware Launches vSphere
One man’s take on the vSphere launch
VMware Unveils vSphere
VMware’s version of data center flexibility leaves out Microsoft, Citrix tools
VMware unmasks next-gen hypervisor, Cloud eats ESX 4.0
vSphere 4 steps up, falls short of the cloud
VMware VSphere – Initial Comparisons with Hyper-V and Xen
VMware’s version of flexibility lacks Microsoft Hyper-V
Does VMware vSphere solve IT’s worries about the cloud?
Cheaper virtualization becoming a reality
The Real Impact of vSphere
VMware Takes on the Data Center With New Cloud Technology
VMware Slaps Enterprise and Cisco In Face, Opens Door For Competitors
VMware’s vSphere of influence
vSphere Announced. Now What For VMware Customers?
VMware announces vSphere – the foundation for the next generation data center
VMware tweaks pricing, bundles with vSphere 4 launch
VMware Launchs vSphere
What VMware vSphere 4 Really Means For Smaller Businesses
VMware Launches the V Series Mainframe
VMware announces vSphere 4.0 pricing and RTM date, investors are not impressed

Podcast Links:

VMware Product Podcasts
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 1: Overview
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 2: vSphere Editions
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 3: Platform Efficiency and Performance
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 4: Hardware and Power Efficiency
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 5: Operational Efficiency and Network Management
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 6: Control of Application Availability
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 7: Control of Application Security
What’s New in VMware vSphere Part 8: Control of Application SLAs

Upgrade Links:

vSphere Upgrade Center – Advisor (VMware)
vSphere Upgrade Center – Overview (VMware)
vSphere Upgrade Center – Resources (VMware)
vSphere Pre-requisites Checklist (VMware)
vSphere 4.0 Software Compatibility Matrix (VMware)
Upgrading to VMware vSphere: Test first, deploy later (SearchVMware.com)
Various methods for upgrading to vSphere (SearchVMware.com)
vSphere Upgrade Center Blog (VMware)
The Path to vSphere Unleashed Pt 1 – VMware VirtualCenter Management Components (VMware)
The Path to vSphere Unleashed Pt 2 – VMware ESX Host Migration Methods (VMware)
The Path to vSphere Unleashed Pt 3 – Virtual Machine Upgrades (VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware) (VMware)
The Path to vSphere Unleashed Pt 4 – Implementing VMware vSphere Licensing (VMware)
How to Upgrade from VMware Infrastructure 3 to VMware vSphere 4 (VMware)
Remote in-place upgrade from ESX3.5 to vSphere (Vinf.net)
vSphere Virtual Machine Upgrade Process (Scott Lowe)
Upgrade VMware vCenter 2.5 to 4.0 Video (VMware Tips)
vSphere upgrade experience, day 1 (Virtualization Evangelist)
vSphere – Upgrade and Best Practices (Technodrone)
Adding ESX 3.5 Servers to vCenter 4.0 (Technodrone)
Understanding the Upgrade Process (Technodrone)
vCenter 4 Upgrade A Success! (Virtual-Jay)
Performing an offline upgrade from ESX 3.x to ESX 4.0 on a local ESX host (KB Article)
Upgrading to ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0 best practices (KB Article)
Upgrading an ESX 3.x virtual machine to ESX 4.0 (KB Article)
Upgrading ESXi 3.5 hosts with OEM server vendor’s specific components to ESXi 4.0 (KB Article)
How to create default alarms when upgrading to vSphere 4.0 (KB Article)
When you use VMware vSphere to perform an ESX host upgrade, the upgrade might fail (KB Article)
Sometimes the upgrade from ESXi 3.5 to ESXi 4.0 fails when the host is trying to reboot (KB Article)
Performing an offline upgrade from ESX 3.x to ESX 4.0 on a local ESX host (KB Article)
VMotion stops working after upgrading to vSphere 4.0 with a CPU of the host is incompatible error (KB Article)
VMotion stops working with a Licensing server is not configured error after upgrading to vSphere 4 (KB Article)

Documentation Links:

Main and Documentation sets:

Main doc link
Download the complete ESXi 4.0 Embedded and vCenter Server 4.0 Documentation Set
Download the complete ESXi 4.0 Installable and vCenter Server 4.0 Documentation Set
Download the complete ESX 4.0 and vCenter Server 4.0 Documentation Set

Individual Docs:

Documentation Roadmap
What’s New in vSphere 4.0
Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 4.0
VMware vSphere Compatibility Matrixes
Introduction to VMware vSphere
Getting Started with ESX
ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide
Upgrade Guide
Basic System Administration
vSphere Web Access Administrator’s Guide
ESX Configuration Guide
Resource Management Guide
Availability Guide
Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide
iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide


Getting Started with ESXi Installable
Getting Started with ESXi Embedded
ESXi Installable and vCenter Server Setup Guide
ESXi Embedded and vCenter Server Setup Guide
ESXi Configuration Guide


Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service
vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide
License Server Configuration for vCenter Server 4.0
ESX 4 Patch Management Guide
Guest Operating System Installation Guide

Update Manager:

vCenter Update Manager Release Notes
vCenter Update Manager Administration Guide
vCenter Update Manager Sizing Estimator


vCenter Converter Release Notes
vCenter Converter Administration Guide


VMware vCenter Orchestrator Release Notes
VMware vCenter Orchestrator Installation and Configuration Guide
VMware vCenter Orchestrator Administration Guide
VMware vCenter Orchestrator Developer’s Guide
VMware vCenter Orchestrator Example Applications

Consolidated Backup:

VMware Consolidated Backup Release Notes
Virtual Machine Backup Guide

Administration Automation:

vSphere Management Assistant Guide
vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) 4.0 Release Notes
vSphere Command-Line Interface manual
vSphere Command-Line Interface 4.0 Release Notes
vSphere SDK for Perl Installation Guide
vSphere SDK for Perl Programming Guide
vSphere SDK for Perl Release Notes
vSphere PowerCLI Installation Guide
vSphere PowerCLI Administration Guide
vSphere SDK for .NET Developer’s Guide
VMware vSphere PowerCLI 4.0 Release Notes
VMware vCenter Update Manager – PowerShell Library 1.0

vShield Zones:

vShield Zones 1.0 Release Notes
vShield Zones 1.0 FAQ
Introduction to vShield Zones
vShield Zones Quick Start Guide
vShield Zones Administration Guide

Data Recovery:

Data Recovery 1.0 Release Notes
Data Recovery Administration Guide

vCenter Server Heartbeat:

vCenter Server Heartbeat 5.5 Update 1 Release Notes
vCenter Server Heartbeat Quick Start
vCenter Server Heartbeat Reference Guide

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