May 312011

This release is ironic to me as I was about to tweet on Thursday that it would have been 6 months since the last Fusion update.  Well I guess we didn’t make it.  Fusion 3.1.3 is available for download here.  Here’s the What’s New section from the release notes:

VMware Fusion 3.1.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues and includes improved functionality. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 3.x users.

Highlights of VMware Fusion 3.1.3 include:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1: Support for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit & 64-bit.
  • Ubuntu: Support for Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 32-bit & 64-bit.
  • Microsoft Office: Fixed a problem opening attachments in Outlook 2010.
  • Video: Updated Windows WDDM driver with stability improvements.
  • File access: Improved reliability accessing shared files on the Mac.
  • Internet: Fixed slow first page loading in Internet Explorer 8.
  • USB: Improved handling of smartphones including the Nokia N8.



May 202011

I have been doing a number of presentations on vCenter Ops Manager over the past few weeks.  This concern was raised at one of the sessions.  If you were not aware, VMware had a promotion from November 23, 2010 to March 1, 2011.  The promotion was for 50 VMs worth of “Alive VM” (the product now known as vCenter Operations Manager.)  There were a set of VMware SKUs that were applicable for the promotion (unfortunately this was the link for it but it no longer works.)  I believe the SKUs were almost all of the upgrade or new purchases of Standard, Advanced, Ent or Ent+ editions of ESX.  I’m trying to find the list of SKUs but most of the links to detailed information are now broken.  So if you bought the applicable SKUs, you got 50 VMs worth of Ops Manager.

Beginning on March 15, 2011, VMware began sending out the email notifications with the Redemption Codes in email.  The customer contact on the original order for the products should have received the email.  It has instructions for redeeming the code and getting the Ops Manager licenses.  If you have not received (or can’t find) the email and believe you are eligible, you should contact your VMware Sales team.  Here’s the main point: If you have received your email, you only have until May 31, 2011 to redeem your code and get your licenses.

If you think you are eligible, make sure to find your email and get your licenses, time is running out.