Tuesday July 13, vSphere 4.1 Released.

Summary of New Features:
  • ESXi scripted install supported
  • Boot from SAN supported
  • Storage Performance Statistics
  • Storage I/O Control
  • Network I/O Control
  • Windows Failover Clustering with VMware HA
  • License Reporting Manager
  • Memory Compression
  • ESX/ESXi Active Directory Integration
  • USB Device Passthrough from ESX/ESXi Host to a Virtual Machine
This is the short list – see the release notes for a full list of improvements and features.

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Recent Issues

Customer Question - "Can a Dell ML6020 Tape library attached to our FC SAN be partitioned and accessed within a Virtual Machine?"

Answer - No, as of vSphere 4.0, ESX only supports connectivity to parallel SCSI tape libraries (VMware KB 1016407)
NOTE: IN addition to being SCSI attached, the tape library has to be multi-target, not multi LUN, so the VM can be assigned a C:#T:#L:0 from the library.

Tech Links

vSphere 4.1 Configuration Maximums = http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_config_max.pdf
vSphere 4.0 Configuration Maximums = http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_config_max.pdf
Site Recovery Manager 4.1 Storage Compatibility matrix = http://www.vmware.com/pdf/srm_storage_partners.pdf
Setup MSCS with vSphere 4.1 = http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_mscs.pdf
VMware View 4.0 Reference Architecture Brief = http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/Dell-VMware-View4-RA-brief.pdf
vSphere 4 u1 vMotion Compatibility Matrix = http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/software/eslvmwre/Legacy/4_0_1/docs/VMotion/VMotion_Matrix4_0_1.pdf

How To Videos