VMware Workstation 6.0.1 can now be downloaded. The new version supports a couple of additional operating system versions. Most noteworthy for 4sysops readers is probably that VMware Workstation 6.0.1 adds experimental support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Server 2008 as host and guest operating systems.

I already worked with Windows Server 2008 as guest OS on VMware Workstation 6.0 before and I didn't encounter any problems. Please, check out the release notes for other newly supported operating systems. There are two further new features: support for Japanese product versions and the About dialog allows you now to gather troubleshooting data. Well, nothing revolutionary if you ask me. Of course you might have another stance on this, if you come from the country where my nice Toshiba laptop came from.

I'd like to add some complaints about the complicated update process: First of all, why didn't VMware Workstation notify me that an update is available? Second, why is there no automatic update support? Third, why do I have to register to download an update? Fourth, why is it necessary to completely uninstall the old version for such a minor update? Fifth, why do I have to configure Automatic Bridging again after every update?

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I wonder how many chose not to install VMware updates because of this cumbersome procedure. Version 6.0.1 fixes some severe security bugs. So it should be in the interest of VMware to make the installation of such an update as easy as possible. I think it took me at least 20 clicks until I finally got this minor update installed. VMware could learn something from Microsoft here. They can even update Windows with zero clicks. 😉

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