The new version of VMWare 6.0 is out in Beta and it has some exciting new things. In addition to the new features listed below (from their email), it also supports x64 and up to 8 gb of RAM!

  • Support for Windows Vista - Use Windows Vista as host operating system
  • Multiple monitor display - You can configure a VM to span multiple monitors, or multiple VMs to each display on separate monitors.
  • Integrated Virtual Debugger - Workstation integrates with Visual Studio and Eclipse so you can deploy, run, and debug programs in a VM directly from your preferred IDE
  • Automation APIs (VIX API 2.0) - You can write scripts and programs to automate VM testing.
  • Headless mode - You can run VMs in the background without the Workstation UI.
  • Easy Upgrade or Downgrade of VMWare Virtual Machines — A new Convert Hardware Version wizard steps you through the process of upgrading or downgrading virtual machines between Workstation versions 4, 5, and 6.

You can get the Beta from here  and get more details in the release notes here . And of course check out the known issues before you do anything. I have not tried this myself - yet. Maybe if I can take some time out over the holidays. I personally prefer VMWare to Virtual PC anyday and am quite excited about this new release.

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