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Free VMware Server released

Until now, the free VMware Server was only available as a beta, but today VMware Inc. finally released the 1.0 of the product. This makes it possible for ISVs to save money and time by hosting multiple servers on one physical machine and start/stop/control the servers...

VMware announces virtual appliance challenge

VMware is announcing their $200.000 Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge. Anyone can submit a self-built virtual appliance and get the chance to win up to $100.000 as the first price. VMware defines a virtual appliance as: “Virtual Appliances are not general...

Using VMware Server as our new server platform

When we first heard about the free VMware Server, we got really excited. We have been planning to replace our aging servers with some new hardware and thought about reducing the server count. Besides our internet server which is located at our provider, we have three...

Using VMware Player as a marketing tool

The new free VMware Player could be a great tool for ISVs to help prospective customers evaluate their software easier and faster (just as I noted in my last posting). ISVs could offer fully preconfigured virtual machines with their trial software and interested users...

VMware virtual machines for the masses

VMware Inc. just announced the release of their new product VMware Player. VMware Player can be downloaded for free and lets anyone use preconfigured virtual machines without buying VMware Workstation. For those who do not know what VMware Workstation is, it’s a...

Testing software on multiple platforms

For a welcome change from testing the upcoming SmartInspect release, I decided to write some notes about how we test our software on multiple platforms. Let’s begin with the simpler part, the SmartInspect Console. Since the tests for the Console are currently...