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Top 20 Articles for February 2010

Here is our Top 20 KB list for February. This list is ranked by the number of times a Tech Support ticket was resolved by following the steps in a published Knowledgebase article.


Paul Maritz (CEO of VMWARE)

Paul Maritz (born 1955) is CEO of VMware Corporation (NYSE:VMW), and a past senior executive at Microsoft.

Born and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), his family later moved to South Africa where he was schooled at Highbury Preparatory School and Hilton College. He received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Natal, and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree, also in Computer Science, from the University of Cape Town in 1977.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finishing his graduate studies, Maritz had a programming job with Burroughs and later became a researcher at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, before moving to Silicon Valley in 1981 to join Intel.

He worked for Intel for five years, including developing early tools to help developers write software for the then-new x86 platform, before joining Microsoft in 1986.

From 1986 to 2000 he worked at Microsoft, leaving as executive vice president of the Platforms Strategy and Developer Group and part of the 5-person executive management team. He was often said to be the third-ranking executive, behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. He was responsible for essentially all of Microsoft’s desktop and server software, including such major initiatives as the development of Windows 95, Windows NT, and Internet Explorer.

He then founded, and was CEO of Pi Corporation, a company backed by Warburg Pincus. When this was acquired by EMC in February 2008, Maritz briefly became President and General Manager of EMC Corporation’s Cloud Computing division, before being appointed CEO of VMware (a public company majority-owned by EMC), on July 8, 2008 – replacing co-founder and CEO Diane Greene.

He sponsors third-world development projects and is the chairman of the board of the Grameen Foundation.

VMWARE History

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) is a provider of virtualization software. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Palo Alto, California. The Company is majority owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC).

VMware’s desktop software runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, while VMware’s enterprise software hypervisors for servers, VMware ESX and VMware ESXi are bare-metal embedded Hypervisors that run directly on server hardware without requiring an additional underlying operating system.

 

History:

In 1998, VMware was founded by Diane Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Devine, Edward Wang, and Edouard Bugnion. Greene and Rosenblum, who are married, first met while at Berkeley. Edouard Bugnion remained the chief architect and CTO of VMware until 2005, and went on to found Nuova Systems (now part of Cisco).

The company has its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, United States, and established an R&D Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as one at the Time Warner Center in New York City, in 2005. VMware software runs on Windows and on Linux, and made its debut on Mac OS X in December, 2006. Their customers include all 100 of the Fortune 100 companies.

VMware operated throughout 1998 in stealth mode with roughly 20 employees by the end of that year. The company was launched officially in February 1999 at the DEMO Conference organized by Chris Shipley.

VMware delivered its first product, VMware Workstation, in May 1999 and entered the server market in 2001 with VMware GSX Server (hosted) and VMware ESX Server (hostless).In 2003 VMware launched VMware Virtual Center, the VMotion and Virtual SMP technology. 64-bit support appeared in 2004. The company was also acquired by EMC Corporation that same year for $625 million.

In June 2006, VMware acquired privately-held Akimbi Systems.

In August 2007, EMC Corporation released 10% of the company’s shares in VMware in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock debuted at 29 USD per share and closed the day at 51 USD.

On July 8, 2008, VMware co-founder, president and CEO Diane Greene was unexpectedly fired by the VMware Board of Directors and replaced by Paul Maritz, a retired 14-year Microsoft veteran who was heading EMC’s cloud computing business unit.[14] In the same news release VMware stated that 2008 revenue growth will be “modestly below the previous guidance of 50% growth over 2007.” As a result, market price of VMware dropped nearly 25%. Then on September 10, 2008, Rosenblum, the company’s chief scientist, resigned from VMware.

On September 16, 2008, VMware announced that they are collaborating with Cisco to provide joint data center solutions. One of the first results of this is the Cisco Nexus 1000V, a distributed virtual software switch that will be an integrated option in the VMware infrastructure.

VMware acquired Tungsten Graphics, a company with core expertise in 3D graphics driver development on November 26, 2008.

On August 10, 2009, VMware announced the acquisition of SpringSource, a leader in enterprise and web application development and management. The acquisition is seen by the industry as a strategic move of VMware to become a leader in offering Platform as a Service (PaaS). The acquisition also resulted in the expansion of VMware’s education services portfolio by the inclusion of SpringSource University and its authorized training partner – SpringPeople Technologies.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, VMware acquired Zimbra, an open-source collaboration software tool, from Yahoo.

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, VMware acquired GemStone, to be operated under VMware’s SpringSource division.

Converter Releases

Version Release Date Build # Download Link Release Notes Link
4.3 2010-08-30 292238 Download Release Notes
4.0.1 2009-05-21 161434 Download Release Notes
4.0 2009-02-12 146302 Download Release Notes
3.0.3 2008-05-06 89816 Download Release Notes
3.0.2 Update 1 2007-12-03 62456 Download Release Notes
3.0.2 2007-10-18 59994 Download Release Notes
3.0.1 2007-04-26 44840 Download Release Notes
3.0 2007-01-30 39557 Download Release Notes
P2V Assistant
2.1.2 2006-09-21 31118 Download Release Notes
2.1.1 2006-04-06 22603 Download Release Notes
2.1 2005-10-20 17455 Download Release Notes
2.0.3 2005-07-01 14530 Download Release Notes
2.0 2004-08-26 9774 Download Release Notes
1.0.1 2003-10-14 5606 Download Release Notes
Virtual Machine Importer
2.0 2006-10-02 30557 Download Release Notes
1.5 2005-11-29 18430 Download Release Notes
1.0 2005-04-07 12997 Download Release Notes

Consolidated Backup Releases

Version Release Date Build # Download Link Release Notes Link
1.5 Update 2 2010-03-11 226297 Download Release Notes
1.5 Update 1 2009-05-21 150805 Download Release Notes
1.5 2008-07-25 102898 Download Release Notes
1.1 Update 1 2008-10-03 118380 Download Release Notes
1.1 2007-12-10 64559 Download Release Notes
1.0.3 Update 1 2007-10-31 58377 Download Release Notes
1.0.3 2007-07-31 51389 Download Release Notes
1.0.2 Update 1 2007-10-31 58854 Download Release Notes
1.0.2 2007-04-05 42090 Download Release Notes
1.0.1 2006-10-02 32040 Download Release Notes
1.0 2006-06-15 27703 Download Release Notes

VMware Data Recovery Releases

Version Release Date Build # Download Link Release Notes Link
1.2.1 2011-03-18 369570 Download Release Notes
1.2 2010-06-10 260251 Download Release Notes
1.1 2009-11-19 207380 Download Release Notes
1.0.2 2009-09-09 188925 Download Release Notes
1.0.1 2009-07-09 176771 Download Release Notes
1.0 2009-05-21 164675 Download Release Notes

vShield Zones Releases

Version Release Date Build # Download Link Release Notes Link
4.1 Update 1 2010-10-21 310451 Download Release Notes
4.1 2010-08-30 287872 Download Release Notes
1.0 Update 1 2009-12-21 216288 Download Release Notes
1.0 2009-05-21 R1.0G68 Download Release Notes

vCenter Server (Virtual Center) Releases

Version Release Date Build # Download Link Release Notes Link
4.1 Update 1 2011-02-10 345042 Download Release Notes
4.1 2010-07-13 259021 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 3 2011-05-05 387869 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 2 2010-06-09 264050 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 1 2009-11-19 208156 Download Release Notes
4.0 2009-05-21 162902 Download Release Notes
2.5 Update 6 2010-01-29 227666 Download Release Notes
2.5 Update 5 2009-07-10 174791 Download Release Notes
2.5 Update 4 2009-02-23 147658 Download Release Notes
2.5 Update 3 2008-10-03 119598 Download Release Notes
2.5 Update 2 2008-07-25 104263 Download Release Notes
2.5 Update 1 2008-04-10 84767 Download Release Notes
2.5 2007-12-10 64201 Download Release Notes
2.0.2 Update 5 2008-08-08 104182 Download Release Notes
2.0.2 Update 4 2008-05-30 89601 Download Release Notes
2.0.2 Update 3 2008-02-15 75762 Download Release Notes
2.0.2 Update 2 2007-11-08 62327 Download Release Notes
2.0.2 Update 1 2007-10-29 61426 Download Release Notes
2.0.2 2007-07-19 50618 Download Release Notes
2.0.1 Patch 2 2007-02-28 40644 Download Release Notes
2.0.1 Patch 1 2006/11/16 33643 Download Release Notes
2.0.1 2006/10/02 32042 Download Release Notes
2.0 2006/06/15 27704 Download Release Notes
1.4.1 Patch 2 2007/01/25 36208 Download Release Notes
1.4.1 Patch 1 2006/11/16 33425 Download Release Notes
1.4.1 2006/09/28 30780 Download Release Notes
1.4 2006/07/10 28235 Download Release Notes
1.3.1 Patch 2 2006/12/07 35640 Download Release Notes
1.3.1 Patch 1 2006/03/23 22214 Download Release Notes
1.3.1 2005/12/22 18881 Download Release Notes
1.3 2005/09/22 16701 Download Release Notes
1.2 Patch 1 2005/02/24 12684 Download Release Notes
1.2 2004/12/01 11392 Download Release Notes
1.1 2004/08/06 9544 Download Release Notes

ESXi Installable Releases

Version Release Date Build # Download Link Release Notes Link
4.1 Update 1 2011-02-10 348481 Download Release Notes
4.1 2010-07-13 260247 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 3 2011-05-05 398348 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 2 2010-06-10 261974 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 1 2009-11-19 208167 Download Release Notes
4.0 2009-05-21 164009 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 5 2009-12-03 207095 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 4 2009-03-30 153875 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 3 2008-11-06 123629 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 2 (Emerg. Fix) 2008-08-13 110271 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 2 (Orig.) 2008-07-25 103909 N/A N/A
3.5 Update 1 2008-04-10 82664 Download Release Notes
3.5 2008-01-10 70348 Download Release Notes

ESX Releases:

Version Release Date Build # Download Link Release Notes Link
4.1 Update 1 2011-02-10 348481 Download Release Notes
4.1 2010-07-13 260247 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 3 2011-05-05 398348 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 2 2010-06-10 261974 Download Release Notes
4.0 Update 1 2009-11-19 208167 Download Release Notes
4.0 2009-05-21 164009 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 5 2009-12-03 207095 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 4 2009-03-30 153875 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 3 2008-11-06 123630 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 2 (Emerg. Fix) 2008-08-13 110268 Download Release Notes
3.5 Update 2 (Orig.) 2008-07-25 103908 N/A N/A
3.5 Update 1 2008-04-10 82663 Download Release Notes
3.5 2007-12-10 64607 Download Release Notes
3.0.3 2008-08-08 104629 Download Release Notes
3.0.2 Update 1 2007-10-29 61618 Download Release Notes
3.0.2 2007-07-31 52542 Download Release Notes
3.0.1 2006-10-06 32039 Download Release Notes
3.0 2006-06-15 27701 Download Release Notes
2.5.5 2007-10-08 57619 Download Release Notes
2.5.4 2006-10-5 32233 Download Release Notes
2.5.3 2006-4-13 22981 Download Release Notes
2.5.2 2005-9-15 16390 Download Release Notes
2.5.1 2005-6-20 14182 N/A N/A
2.5.0 2004-11-29 11343 Download Release Notes
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