Posted by: Chris Barylick
Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2009, 07:49
Improved 3D graphics in Windows virtual machines.
Problems with Palm synchronization in Windows virtual machines — fixed.
Random disconnection of USB 1.1 devices in Linux virtual machines — fixed.
Invisibility of the text mouse pointer on black background in Windows virtual machines — fixed.
Problems with SMB shares in native Windows Boot Camp installations that have Parallels Tools installed — fixed.
Problems with Shared Networking on Snow Leopard host computers — fixed.
Virtualization software maker Parallels released Parallels Desktop for Mac build 3810 on Wednesday. The new version, a 174.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), contains the following fixes and changes:
Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 retails for US$79.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
Posted by: Tom Hesser
Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009, 14:08
Category: Apple, iPhone, Mac, Mobile, Server, Services, Software
Apple sent an announcement to developers last Thursday that the next seed for Snow Leopard was available for downloading. AppleInsider reported that this was the second beta of the software released this month and is labeled Mac OS X 10.6 build 10A335.
The new download is reported to also include a new version of 10.6 Snow Leopard Server which incorporates a number of new features. Some of the features mentioned, “[...] new junk mail filters in Mail Server, better automated account creation in Calendar Server, and completely re-written certificate management code”.
One of the developments that may be of interest to businesses that have, or want to deploy, a fleet of iPhones to their employees is the addition of the secure Mobile Access Server. The first hints of the new mobile services comes as a listing on Apple’s Developer site as one of the sessions available at WWDC called Deploying Mobile Access Server. The session has the following description:
Secure remote access to your business network has never been more critical than in today’s increasingly mobile world. The Mobile Access Server provides a path through a corporate firewall for IMAP, SMTP, HTTP, and CalDAV without using VPN. Learn about the features of, and deployment tips for, this powerful new service in Snow Leopard Server.
This comes in addition to features already mentioned such as remote access and control of mobile devices as well as push notifications. This positions OS X Server as a means to deliver intranet web services to iPhone and iPod touch users far more cost effectively than Microsoft Windows Server, and takes advantage of the popularity of the iPhone.
Posted by: Chris Barylick
Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009, 10:51
Host and guest clipboard: ﬁxed a number of issues affecting hosts and guests running the X window system.
Guest Additions: make sure the virtual mouse autodetection works on ﬁrst reboot after installing the Additions on X.Org server 1.5 and later.
Guest Additions: properly report process identity number of running services.
Guest Additions: clean up properly if the X Window server terminates.
Linux Additions: ﬁxed installation path for OpenGL libraries in some 64-bit guests (bug #3693).
Solaris Additions: ﬁxed installation to work when X.Org is not installed on the guest.
Solaris Additions: ﬁxed a bug that could panic the guest when unmounting a busy shared folder.
Windows Additions: ﬁxed mouse pointer integration of some Windows guests (2.2.0 regression, bug #3734).
Windows Additions: ﬁxed installation on Windows Server 2008 Core (bug #2628).
Main: do not try to use older versions of D-Bus (Linux hosts only, bug #3732).
VMM: ﬁxed out-of-memory conditions on Windows hosts (bug #3657).
VMM: ﬁxed occasional hangs when attaching USB devices during VM startup (2.2.0 regression; bugs #3787).
VMM: ﬁxed guru meditation related to memory management (software virtualization only).
Virtual disks: ﬁx possible data corruption when writing to diff images, incorrect detection of redundant writes.
GUI: reworked network settings dialog.
GUI: properly show the detailed settings dialog of NAT networks (bug #3702).
GUI: HostKey could not be changed (2.2.0 regression, bug #3689).
GUI: ﬁxed memory textﬁeld size (Windows hosts only; bug #3679).
GUI: ﬁxed crash when selecting a shared folder path (Windows hosts only; bugs #3694, #3751, #3756).
VBoxManage modifyhd –compact: implemented again for VDI ﬁles, and now supports relative paths (bug #2180, #2833).
VBoxManage snapshot discard: made it work again (2.1.0 regression; bug #3714).
NAT: on some Windows host, the guest didn’t receive a DHCP lease (bug #3655).
NAT: ﬁxed release assertion during poll() (bug #3667).
Clipboard: ﬁxed random crahes (X11 hosts only, bug #3723).
Shared Folders: ﬁxed incorrect permissions for Solaris guests.
Shared Folders: ﬁxed wrong ﬁle sizes with Solaris guests.
CBindings: ﬁxed possible memory leak while releasing the IVirtualBox and ISession Objects.
Solaris hosts: ﬁxed host-only network interface incompatibility with nwam/dhcpagent (bug #3754).
Windows installer: fixed several install and uninstall issues (bugs #3659, #3686, #1730, #3711, #3373, #3382, #3701, #3685, #3710).
Mac OS X hosts: preliminary support for Snow Leopard.
VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 2.2.2. The new version, a 57.9 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:
VirtualBox 2.2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.
Posted by: Chris Barylick
Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2009, 08:23
Resolves an issue where driverless printing stops working for users that run Mac OS X 10.5.6, and installed Apple Mac OS X Security Update 2009-001. The shared printers would disappear from Windows. If you configured your printer differently as a workaround, turn on driverless printing feature again by clicking Virtual Machine > Settings, selecting Printers, and selecting the Enabled check box.
Provides experimental support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server as a guest operating system. You can now run the current Snow Leopard Server builds (32-bit kernel) in a virtual machine.
Resolves an issue with driverless printing, where the Enabled check box on Virtual Machine > Settings > Printers might get deselected automatically.
Late Thursday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 2.0.3 of its Fusion software for the Mac.
Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.
The new version, a 286 megabyte download, offers the following new features and fixes:
The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$79.99.