PHD Virtual Releases New Freeware Solution: Patch Downloader v6.0

by Patrick Redknap on June 24, 2009

logo2PHD Virtual Technologies, provider of the pioneering esXpress data protection and recovery solution for virtual machines, today announced availability of Patch Downloader version 6.0, a new freeware solution to simplify patch downloading for various VMware ESX versions.

Patch Downloader is the fifth free virtualization utility to be offered by PHD Virtual as part of its longstanding commitment to the virtualization community.

Patch Downloader v6.0 eases the pain of downloading patches for various ESX versions from the VMware support site by automating the process for users that cannot use the VMware Update Manager. Now, rather than downloading each patch manually through a Java Download manager, VMware administrators can simply select the version of ESX from the Patch Downloader drop down menu, and select the file repository (including folder, drive map, SMB share, etc.) to download the patches to. The new freeware solution will list all of the available patches and information about the patches including severity of the problem it corrects, what the impact on VM/Host uptime is, and a description of the problem fixed. Downloads of selected patches are performed with a simple click making it easy to keep the ESX patch repository up to date.

“Performing manual ESX patch downloading can make it easy to miss a needed patch and it can also be painfully slow to locate and select the patches you need,” said Alex Mittell, director of engineering, PHD Virtual. “As part of our ongoing commitment to the community of virtual enterprise users we’ve added the new Patch Downloader to our set of freeware solutions designed to enhance the management of VMware ESX environments. As a result, anyone can easily ensure that their ESX patch repository is current.”

logo_esxpress_largeAlso available on the PHD Virtual website is a full-featured trial download of the company’s award winning, scalable esXpress data recovery and data protection solution for virtual IT. esXpress v3.5 uniquely uses the virtual environment to backup itself without requiring any additional hardware or software, making it the most scalable and cost effective VMware backup solution on the market.

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