Did you know that VMware is now offering email patch notifications for all of its products? From that page:

 

With this service, you will immediately be sent an email alert as soon as a patch or maintenance release becomes available on the VMware products you’ve purchased.

How does this work?  You can initiate this activity by selecting the Receive Patch/Maintenance Alerts link from our Support home page, providing your email address, and then, after verifying that we’ve got the right contact, you can select the product/s you would like notification on by selecting “Confirm Subscription” from within the email confirmation we will send you.

 

So click on the Receive Patch/Maintenance Alerts link. From there, you put in your email address. You'll soon get an email from vmwareteam@connect.vmware.com sent to your email where you click through to a form. There you can select different VMware products like so:

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Note that you won't get announcements about major releases, only about patch releases and maintenance releases. (We send out major release announcements to large swaths of our ecosystem. Let me know if it would be convenient to get major release announcements coming out through these patch mailing lists as well.)

 

Anyway, when there is a patch release, you'll get another nice email from vmwareteam like this:


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Subject: ESX Server 2.5.4/ 2.5.5 New Patches Available Release Date: 01/31/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

New patches are available for ESX Server 2.5.4 and 2.5.5. Please follow the instructions on the appropriate patch download page.

VMware ESX Server 2.5.4 Patch Download Page [http://www.vmware.com/download/esx/esx2_patches.html?elq=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]

Upgrade Patch 15 (Security): fixes an issue with Samba, Python and the aacraid SCSI Driver. Fixes an issue with the reporting of the sysObjectId value by SNMP agents

VMware ESX Server 2.5.5 Patch Download Page [http://www.vmware.com/download/esx/esx2_patches.html?elq=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]

Upgrade Patch 4 (Security): fixes an issue with Samba, Python and the aacraid SCSI Driver. Fixes an issue with the reporting of the sysObjectId value by SNMP agents

We expect the next patch release in late February 2008. If you have any questions, please contact support at 877-4-VMWARE.

Regards,
The VMware Team

 

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