Mac OS X 10.5.5 Available for Download Now

The following news, courtesy of Gizmodo showed up in my RSS Reader – original story here.

Mac OS X 10.5.5 update just hit Software update, and has a laundry list of fixes for not just the OS core, but apps like iCal and Mail, as well as the MobileMe and Time Machine services. TUAW got a heads up from it’s readers, and shortly after, it popped up in our Software Update. Check out the update list below. [Apple via TUAW]

What’s included?

General

* Includes recent Apple security updates.
* Addresses stability issues with video playback, processor core idling, and remote disc sharing for MacBook Air.
* Addresses an issue in which some Macs could unexpectedly power on at the same time each day.
* Resolves a stability issue in TextEdit that could be found when accessing the color palette.
* Improves Spotlight indexing performance.
* Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices.
* Improves iPhone sync reliability with iCal and Address Book.
* Includes improvements to Active Directory (see this article for more information).
* Improves Speech Dictionary.
* Fixes Kerberos authentication issues for Mac OS X 10.5 clients that connect to certain Samba servers, such as Mac OS X Server version 10.4.
* Includes extensive graphics enhancements.

Address Book

* Addresses stability issues that may occur when creating a Smart Group.
* Resolves a printing issue with address cards containing information that spans more than one page.

Disk Utility and Directory Utility

* Improves reliability when rebuilding a software mirror RAID volume in Disk Utility.
* Improves reliability of server status displayed in Directory Utility.

iCal

* Updates iCal to more accurately handle repeating events.
* Improves performance when choosing meeting attendees.
* Resolves an issue in which the “Refresh All” option may be dimmed (“grayed out”) in the contextual menu for certain calendars.
* Fixes issues with read-only calendars.
* Addresses an issue that prevents an invitee from moving an event to a different calendar.
* Resolves an issue with syncing published calendars.

Mail

* Addresses performance issues related to displaying IMAP messages.
* Resolves an issue with SMTP settings for AIM, Compuserve, Hanmail, Yahoo!, and Time Warner Road Runner email accounts.
* Addresses stability issues that may occur when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
* Addresses an issue with the “Organized by Thread” view in which the date does not appear when the thread is collapsed.
* Resolves an issue in which RSS feeds could temporarily disappear from the sidebar.
* Improves Mail robustness when sending messages.
* Improves reliability when saving drafts that have attachments.

MobileMe

* Improves overall sync reliability.
* Improves Back to My Mac reliability.

Time Machine

* Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.
* Addresses performance issues that may affect initial and in-progress backups.
* Fixes an issue in which an incorrect alert message could appear stating that a backup volume does not have enough free space.
* Time Machine can now back up iPhone backups that are on your Mac, as well as other items in (~/Library/Application Support).

How to Patch Vmware ESXi 3.5 Update 2 using RCLI

If your like me and are running the newly free VMware ESX 3.5 Update 2 you’ve probably heard by now about the notorious bug that caused vmware servers to stop booting and completing vmotion on August 12th, 2008.

When I heard about the issue I took care not to shut down my server and earlier today Vmware finalized it’s patch to correct it.  I started researching the udpate process for my server and because vmware would really like you to be using their VMware Infrastructure they’ve left it a bit tricky to update a client in a standalone environment.

To start with you’ll need to obtain the VMWare ESXi RCLI (Remote Command Line Interface).  Vmware ESXi does not contain the normal console VM like ESX does and does not allow SSH or command line access by default so the RCLI is your way to perform some of these more advanced functions.

Next download the VMware ESXi 3.5 Patch Here.

Before applying the patch place your server into maintenance mode – to do so launch the vmware infrastructure client and suspend or shutdown any guests.  Right click on the host and select enter maintenance mode.

Launch command line from the Vmware menu in your start menu (in linux launch terminal)

Next Enter:
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware VI Remote CLI\bin>vihostupdate.pl –server 10.10.10.10 -i -b C:\ESXe350-20080712-0-BG.zip

Enter your username and password when prompted.

You should see ouput as it unpacks the bundle and as it uploads the packages to the server.  If your watching in the infrastructure client you’ll see the install progress.

Once finished the command window prompted for a server reboot – typing yes initiates it.  After the reboot completes your server should be corrected.