Lifecycle Manager 1.2 has just been posted on VMware's website. This release requires the new vCenter Orchestrator 4.1 so it runs on a 64-bit Operating system. Additionally, there is finally support for some of the new vSphere features that were not previously available for Lifecycle Manager users including:

  • Thin Provisioning
  • VMXNET3 Network Adapters
  • vNetwork Distributed Switch
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V support
  • Windows 7 Guest OS Customization
  • IE8 and Firefox 3.6.x support

If you're Lifecycle Manager (LCM) deployment has been customized, you'll most likely need to re-implement the customization if you wish to migrate to the new 1.2 release since it uses a different version of the vCenter plugin.