Tag Archives: 5.0

vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 End of Support 2016-08-24

vsphere-5Today, 5 years after the release vSphere 5.0 and vSphere 5.1, end of support for both products has been reached and enters the technical guidance phase starts.

If not are not aware of the EOS, I encourage you to use my VMware Product End Of Support Countdown to keep an eye on EOS dates (It also supports ics based calendar reminders).

Currently, the only fully supported versions are

  • vSphere 5.5
  • vSphere 6.0

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Script to verify ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 support

End of Support for vSphere 5.0 & 5.1 is reached soon. Use the following script to verify that you ESXi hosts are supported for 5.5 and 6.0. The script generated the following output that explains which releases are supported for all ESXi hosts connected to the vCenter.supported-releases Read more »

vSphere 5.0 & 5.1 End of Support soon - Upgrade your ESXi Hosts

hcl-60You might be aware that General Support for VMware vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 ends in about 4 weeks at August 24th. If not, I encourage you to use my VMware Product End Of Support Countdown to keep an eye on EOS dates (It also supports ics based calendar reminders).

If you are not running on ESXi 5.5 or ESXi 6.0, it is time to upgrade now. Prior to upgrade, please check VMware Compatibility Guide (HCL) to verify that your server is supported for the targeted vSphere release.

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vCenter Server 5.0/5.1 Update - CVE-2014-6593 (SKIP-TLS)

vcenter-server-logoVMware has published an update for vCenter Server 5.0 and 5.1 where CVE-2014-6593 (SKIP-TLS) has been fixed.

It was discovered that the SSL/TLS implementation in the JSSE component in OpenJDK failed to properly check whether the ChangeCipherSpec was received during the SSL/TLS connection handshake. A man-in-the-middle attacker could possibly use this flaw to force a connection to be established without encryption being enabled. The update has been already fixed in newer versions of vCenter Server (6.0a, 5.5 Update 2e). More information are available in VMSA-2015-0003. Read more »

ESXi 5.0 February 2015 Patch (Build 2509828)

VMware has published a patch for ESXi 5.0.

Product: VMware ESXi 5.0
Release date: February 26, 2015
Patch: ESXi500-201502001
Build: 2509828
Build (security only): 2486588
Links: KB2101910 | Download

The update resolves 14 issues including the following: Read more »

VMware ESXi 5.x E1000 PSOD Issue

Even though the bug has been fixed I still see it to come up. ESXi 5.x has two issues that might cause the ESXi host to fail with a purple diagnostic screen. Both PSOD look very similiar:


#PF Exception 14 in world wwww:WorldName IP 0xnnnnnnnn addr 0x0
0xnnnnnnnn:[0xnnnnnnnn]E1000PollRxRing@vmkernel#nover+ 0xdb9


#PF Exception 14 in world wwww:WorldName IP 0xnnnnnnnn addr 0x0

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Studying for VCAP5-DCA? Consolidated Resources Page

Are you currently studying for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Datacenter Administration Certification and do not know where to start? Here you can find consolidated informations to to pass the VDCA510 exam. Good Luck!

VCAP5-DCA Consolidated Resources

vSphere Build Number Release History - PDF Format

I really like tables because you can visualize everythng better. If you know this blog I am sure that you already know my ESXi and ESX build lists. I've just updated both and published another table: Configuration Maximums, that is a comparison between all configuration maximums since ESX 1.

Another cool document I want to share is my VMware vSphere Release and Build Number History PDF Format. I'm often sitting in front of an ESXi Host thinking "Oh, wich version was that build number please? And when has it been patched the last time?". This list really helps me out. Feel free to print and share!

I am going to keep this list up to date. Please subscribe if you always want to have the latest version.

vSphere Health Check Report with ESXi 5.x (Minimum Permissions)

If you are using VMware vSphere Health Check Report v5.0.2 by William Lam in your environment you might get incomplete reports after upgrading to vSphere 5.x. This applies only when you use the script with minimal privileges set. The report is broken (missing VM and Host information) and running the script with --debug 1 throws an error message. Read more »

Homelab Upgrade – 16GB Memory with HP N40L Microserver

There have been many rumors about the N40L supporting 8GB modules which enables the server to use up to 16GB of memory. This would be a great enhancement, especially with the new vSphere 5.1 where the many appliances requiring more physical memory.  First of all, the 8GB modules are not supported by HP so upgrade at your own risk.

I picked together all the modules which have been successfully tested with the HP N40L MicroServer: Read more »