Tag Archives: Update

What's inside VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 2

VMware has just released vSphere 6.0 Update 2. Together with the Updates, the following product updates were released today:

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 3 Released

VMware has just released vSphere 5.5 Update 3. Together with the Updates, the following products were released today:

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VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 1 Released

VMware has just released vSphere 6.0 Update 1. Together with the Updates, the following products were released today:

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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 »

vCenter Server 5.5 January 2015 Update (5.5 U2d)

VMware has published an update for vCenter Server 5.5.

Product: VMware vCenter Server 5.5
Release date: January 27, 2015
Version: 5.5 Update 2d
Build (Windows): 2442329
Build (Installer): 2442328
Build (Appliance): 2442330

The Update resolves 16 issues including the following: Read more »

Patch ESXi to a Specific Version with the Command-line

This post describes how to patch an ESXi host to a specific version with the command-line. It is highly recommended to use the vSphere Update Manager (VUM) for patch management, but there are some cases where you need an alternative. It's probably noting you would do in production, but you might need a specific version to reproduce problems or to comply with policies.

In this example, I am going to patch a standalone ESXi 5.5 host with internet access to build number 2068190. The host is currently running ESXi 5.5.0 Build 2302651. (It's a downgrade)

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Create an ESXi ISO that contains all Patches

VMware does only provide installable ISO files for updates (Bold entries of my ESXi Build List), not for patches. This post explains how you can quickly create an installable that contains all patches.

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ESXi Release and Build Numbers - December Update

Updates for ESXi 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5 have been published at the beginning of December. All Updates are now listed at my VMware ESXi Release and Build Number History.

The latest versions are now:

  • ESXi 5.5 Build 2302651
  • ESXi 5.1 Build 2323236
  • ESXi 5.0 Build 2312428

ESXi 5.0 does now have the Mem.ShareForceSalting option. This additional Transparent Page Sharing management capabilities are also present in 5.1 and 5.5 since October. The option disallows inter-VM TPS to mitigate a security concern.

What's New in vSphere 5.5 Update 2

On 2014-09-09 VMware released a bunch of new versions, including vSphere 5.5 Update 2.

  • ESXi 5.5 U2 supports hosts with up to 6TB of RAM
  • vCenter Server 5.5 U2 support for Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • vSphere Client (C# Client) can now edit VM Hardware Version 10 - More Information here
  • The Customer Experience Improvement Program can be joined to send anonymous information to improve the quality, reliability, and functionality of VMware products - More Information here
  • Lots of fixed Issues

Release Notes:

vSphere 5.5 U2 C# Client can now edit Hardware Version 10 VMs

Slightly hidden in vSphere 5.5 Update 2 there is a new vSphere C# Client that can edit Virtual Machines running the latest Virtual Hardware (vmx-10). Instead of getting an error message when trying to edit Virtual Machines with Hardware Version 10 you can now reconfigure these machines with the legacy C# client. Understandably you can only edit pre-5.1 features. All 5.1/5.5 features are still only available with the vSphere Web Client.

With the vSphere Client you would usually see the following error message:

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