Solved

Patching vCenter server

Posted on 2013-02-01
4
664 Views
Last Modified: 2013-02-19
How are patches to the vCenter server itself handled? How can I check for and apply patches to it?
0
Comment
Question by:Thaidog
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 119

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 38845511
They are issued approximetely every six months, usually at the same time that a U1, U2 patch is issued for ESXi.

Unless there is a major security flaw, not as often as ESXi patches, which can be applied via Update Manager.

You would check the Build Number and match it against the Download Location, download the *.iso or *.zip file, and perform an in-place upgrade. (e.g. run the setup program)
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:danm66
ID: 38847898
they are typically not called patches, per se, just upgrades.  rule of thumb is to have your vcenter version as high or higher than your hosts.  e.g. if your hosts are V5 U1, then your vcenter server should at least be V5 U1 and if you wanted to upgrade your hosts to V5.1, then upgrade your VC to 5.1 first.

you can go to http://support.vmware.com/selfsupport/subscription and login with your VMware account to get notices of product updates/alerts.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Thaidog
ID: 38847952
So there are no "minor versions" in between 5.0 and 5.1?
0
 
LVL 119

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 38848364
Yes, there are

5.0.0 - Build Number:456005
5.0.0 U1 - Build Number:639890
5.0.0 U1b - Build Number:804276
5.0.0 U2 - Build Number:923238
5.1.0
5.1.0a - Build Number:880471
5.1.0b -Build Number:947939

Check your Build by selecting Help > About VMware vSphere in the vSphere Client, this shows the Build Version of Client and vCenter Server you are connected to:-

Build-Versions
As you can see from the example screenshot above, I'm connected to a 5.0.0 vCenter Server (original release Build 455964)

althroug with release of v5.x, they are been some updates, rather than upgrade releases because of bugs in the code, hence why we have for the first time a and b versions! as well as U1, U2 etc
0

Featured Post

Does Powershell have you tied up in knots?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If we need to check who deleted a Virtual Machine from our vCenter. Looking this task in logs can be painful and spend lot of time, so the best way to check this is in the vCenter DB. Just connect to vCenter DB(default DB should be VCDB and using…
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 6.5 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell.
This tutorial will give a short introduction and overview of Backup Exec 2012 and how to navigate and perform basic functions. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as conne…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to install and configure the Windows Server Backup Utility. Directly connect an external storage device such as a USB drive, or CD\DVD burner: If the device is a USB drive, ensure i…

832 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question