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Update to Vmware vCenter 5.1 Update 1 or later

the Nessus is recommending "Update to Vmware vCenter 5.1 Update 1 or later"

our Vmware vCenter as well as Vsphere client are both 5.1.0.

Now I wonder if the upgrade of Vcenter is straight forward, just download 5.1.1 and install it on top of 5.1.0 and do the same for Vsphere client.
I also wonder if this will impact any of the VMs or ESXs, which I doubt it .

Any help will be very much appreciated

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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5.1 U1 is quite easy to deploy.

Insert the CDROM/ISO, and Click Simple Install, and it will update and upgrade the single components required

It takes about 5-7 minutes to complete.

It will not impact any Virtual Machines, or ESXi!

(however we have had issues, where a new version of vCenter updates the HA Agents on the ESXi servers, and breaks them!), but this does not occur with ALL the updates we've done, about 50% of them!
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Also, keep in mind that if you have several VMware products connected to vCenter there is a very specific order in which components should be upgraded as described on VMware's KBA Update sequence for vSphere 5.1 Update 1 and its compatible VMware products (2037630)

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2037630

Also, keep this handy http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc/GUID-18B7B4BB-C24A-49CD-AE76-13285157B29F.html this is the official Upgrade Documentation Guide for vSphere 5.1

Last, but not least, these are the Release Notes with all the changes included on this update https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esxi-51u1-release-notes.html
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by:jskfan
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The upgrade from 5.1.0 to 5.1.1
I thought it is just an Update..
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It is, just a patch release.

it's actually VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0 Update 2 and modules

from the Release Notes

You can perform in-place upgrades on 64-bit systems from vCenter Server 4.x, vCenter Server 5.0.x, vCenter Server 5.1, vCenter Server 5.1.0a, vCenter Server 5.1.0b, vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1a, vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1b, and vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1c to vCenter Server 5.1 Update 2. You cannot upgrade an instance of vCenter Server 4.x that is running on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.

Release Notes are here

Source
https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-51u2-release-notes.html
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So is there a link where to download/install the update ?
Is it something like Windows or Linux just install updates from internet ?
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You need to download the ISO, insert ISO into VM?

Run Setup from cdrom media.

download is here

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=285&downloadGroup=VCL-VSP510-VC-51U2
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I have downloaded the iso image.

Now I guess I should extract it for instance with Poweriso, then run setup…. Correct ?
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So if I extract the iso  to the Vcenter server  (which is VM) and run setup, it will not work ?
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Thank you Guys!
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