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where within the vcenter appliance, could you see:

a) version of the vcenter appliance?
b) version and build number for each host?

could anyone provide a screenshot?
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Abhilash earned 2000 total points
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@Andrew,
Are you even reading the questions?

@pma111
You can see it under the update tab of appliance
appliance
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is it not just listed anywhere in the inventory views...
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by:pma111
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hi Abhilash Hb

are you using the web client in the above screenshot?

and how about getting the version for the hosts?
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by:Abhilash
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No its a screenshot of vcenter appliance admin portal which can be reached at http://vcenter-appliabce-ip:5480/

For hosts you will have to login into the vSphere client and check.
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where would you check within the vsphere client, a screenshot would be great.
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by:Abhilash
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Here's a screenshot to check the host version in vsphere client
host version
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Select Help > About

help abouit
this shows vSphere Client version, and the Version of vSphere vCenter Server.
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by:pma111
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and you can tell from that build number if its behind on security patches or not? or isnt it that simple?
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by:Abhilash
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@Andrew, Again. wrong screenshot.
I should stop doing this right?
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by:Abhilash
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Yes with every patch, the build number changes.
And the ISO also will say ESXi x.x patch xx
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it shows the version of the vCenter Server (appliance).
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by:Abhilash
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The question was to see it "within the appliance".
And i will stop. Sorry.
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by:pma111
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so if I provided a build number, you could provide a rough guide on just how out of date the system is in terms of patches?
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Yes, no problems, post the build number.
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by:Abhilash
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You don't have to come to us for it at all.
Check this KB and see which patch you need and you are missing
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1014508
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I will first thing tommorow.

How does the numerical sequence work though..... say for arguments if you'd applied some of the latest patches, but missed a batch of patches from say 6 months ago. How can you see just from a number that theres some recent patches have indeed been applied but there was a gap 6 months previously where many werent and still havent been applied.
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by:Abhilash
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The patches always include the previous ones. If you did not apply patch 1 and you went to patch 3 its totally fine.
Just see the list i gave you. Do not get confused.
Its not like Vmware releases a patch everyday. If you follow the community or RSS feeds or blogs you will definitely know.
Check out for such updates on my blog

Edited: Link Removed to Personal Blog

Andrew Hancock
VMware Zone Advisor
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Many Thanks
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by:Abhilash
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Sure. No issues. Did not know that policy.
And i get enough traffic. It was to help others. Thanks anyway.
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I got it.
I understand.
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