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esxi build and vmware tools support

1) can anyone give a pointer on how out of date (patch wise) esxi 5.0.0. 623860 build is? i.e. how many months worth of patches are missing?

2) when querying vcenter for guests, it lists vmware tools running status (where you get "current" "out of date" "unsupported" etc. can anyone give a laymans guide on the risks in running unsupported versions of vmware tools, and the benefits of ensuring you run the latest version of vmware tools on each guest.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Your version is VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1, released on 2012-03-15, current version is 5.0.0 Patch 12, which was released on Jan 23 2014, and it's build 1489271.

2. Risk of running out-of-date VMware Tools, is mainly support for the current Host OS, and Bug Fixes, which have been fixed in VMware Tools.
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pma111Author Commented:
so essentially for 1 they are massively behind on patch status?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it's quite old, that version is 5.0.0 U1, current is 5.0.0 U3, with Patch 12.

But we still run, 5.0.0 Patch 7, Build 768111, and so do our customers, this is why we have it in our labs for testing client systems.

It depends, if you require the new patches, new fixes, bug fixes,

are you at risk using 5.0.0 U1?

rather than using 5.0.0 U3, with Patch 12?

e.g. Security Risks, with exploits.
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pma111Author Commented:
as a rule, how regularly do vmware release patches for esxi? i.e. 10 sets per year?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
They try to release 1 per quarter, e.g. Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4.

Unless, there is an issue with the code, and new versions of vSphere, sometimes there could be more.

e.g. ESXi 5.0

2011 - 3 patches
2012 - 7 patches
2013 - 4 patches
2014 - 1 patch

e.g. ESXi 5.1

2012 - 2 patches
2013 - 5 patches
2014 - 1 patch

e.g. ESXi 5.5

2014 - 1 patch
2013 - 2 patches
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