vCenter Change Control

1) Do you put all patch updates released for esxi through a formal change control process?
2) Is there an easy way perhaps in vcenter to see the dates patches had been applied to esxi hosts (to help track back to change control system to ensure it went through change control)
3) do you have the luxury of test esxi hosts to test the updates on before applying to production servers
4) have you every experienced any issues with applying esxi patches to production systems?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Yes, we test ALL updates, patches, or upgrades, on NON-Production servers, before they are introduced before we upgrade a single host in the cluster, when this has been successful, and has no issues for two weeks, we then upgrade all hosts. As for Change Control, we have a rollback plan, to rollback the change.

2. The Build Number available, e.g. ESXi 5.5.0, 1746974 indicates this is Update 1. This can be found in the Patch portal, also you can inspect the VIBs in the ESXi build at the console.

3. Yes, see 1.

4. Yes. This is common, we have had issues with iSCSI, Pink Screen of Deaths, Network Card issues, Lack of drivers for storage controllers, storage controller issues with disks.
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pma111Author Commented:
in relation to 4, how do you get around this, i.e revert to backup and not apply the patch again? or report the issues to vmware and hope they drebug their updates?
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pma111Author Commented:
for 2, I appreicate this lists current build, I was more after a patch history log to show what  patches were applied on what date....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
2.) esxcli software vib list at the console will show the following patches and install date

Name                           Version                                Vendor    Acceptance Level  Install Date
-----------------------------  -------------------------------------  --------  ----------------  ------------
misc-cnic-register             1.78.1.v55.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611      Broadcom  VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
net-bnx2                       2.2.3t.v55.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611      Broadcom  VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
net-bnx2x                      1.78.28.v55.2-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611     Broadcom  VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
net-cnic                       1.78.12.v55.6-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611     Broadcom  VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
net-tg3                        3.133d.v55.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611      Broadcom  VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
scsi-bnx2fc                    1.78.16.v55.4-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611     Broadcom  VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
scsi-bnx2i                     2.78.11.v55.4-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611     Broadcom  VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
dell-configuration-vib         5.5-0A01                               Dell      PartnerSupported  2013-12-11
dell-eql-host-connection-mgr   1.2.0-352701                           Dell      VMwareAccepted    2013-12-17
dell-eql-hostprofile           1.2.0-352701                           Dell      VMwareAccepted    2013-12-17
dell-eql-routed-psp            1.2.0-352701                           Dell      VMwareAccepted    2013-12-17
elxnet                         10.0.575.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611        Emulex    VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
ima-be2iscsi                   4.6.261.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611         Emulex    VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
lpfc                           10.0.575.8-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611        Emulex    VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
scsi-be2iscsi                  4.6.261.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611         Emulex    VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
net-igb                        4.2.16.8-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611          Intel     VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
net-ixgbe                      3.18.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611            Intel     VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
scsi-mpt2sas                   16.00.01.00.1vmw-1OEM.550.0.0.1198610  LSI       VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
NetAppNasPlugin                1.0-21                                 NetApp    VMwareAccepted    2014-09-25
ima-qla4xxx                    500.2.01.31-1vmw.0.3.040121            QLogic    VMwareCertified   2013-12-11
net-qlcnic                     5.5.164-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611           QLogic    VMwareCertified   2013-12-11


4). We rollback, to the previous version. We then test this build if available in isolation, to check and confirm the issue, and then escalate to VMware Support.
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