What do all the VCSA versions correspond to?

What are the differences in the VCSA versions and patches?

I have VCSA 6.5 U1e installed.

I see there is now a
•      vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1g
•      vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1g  Update
•      VC-6.5.0U1g-Appliance patch

What version should I use to move to from U1e to U1g?

Almost looks like the Windows version a lot more stable then VCSA?

Since this is a test and dev system with no users,  I was thinking of just reinstalling and going that route since I have Windows Serve 2016.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Almost looks like the Windows version a lot more stable then VCSA?
- is that a joke ?

Eventually vCenter Server for Windoze, will come to and end, and be phased out!

What are the differences in the VCSA versions and patches?

they address  critical issues and security fixes, and all the information is available in the patch portal

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search

VC-6.5.0U1g-Appliance
VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.15000-8024368-patch-FP.iso

Patch for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 with bug fixes. For more information, see http://kb.vmware.com/kb/52789
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sjniiiAuthor Commented:
So, is the process to go from VCSA U1e to U1g, .....

     apply vCenter Server 6.5 Appliance Update 1g  Bundle (1.62 gb zip) followed by VC-6.5.0U1g-Appliance patch  
      to the VCMA 6.5 U1e version?

or

    just install the Center Server 6.5 Appliance Update 1g (3.36 gb ISO)
    to the VCMA 6.5 U1e version?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you already have the appliance apply patch

If you don't already have the appliance install full version
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sjniiiAuthor Commented:
ok,

I have VCMA 6.5 U1e installed.

What is the difference between ...
    VCMA U1g Update (VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.15000-8024368-updaterepo.zip)
    described in the "Read More"
   Use this package to update from VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 to VMware vCenter Server 6.5U1g Appliance
and
   VCMA U1g patch (VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.15000-8024368-patch-FP.iso)
 

Almost looks like I need to apply VCMA U1g Update followed by VCMA U1g patch
or is  
VCMA U1g Update only used to go from the very first release of VCMA 6.5 (2/2/17) to the current U1g?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:


ok,

I have VCMA 6.5 U1e installed.

What is the difference between ...
    VCMA U1g Update (VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.15000-8024368-updaterepo.zip)
    described in the "Read More"
   Use this package to update from VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 to VMware vCenter Server 6.5U1g Appliance
and
   VCMA U1g patch (VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.15000-8024368-patch-FP.iso)
 

Almost looks like I need to apply VCMA U1g Update followed by VCMA U1g patch
or is  
VCMA U1g Update only used to go from the very first release of VCMA 6.5 (2/2/17) to the current U1g?

No!

They are both the same.... Build 8024368

VMware give you two methods to update your VCSA....

1. Using Patch Bundle - see here - https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2142009

https://www.vladan.fr/how-to-patch-vmware-vcenter-server-appliance-vcsa-from-offline-depot/

2. Using the ISO - https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2149879

https://www.vladan.fr/how-to-patch-vmware-vcsa-6-5-via-iso-patch-downloaded-from-vmware-patch-portal/

I hope that now helps the confusion!
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sjniiiAuthor Commented:
yes,,,,
It was the word "patch" vs "update" that is confusing.
 


When doing  VC Windows 6.0 Updates (3, 3a, 3b, etc.), i use the ISOs from the VMware Software Portal and not the Patch Portal.
6.0 VMware Software Portal has a U3e where as the Patch Portal has up to U3c  only and the U3c in the VMware Software Portal  looks like a different release than waht U3c shows in the Patch Portal

I tie the word Patch to ESXi.
I mostly used Patch Portal for ESXi Patches  which are ZIp files with the VIBs
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
technically you should go to Patch Portal.  

Software portal is for new downloads, and implementations etc

 ISOs are used for new implementations, although you can update from them, that's possible, but it's not quick.

or if your smart use VMware Update Manager!

Does not really matter which you use providing you get the updates and apply in a timely manner, or whatever works for you.
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sjniiiAuthor Commented:
ok,

thanks

Yes VUM is great, but we are on a closed network  and have to use UMDS which takes time.  

Since we have 2 esxi servers, i have been manually updating the esxi hosts.
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