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vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1g released

This week VMware released the Update 1g for vCenter Server.

With this update VMware fixes two issues.

First it provides a part of the hypervisor-assisted guest mitigation (CVE-2017-5715) and second it fixes an issue with putting ESXi hosts into an empty EVC Cluster.

The full information about the vCenter updates can be found here: vCenter 6.5 Update 1fg

Version: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1g (6.5.0.15000)
Build: 8024368

How to update the VCSA can be found here: Update VCSA 6.5

vExpert 2018 – four in a row – wohoooo

I’m really glad about my fourth star. Thanks to VMware for recognizing me.

Looking forward to be part of the community next year too ;)

 

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1f released

Just one month after releasing vCenter Update1e VMware released the Update 1f for vCenter Server.

The Update patches the vCSA operating system (Photon OS) against Spectre-1 (CVE-2017-5753) and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754).
A patch for the Spectre-2-vulnerability (CVE-2017-5715) is still not availiable.

The full information about the vCenter updates can be found here: vCenter 6.5 Update 1f

Version: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1f (6.5.0.14100)
Build: 7801515

How to update the VCSA can be found here: Update VCSA 6.5

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1e released

VMware released a new update for the vCenter. The Update mainly focuses fixing the Spectre and Meltdown issue.

For more information you can find the release notes here: vCenter 6.5 Update 1e

Version: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1e (6.5.0.14000)
Build: 7515524

How to update the VCSA can be found here: Update VCSA 6.5

Update VCSA 6.5

To update your VCSA follow the steps below. The pictures maybe show different version numbers, but I’ve tested it with the listed versions.

 

Preparation:

  • Check all dependencies! Go to VMware Product Interoperability Matrices and check for example the Interoperability of VMware NSX and vCenter. Maybe you need one interim step for your update/upgrade.

Installation:

If your appliance don’t have a connection to the internet you will have to download the FullPatch from VMware.

  • Select VC and 6.5.0
  • Select the FP file for the appliance (example)
    • VCSA 6.5 Update 1e (VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.14000-7515524-patch-FP.iso)
  • Mount the ISO to you vCenter Server Appliance
  • Select Check CDROM instead of Repository in my guide.

With internet connection follow these few steps

  • Login to the appliance management (VAMI) https://your.vcenter.appliance:5480
  • Go to Update and click on Check Updates and then Check Repository (or CDROM for those who install from ISO)
  • After that the Appliance should show you the new update. Click on Install Update and then Install All Updates
  • Accept the License Agreement and click Install
  • [optional] Join or leave the CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program) and click on Install
  • After that the update will run several minutes.
  • The last step you have to do is to reboot the appliance
  • Go to the Summary Tab and click on Reboot

  • After initialization the vCenter Server appliance is back online and ready for work
  • If you have select that root password doesn’t expire you have to set this again. Every update activates the expiration of root.
    UPDATE: With vCenter Server Update 1d / Update 1e / Update 1f the root expiration was still disabled after the update.
    Maybe VMware now check the setting and keeps it. But I would recommend to check it after every update

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