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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
  • 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 the root expiration was disabled after the update.
    Maybe VMware now check the setting and keeps it. But I would recommend to check it after every update

HTML5 Client / Web Client – disable password expiry message

After upgrading my production vCSA to 6.5 Update 1d a few days ago the complete handling of the vCenter is quite good. The HTML5 Client runs very good, but don’t have all features, so the Java-based Web Client must do some of the work.
One very disturbing thing is the “Your password will expire in xx days”-Message everytime you log in.

But it doesn’t have to. You can configure the time before the reminder appears.

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After upgrade to vCSA 6.5 – Scan for Updates fails with unknown error

After upgrading my production vCSA from 6.0 to 6.5 U1d, the “Scan for Updates” always runs in an unknown error. Before the upgrade everything works fine and the upgrade of the vCSA was easy to and finished without any error.

After some research and logfile analyzing I found two solutions.

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vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1d released

Ho ho ho,

5 days before christmas, VMware released the Update 1d for vCenter Server 6.5.

What’s new in this Update?

  • vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1d addresses issues that have been documented in the Resolved Issues section and Photon OS security vulnerabilities. For more information, see VMware vCenter Server Appliance Photon OS Security Patches.
  • Update of the Oracle (Sun) JRE package to version 1.8.0_141.
  • vCenter Server 6.5 is updated to use the 4.3.9 version of the Spring Framework.
  • The OpenSSL package is updated to version openssl-1.0.2l.
  • The Tomcat package is updated to version 8.5.15.
  • Apache Struts is updated to version 2.5.13 to resolve CVE-2017-9805, CVE-2017-9804 and CVE-2017-9793.
  • Eclipse Jetty is upgraded to version 9.2.22.

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