Release: VMware ESXi and vCenter Server 5.0 Update 2

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, December 24th, 2012   |  

Although VMware already released version 5.1 of vSphere it still updates earlier supported versions as well. VMware has released Update 2 for both its hypervisor ESXi and its hypervisor management platform vCenter 5.0. This update can be installed on top of vSphere 5.0 or vSphere 5.0 Update 1.

ESXi 5.0 update 2 adds some support for additional Operating Systems and fixes a long list of issues as described in the release notes:

  • Support for Solaris 11 & 11.1
  • Support for Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.5
  • ESXi 5.0.x System Event Log (SEL) is empty on certain servers
  • Visuals in third party applications are corrupted while using VMware SVGA 3D driver in 3D enabled mode
  • DNS might not get configured on hosts installed using scripts that specifies using DHCP
  • ESXi host fails with a purple diagnostic screen when you try to plug-in or unplug a keyboard or mouse through a USB port
  • ESXi 5.0 host fails due to a world slot memory leak
  • RHEL 6 virtual machine configured with RDM devices through PVSCSI adapter might encounter I/O failure
  • Update to ESX userworld OpenSSL library addresses multiple security issues
  • And more…

vCenter Server 5.0 update 2 also adds some support for additional Operating Systems and fixes a long list of issues as described in the release notes:

  • Support for running vCenter Server on Windows Server 2012
  • Support for the Guest OS Customization
    • Windows 8
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Ubuntu 12.04
    • RHEL 6.2 and 6.3
  • vCenter Essentials no longer enforces vRAM usage limit of 192 GB
  • Unable to use host profile to join an ESX host to a domain if the domain name starts with a digit
  • vCenter Server might stop responding when there is excess memory consumption
  • Oracle (Sun) JRE is updated to version 1.6.0_31, which addresses multiple security issues
  • vSphere 5 Storage vMotion is unable to rename virtual machine files on completing migration
  • And more…

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