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Minor VMware updates released on December 20

VMware announced some updates for several products:

VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 2

What’s New

Not much new here. Mostly support for additional guest operating systems and some resolved issues.

For more information read the release notes.

VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 2

What’s New

This release offers the following improvements besides the resolved issues:

  • vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012
  • Additional Guest Operating System Customization Support
  • vCenter Essentials no longer enforces vRAM usage limit of 192 GB

For more information read the release notes.

VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0b

What’s New:

This release offers the following improvements besides the resolved issues:

  • Timeout errors occurring when logging in to the vSphere Client have been addressed.
  • You can log in to a vSphere Web Client as a user of an Active Directory domain that has a non-standard UPN.

For more information read the release notes.

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0.2

What’s New

This release offers the following improvements besides the resolved issues:

  • Added support for protection and IP customization for some new guest operating systems.
  • The vSphere Replication management server accepts MD5 certificates. See Caveats and Limitations.
  • Upgraded OpenSSL 0.9.8m to 0.9.8t for improved security. This addresses the security advisory that was issued for OpenSSL in January 2012.
  • Auto-generated certificates use RSA keys of 2048 bits.

For more information read the release notes.

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1

What’s New

This release offers the following improvements besides the resolved issues:

  • SRM 5.1 supports reprotect and failback with vSphere Replication. Previously, you could only perform reprotect and failback on array-based protection groups. In SRM 5.1 you can perform reprotect and failback on vSphere Replication protection groups.
  • The SRM Server in SRM 5.1 is now a fully 64-bit application.
  • Improved handling of datastores in the all paths down (APD) state. If SRM detects that a datastore on the protected site is in the all paths down (APD) state and is preventing a virtual machine from shutting down, SRM waits for a period before attempting to shut down the virtual machine again. The APD state is usually transient, so by waiting for a datastore in the APD state to come back online, SRM can gracefully shut down the protected virtual machines on that datastore.
  • Improved disk resignaturing for VFMS disks.

For more information read the release notes.

VMware vCloud Connector 2.0

New Features:

  • Datacenter Extension
  • Content Sync
  • Cross-cloud Search
  • Multi-tenant Node
  • Copy and deploy in one operation
  • New User Interface

For more information read the release notes.

Have fun upgrading!

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    Niels Engelen

    Working as a System Engineer with an interest for virtualisation (mostly VMware related). Certified as a VMware Certified Professional 4 and 5 and gained the VMware vExpert 2012, 2013 and 2014 Award.

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