It looks like yesterday the whole IT Community was pretty much focused on the much anticipated Apple Live event, so you might have missed an important VMware announcement: vSphere 5.5 Update 2 was released. Besides the usual bug fixes there was one important new functionality added that will make a lot of VMware Admins happy, especially those who do not like the new Web Client.
Before going into some details here are the relevant links to downloads and release notes:
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2
ESXi 5.5 Update 2
Release notes highlights
- Support for additional databases (Oracle 12c, MS SQL Server 2012 SP1 and 2014)
- A new CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program) that collects configuration data from your environment and uploads it to VMware for analysis (hopefully optionally)
- Resolved issues with Host profiles together with Auto Deploy
- The Web Client will warn you if the database server is running out of disk space
- Support for hosts with 6 TB of RAM
- Performance improvements with Storage rescans
- Storage vMotion does no longer reset CBT (Changed Block Tracking) information
For a full list of resolved issues see the Release Notes.
For a list of other updated vSphere components (like vSphere Replication) see the vSphere 5.5 Download page.
Edit Virtual Hardware 10 VMs with the Update 2 legacy vSphere Client!
When vSphere 5.5 was released the legacy vSphere Client was declared deprecated and you were no longer able to use it to edit the settings of a VM that was upgraded to hardware version 10. This made all users that do not have vCenter available (or do not like the new Web Client) very unhappy.
VMware has finally listened to their complaints and reinstated the capability to edit Virtual Hardware Version 10 VMs with the legacy vSphere Client with Update 2! You will still get a warning though that you will only be able to edit version 8 features (see hardcopy at the top of this post).
Please note: You only need to update the vSphere Client to the Update 2 version, but not necessarily the host! So you can immediately and safely start taking benefit from this improvement: Here is a direct download link for the vSphere 5.5 Update 2 client.
How to update your free and/or standalone ESXi host
If you want to update your standalone ESXi host to 5.5 Update 2 then you can use the procedure that I already explained for earlier updates. For your convenience here are the commands for easy copy/paste:
Enable SSH access on your host, log in to it (e.g. using putty) and run the following commands:
# open firewall for outgoing http requests: esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient # Update using the ESXi 5.5 U2 Imageprofile from the VMware Online depot esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.5.0-20140902001-standard # Reboot your host reboot
This post first appeared on the VMware Front Experience Blog and was written by Andreas Peetz. Follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with what he posts.