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General Availability of VMware ESXi 5.5.2 Patch & vSphere v5.5 U2

I figured I’d spread the word, that VMware ESXi 5.5.2 patches are now out.  One can check out the original announcement right from VMware at: http://app.connect.vmware.com/e/es.aspx?s=524&e=41732608&elq=12684a06f96444ed8d0d52503f7035b7

Also, vSphere v5.5 Update 2 was recently announced as well.  One of the best posts I found on this was over at Vladen Seget’s blog:  http://www.vladan.fr/vmware-vsphere-5-5-update-2-released/ 

The best highlights of the release, in my mind?

  • vSphere Client (C#) will now allow editing of VMware Hardware v10 VM’s.  Note that it will only allow editing of features exposed in v8 hardware.  So you won’t be able to edit any vSphere Flash Read Cache or AHCI disks, but otherwise, you’ll largely be okay.  On the one hand, this is good as it buys us some time to stay with the C# client – on the other, it’s a bitter reminder that soon we’ll have only the Web Client…
  • vCenter Server now supports running on SQL Server 2012 SP1 and 2014
  • vCenter Server is now at v5.5 U2 – which is far better than trying to figure out if it’s on v5.5 U1a/b/c/driver-rollup.  They really need to standardize this – when is it a x.y.0(a/b/c), when is it an x.y Update, etc? 
  • Just about every product got an update to coincide with this one, including many v5.8 versions announced at VMworld 2014.
  • Horizon View v6.0.1 and Horizon Workspace v2.1 are also refreshed.

Release notes can be found at: https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-55u2-release-notes.html

Downloads can be found at: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=353&downloadGroup=VC55U2

Remember to check your 3rd party software for compatibility before jumping ahead.  Software such as Trend Micro DSA or Veeam Backup & Recovery may require updates before they’re 100% compatible.

As always, it’s best to clone your vCenter into an isolated environment (with a DC and DB server) to test the upgrade process with safety before you jump in all the way.

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