VMware vCenter Server 6.0 U3 & ESXi 6.0 U3 released

A few days ago, 2017/02/24, VMware released vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3 and ESXi 6.0 Update 3. Both vCenter Server 6.0 U3 and ESXi 6.0 U3 now includes upport for TLS v 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2. For ESXi it is enabled by default and can be configurable with 6.0 U3. For vCenter Server 6.0 U3 the following information regarding TSL is very useful:

  • See VMware KB 2148819 and 2145796 for TSL configuration information and KB 2148819 for known TSL issues.
  • VMware Syslog Collector on vCenter Server Appliance supports TLSv1.0 only.
  • TLS configuration script can be downloaded here 

Additional enhancements/updates inlcudes:

  • vCenter Server
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 as external database
    • Migration from vCenter Server Windows 5.5.x to vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Update 3 is supported
    • Platform Services Controller (PSC) requires 4 GB of memory by default, for fresh install and while upgrading from 5.5.x to 6.0 Update 3.
  • ESXi
    • Ships with and updated Host Client, version 1.14.0. Not yet on parity with the vSphere Client but a bit closer.

There are quite a few bug fixes included in the ESXi 6.0 U3 that i know some of my customers will find useful e.g:

  • vCenter
    • Storage vMotion fails if the VM is connected with a CD ISO file
    • Unable to use End Vmware Tools install option using vSphere Client
    • Top five virtual machines in the datastore utilization chart are displayed incorrectly
    • Host fails to connect back after provisioning the host with a new CA signed VMCA certificate
    • Imported VMware vSphere Distributed Switch and portgroups are not displayed correctly in host
    • Single-Sign On admin server session management locks its own session object
  • ESXi
    • ESXi 6.x hosts stop responding after running for 85 days
    • ESXi patch update might fail with a warning message if the image profile size is larger than set limit
    • The hostd service might fail when taking quiesced snapshot
    • Horizon View recompose operation might fail for desktop VMs residing in NFS datastore
    • Upgrading VMware Tools on multiple VMs might fail

The entire release notes can be found here for vCenter Server U3 and here for ESXi 6.0 U3

As usual, evaluate if your environment needs to be updated and if so download the software using the below links:

In addition to vCenter Server 6.0 U3 and ESXi 6.0 U3 VMware vSphere Replication 6.1.2 was also released. The following updates are included:

  • Supports upgrade migration path from vCenter Server Windows 5.5.x to vCenter Server Virtual Appliance 6.0 Update 3 by delivering a direct upgrade path from vSphere Replication to vSphere Replication 6.1.2.
  • vSphere Replication Appliance base OS upgrade to SLES 12 SP1.
  • VMware vSphere Replication 6.1.2 is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 3.

Read the entire release notes here and download the software here