VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1 & ESXi 6.5 U1 Released

Yesterday, 2017-07-27, VMware released an update to vSphere 6.5 meaning the latest release is now vSphere 6.5 Update 1. The release includes quite a few driver updates for ESXi and vCenter Server got a few new enhancements & features which I know a few of my customers have been waiting for such as:

  • External database support now includes the following DBs as well:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP1
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP2
  • Linked vCenter Servers now supports the following:
    • 15 vCenter Servers
    • 5 000 ESXi hosts
    • 50 000 powered on VMs
    • 70 000 registered VMs
  • Added functionality to the HTML 5 interface
  • You can run the vCenter Server Appliance installation on macOS Sierra and a few more Microsoft Windows based OS:es.
  • Ubuntu 17.04 OS customization.

Before you plan and complete an upgrade you must, as always, confirm compatibility which you can do via VMware Product Interoperability Matrix

Use the below links to download:

  • vCenter 6.5 Update 1 here
  • ESXi 6.5 Update 1 here

Check out the release notes:

Additional information can be found via the official VMware blog

In addition to vCenter Server 6.5 update 1 and ESXi 6.5 update 1 VMware also released vSphere Replication 6.5.1 which you can download here and the release notes can be found here.