vSphere 5.5 Update 3 released

Yesterday, 2015-09-16, VMware released vSphere 5.5. Update 3 which includes new versions for:

  • vCenter Server
  • ESXi

I have identified at least two problems i have seen that are now resolved in vCenter Server

  • Defined permissions behave differently in vSphere Client and Web Client
    • Moving VMs between the folders is disabled in the Web Client when permission are defined only at the folder level and displays an error similar to the following:
  • vpxd service is unstable and it fails with an error
    • The VirtualCenter Server service (vpxd) causes service instability and fails if it encounters an unknown type of controller in a virtual machine.

Updates for ESXi includes e.g.:

  • Support for PVSCSI adapterwith MSCS, core clustering and applications including SQL and Exchange.
  • Supported Kerberos communication encryption between ESXi and Active Directory is AES256-CTS/AES128-CTS/RC4-HMAC.

Issues are resolved in the following areas for ESXi:

  • API
  • Backup
  • CIM
  • Configuration
  • Installation
  • Network
  • Security
  • Storage
  • Upgrade
  • VM
  • Client issues
  • HA
  • vMotion and Storage vMotion
  • VMware Tools

The vCenter Server release notes can be found here and the ESXi release notes can be found here.

Two additional software updates were released yesterday:

  • VMware vCenter Orchestrator Appliance 5.5.3. Release notes can be found here.
  • vSphere Replication 5.8.1. Release notes can be found here.

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