VMware releases a 5.1u1 wave of products: vSphere or ESXi & vCenter

products: vSphere/ESXi & vCenter

Last week, VMware released a wave of minor product updates across just about their entire lineup.  Of course, of most significance is VMware’s most foundational elements, ESXi and vCenter.  With ESXi 5.1U1, which carries build number 1065491, is primarily a bug fix release, but there are some operating system support changes as well.

If you’re running vCenter 5.1 and haven’t updated to vCenter 5.1U1, that’s ok.  Your existing vCenter 5.1 system can manage vSphere 5.1U1.  On the database front, vCenter 5.1U1 is the first version of vCenter that fully supports SQL Server 2012 as a target for the vCenter database and Windows Server 2012 as the underlying operating system.  vCenter 5.1U1 also supports SQL Server 2008 R2.

vCenter Server now supports customization of the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Ubuntu12.04, RHEL 5.9

If you’re running VMware Horizon View 5.1 or earlier, don’t upgrade the underlying hypervisor.  Only VMware Horizon View 5.2 and above support vSphere 5.1U1.

For a complete list of improvements in ESXi 5.1U1 and vCenter 5.1U1, read the full release notes.

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