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New Security Patches for ESX/ESXi 3.5, 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0 (6/14/2012)

June 14, 2012

New patches are available today for ESX/ESXi 3.5, 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0 to resolve a few known security vulnerabilities. Here’s the run down if you’re running ESXi 5.0 standard image: VMware Host Checkpoint File Memory Corruption Certain input data is not properly validated when loading checkpoint files. This might allow an attacker with the ability […]

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Quick Take: Syslog Stops Working after Upgrade to ESXi 5.0 Update 1

March 24, 2012

If you’ve recently upgraded your ESXi from 5.0 build 456551 and were logging to syslog, it’s possible that your events are no longer being received by your syslog server. It seems that there was a “feature” in ESXi 5.0 build 456551 that allowed syslog to escape the ESXi firewall regardless of the firewall setting. This […]

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Quick Take: VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi50-Update01

March 16, 2012

VMware releases ESXi 5.0 Complete Update 1 for vSphere 5. An important change for this release is the inclusion of general and security-only image profiles: Starting with ESXi 5.0 Update 1, VMware patch and update releases contain general and security-only image profiles. Security-only image profiles are applicable to new security fixes only. No new bug […]

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In-the-Lab: NexentaStor vs ESXi, Redux

February 24, 2012

I fired-up the NMV and shutdown the VSA… After powering-on the resulting drop in idle CPU was nothing short of astounding.

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ESXi Patches fix VSS, NTP and VMkernel

June 3, 2010

Two patches were made available on May 27, 2010 for ESXi 4.0 to fix certain bugs and security vulnerabilities in the platform. These patches are identified as ESXi400-201005401-SG and ESXi400-201005402-BG. The first patch is security related and requires a reboot of the ESXi host: This patch fixes a security issue. The updated NTP daemon fixes a […]

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Quick-Take: It’s Time to Upgrade from ESX to ESXi

January 15, 2010

That’s right, I said upgrade from ESX to ESXi – not ESX 3.x to vSphere, but ESX (any version) to vSphere’s ESXi! Ever since VMware PartnerExchange 2009 (April), SOLORI has been advising clients and prospects to focus on ESXi and move away from ESX-based hosts – you know, the one with the “Linux” service console. […]

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Quick-Take: ESXi Patch Released

January 7, 2010

Thanks to a tweet from Duncan Epping at Yellow Bricks, we’ve installed the latest ESXi patches to combat the unexpected vCenter problems reported with Update 1 for vSphere. While we’ve not experienced the vCenter problem in the lab, enough of users out there have caught it for VMware to issue a “not recommended” warning for […]

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vSphere 4, Update 1 and ESXi

November 30, 2009

On November 19, 2009 VMware released Update 1 for vSphere 4.0 which, among other bug fixes and errata, adds the following new features: ESX/ESXi VMware View 4.0 support (previously unsupported) Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 support (previously “experimental”) – guest customizations now supported Enhanced Clustering support for Microsoft Windows – adds support for VMware […]

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Preview: Install ESXi 4.0 to Flash

May 22, 2009

VMware’s vSphere’s ESXi 4.0 now installs directly to USB flash from the install CD without the “funky” methods we’ve explained in earlier posts. By comparison, the installation process is straight-forward, simple and painless. After the quick installation to USB flash, the system reboots into ESXi for the first time:

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VMware ESXi Update: Build 158874

April 30, 2009

VMware has released a series of critical patches for ESXi and VMware tools discussed in knowledge base articles 1010135 and 1010136. These are the highlights: Patch for ESXi: Fixes an issue in the VMkernel TCP/IP stack where adding a system to an HA (High Availability) cluster results in a timeout error. Fixes an issue where […]