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VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3e Release Notes

vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3e | 20 MAR 2018 | ISO Build 7977899

vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Update 3e | 20 MAR 2018 | ISO Build 7977899 

vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3e on vCenter Server Appliance Build 7924804

vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3e on Windows Build 7924803

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3e addresses issues that have been documented in the Resolved Issues section.

Earlier Releases of vCenter Server 6.0

Patches contained in this release

vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3e delivers the following patch. See the VMware Patch Download Center for more information on downloading patches.

Internationalization

VMware vSphere 6.0 is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Traditional Chinese

Components of VMware vSphere 6.0, including vCenter Server, ESXi, the vSphere Web Client, and the vSphere Client do not accept non-ASCII input.

Compatibility

ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Web Client Version Compatibility

The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and earlier versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Web Client, and optional VMware products. Check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix also for information about supported management and backup agents before you install ESXi or vCenter Server.

The vSphere Web Client is packaged with the vCenter Server. You can install the vSphere Client from the VMware vCenter autorun menu that is part of the modules ISO file.

Hardware Compatibility for ESXi

To view a list of processors, storage devices, SAN arrays, and I/O devices that are compatible with vSphere 6.0, use the ESXi 6.0 information in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Device Compatibility for ESXi

To determine which devices are compatible with ESXi 6.0, use the ESXi 6.0 information in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Some devices are deprecated and no longer supported on ESXi 6.0. During the upgrade process, the device driver is installed on the ESXi 6.0 host. The device driver might still function on ESXi 6.0, but the device is not supported on ESXi 6.0. For a list of devices that are deprecated and no longer supported on ESXi 6.0, see KB 2087970.

Third-Party Switch Compatibility for ESXi

VMware supports Cisco Nexus 1000V with vSphere 6.0. vSphere requires a minimum NX-OS release of 5.2(1)SV3(1.4). For more information about Cisco Nexus 1000V, see the Cisco Release Notes. As in previous vSphere releases, Cisco Nexus 1000V AVS mode is not supported.

Guest Operating System Compatibility for ESXi

To determine which guest operating systems are compatible with vSphere 6.0, use the ESXi 6.0 information in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Virtual Machine Compatibility for ESXi

Virtual machines that are compatible with ESX 3.x and later (hardware version 4) are supported with ESXi 6.0. Virtual machines that are compatible with ESX 2.x and later (hardware version 3) are not supported. To use such virtual machines on ESXi 6.0, upgrade the virtual machine compatibility. See the vSphere Upgrade documentation.

Installation and Upgrades for This Release

Installation Notes for This Release

Read the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation for guidance about installing and configuring ESXi and vCenter Server.

Although the installations are straightforward, several subsequent configuration steps are essential. Read the following documentation:

vSphere 6.0 Recommended Deployment Models

VMware recommends only two deployment models:

  • vCenter Server with embedded Platform Services Controller. This model is recommended if one or more standalone vCenter Server instances are required to be deployed in a data center. Replication between these vCenter Server with embedded Platform Services Controller models is not recommended.

  • vCenter Server with external Platform Services Controller. This model is recommended only if multiple vCenter Server instances need to be linked or want to have reduced footprint of Platform Services Controller in the data center. Replication between these vCenter Server with external Platform Services Controller models is supported.

Read the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation for guidance on installing and configuring vCenter Server.

Also, read KB 2108548 for guidance on installing and configuring vCenter Server.

vCenter Host OS Information

Read the Knowledge Base article KB 2091273.

Backup and Restore for vCenter Server and the vCenter Server Appliance Deployments that Use an External Platform Services Controller

Although statements in the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation restrict you from attempting to backup and restore vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance deployments that use an external Platform Services Controller, you can perform this task by following the steps in KB 2110294.

Migration from Embedded Platform Services Controller to External Platform Services Controller

vCenter Server with embedded Platform Services Controller cannot be migrated automatically to vCenter Server with external Platform Services Controller. Testing of this migration utility is not complete.

Before installing vCenter Server, determine your desired deployment option. If more than one vCenter Server instances are required for replication setup, always deploy vCenter with external Platform Services Controller.

Migrating Third-Party Solutions

For information about upgrading with third-party customizations, see the vSphere Upgrade documentation. For information about using Image Builder to create a custom ISO, see the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation.

Upgrades and Installations Disallowed for Unsupported CPUs

vSphere 6.0 supports only processors available after June (third quarter) 2006. Comparing the processors supported by vSphere 5.x, vSphere 6.0 no longer supports the following processors:

  • AMD Opteron 12xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 22xx Series
  • AMD Opteron 82xx Series

During an installation or upgrade, the installer checks the compatibility of the host CPU with vSphere 6.0. If your host hardware is not compatible, a purple screen appears with an incompatibility information message, and the vSphere 6.0 installation process stops.

Upgrade Notes for This Release

For instructions about upgrading vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi hosts, see the vSphere Upgrade documentation.

Open Source Components for VMware vSphere 6.0

The copyright statements and licenses applicable to the open source software components distributed in vSphere 6.0 are available at http://www.vmware.com. Log in to your My VMware account. Then, from the Downloads menu, select vSphere. On the Open Source tab, you can also download the source files for any GPL, LGPL, or other similar licenses that require the source code or modifications to source code to be made available for the most recent available release of vSphere.

Product Support Notices

  • vCenter Server database. VMware continues to support Oracle 11g and 12c as external databases in vSphere 6.0. VMware will cease to support for Oracle 11g and 12c external databases for vCenter Server Appliance in a future major release.

  • vSphere Web Client. The Storage Reports selection from an object's Monitor tab is no longer available in vSphere Web Client 6.0.

  • vSphere Client. The Storage Views tab is no longer available in the vSphere Client 6.0.

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows.

Security Issues
  • This updated version of vCenter Server provides part of the hypervisor-assisted guest mitigation of CVE-2017-5715 for guest operating systems. For important details on this mitigation, see VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2018-0004.3.

Miscellaneous Issues
  • You are unable to place an ESXi host into an empty Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) cluster even though the host meets the requirements

    Some EVC modes now contain additional CPU features that were previously not included in the EVC requirements for hosts. To support smooth upgrade, the EVC cluster would implement the new requirements only after all the hosts in it have been upgraded to meet them. However, attempting to add a non-upgraded ESXi host to the empty EVC cluster fails.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

Miscellaneous Issues
  • An EVC cluster might not show new CPU IDs such as Indirect Branch Predictor Barrier (IBPB) if you add a host in maintenance mode

    If you create an empty EVC cluster and add a host in maintenance mode, you might not see the new CPU IDs exposed by that EVC cluster. The new CPU IDs are the Indirect Branch Restricted Speculation (IBRS), Single Thread Indirect Branch Predictors (STIBP) and Indirect Branch Predictor Barrier (IBPB).

    Workaround: To work around this issue, you must not add hosts in maintenance mode to empty EVC clusters. If you had added a host in maintenance mode to an empty EVC cluster and then added another host, not in maintenance mode, you must exit the first host from maintenance mode and remove the second host. As result, the cluster will upgrade and resync with the new CPU IDs.

  • An EVC cluster might show new CPU IDs such as IBPB even if you revert an ESXi host to an older version

    When you apply the current patch to an ESXi host and add that host to an EVC cluster, if you revert the host to an older version of ESXi, the EVC cluster might still expose the new CPU IDs, such as IBRS, STIBP and IBPB. However, the ESXi host will not have any of the new CPU ID features.

    Workaround: To work around this issue, you must put the ESXi host in maintenance mode and move the host out of the EVC cluster. 

Known Issues from Earlier Releases

To view a list of previous known issues, click here.