VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.5 Update 3n for Windows OS | FEB 23 2021 | Build 17583863

vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3n | FEB 23 2021 | ISO Build 17590285

VMware vSphere Update Manager service in vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 3n | FEB 23 2021 | ISO Build 17583863

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What's in the Release Notes

These release notes cover the following topics:

The Update Manager release notes provide information about VMware vSphere Update Manager, an optional module for VMware vCenter Server. For more information about VMware vSphere Update Manager, see the Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager documentation.

What's New

Some of the open source components that are embedded in Update Manager 6.5 Update 3n, which are updated in this release include:

  • Adobe no longer supports Flash Player and has blocked Flash content from running in Flash Player. For more information, see VMware knowledge base article 78589.
  • Eclipse Jetty is updated to version jetty-9.3.29.v20201019.
  • The OpenSSL package is updated to version openssl-1.0.2w
  • cURL is updated to version 7.72.0
  • The libPNG library is updated to version 1.2.59.
  • The zlib library is updated to version 1.2.11.
  • The Expat library is updated to 2.2.9
  • The Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) library is updated to version 8.44.

Update Manager Functionality Differences Between vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client

Note: Using Update Manager functionality in the vSphere Client (HTML5-based GUI) is only supported for Update Manager that runs in the vCenter Server Appliance.

Supported vSphere Update Manager features

6.5.0
vSphere Web Client

6.5 Update 3n vSphere Client

Update Manager Home -> Compliance statistics

NO

YES

Update Manager Home ->  Monitor Tab -> Events and Notifications

YES

PARTIAL (Filter manually for Update Manager events)

Update Manager Home -> Baselines Tab

YES

YES

Duplicate baselines and baseline groups

NO

YES

Update Manager Home -> Updates Tab

YES

YES

Filter updates by baseline

NO

YES

Upload patches with a single step

NO

YES

Update Manager Home ->  ESXi Images Tab

YES

YES

Upload ESXi images with a single step

NO

YES

View ESXi image contents

YES

NO

Update Manager Home -> Settings Tab -> Remediation settings

NO

PARTIAL 1

vCenter object -> Updates Tab -> Host / Cluster Compliance

YES

YES

Quick Boot support

YES NO

Automatic pre-check on remediation

NO

YES

Remediate with a single step

NO

YES

Invoke Create Baseline process from the Attach Baseline dialog

YES

NO

Scheduled remediation

YES

PARTIAL (Fewer recurrence options) 

Change remediation settings

YES

PARTIAL 2

Select settings for current host remediation task only

YES

NO

Remediate hosts/clusters simultaneously against multiple baselines or baseline groups

YES

NO

Remediate hosts/clusters against selected patches of a baseline or a baseline group

YES

NO

Scan and remediate buttons are located on the same page

YES

NO

vCenter object -> Updates Tab -> VM Compliance

YES

YES

Upgrade VMware Tools on reboot with a single click

NO

YES

VM remediation with a single click

NO

YES

VM baselines

YES

NO 3

vCenter object -> Updates Tab -> Schedule a scan

YES

PARTIAL (Fewer recurrence options) 

vCenter object -> Monitor Tab -> Tasks & Events -> Edit a scheduled scan

YES

NO

vCenter object -> Context menu actions

YES

PARTIAL (Fewer menu actions)

Export of grid contents (e.g. export baseline contents)

YES

PARTIAL (No custom item selection)

1 The following host/cluster remediation settings are not available from the Update Manager general settings:

  • Enable parallel remediation
  • Enable Quick Boot
  • Disable any removable media devices
  • Disable Distributed Power Management (DPM)
  • Disable High Availability Admission Control (HAC)
  • Disable Fault Tolerance (FT)

2 During remediation, Update Manager handles host/cluster settings as follows:

  • The options to enable parallel remediation, disable removable media devices, ignore warnings about unsupported hardware devices, ignore warnings for no longer supported VMFS datastores, are not active.
  • The options to enable Quick Boot, disable Distributed Power Management (DPM), disable High Availability Admission Control (HAC) and disable Fault Tolerance (FT), are active.

VM baselines are no longer in use. You can directly update VM Hardware and VM Tools versions of a VM.

For other compatibility, installation and upgrades, product support notices, and features see the VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.5 Update 2 Release Notes.

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows.

Using Update Manager
  • Responses from the vCenter Update Manager Web server on port 9087 might not have an HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) response header

    Responses from the vCenter Update Manager Web server on port 9087 might lack an HSTS response header and allow unencrypted connections.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

Known Issues from Earlier Releases

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

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