Updated on: 14 November 2017

vCenter Server 6.5.0a | 02 FEB 2017 | ISO Build 4944578

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0a | 14 NOV 2017 | Build 7092136

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

IMPORTANT: vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 builds have been removed as of November 14, 2017 due to a deployment-impacting issue. This issue does not impact Windows installed vCenter Servers. To resolve this issue, you must upgrade to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0f or vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 1c, or later. For more information, see KB 51124.

VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0a has known security issues. These issues are documented in VMware Security Advisories and the release notes for VMware vCenter Server Appliance Photon OS Security Patches. For example, the Open Source security issues listed in VMware Security Advisories VMSA-2017-0004 and VMSA-2017-0007 have severity critical and are applicable to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. Customers are advised to adopt the latest version of vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 to remediate the known security issues.

Earlier Releases of vCenter Server 6.5

For compatibility, installation and upgrades, product support notices, and features see the earlier release notes of vCenter Server

VMware vSphere 6.5 Release Notes

Patches Contained in this Release

This release of vCenter Server 6.5.0a delivers the following patch. See the VMware Patch Download Center for more information on downloading patches.


VMware vSphere 6.5 is available in the following languages:

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

Components of VMware vSphere 6.5, including vCenter Server, ESXi, the vSphere Web Client, the vSphere Client, and the vSphere Host Client do not accept non-ASCII input.

Resolved Issues

vCenter Server Appliance Deployment Issues

An expired root password might fail some upgrade, install and migrate operations for VMware vCenter Server Appliance

  • You might fail to deploy vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) because VMware Photon OS does not allow you to replace an expired root password. This issue might affect installation of vCenter Server Appliance with vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 and vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0a builds, as well as file-based restore from backups, migration from vCenter Server for Windows to VCSA, and upgrade from older version to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5, if you use these builds.

This issue is resolved in this release.

Known Issues

To view the list of known issues applicable from earlier release, please see Known Issues section in the VMware vSphere 6.5 Release Notes.

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