vSphere Update Manager 6.7 Update 3m for Windows OS | MAR 18 2021 | Build 17712762

vCenter Server 6.7 Update 3m | MAR 18 2021 | Build 17713310

vSphere Update Manager service in vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 Update 3m | MAR 18 2021 | Build 17712762

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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

  • vSphere Client support for vSphere Update Manager in a vCenter Server for Windows system​: Starting with vSphere Update Manager 6.7 Update 3m, vSphere Update Manager is available by using the vSphere Client on a vCenter Server for Windows system.

Some of the open source components that are embedded in Update Manager 6.7 Update 3, which are updated in this release include:

  • Eclipse Jetty is updated to version jetty-9.4.31.v20200723.
  • The Oracle (Sun) JRE package is updated to version 1.8.0_281.
  • The Expat XML parser is updated to version 2.2.9. 
  • The OpenSSL package is updated to version openssl-1.0.2x.

For internationalization, compatibility, installation and upgrade, open source components and product support notices see the VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.7 Update 1 Release Notes.

Update Manager Functionality Differences Between vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client

Supported vSphere Update Manager features

6.7.0 vSphere

Web Client

6.7.0

vSphere Client

6.7 Update 3m

vSphere Client

NEW: vSphere Client support for vSphere Update Manager in a vCenter Server for Windows system YES NO YES
Parallel remediation of ESXi hosts in Maintenance Mode YES NO YES
Update Manager Home > Compliance statistics NO YES YES
Update Manager Home > Monitor > events and notifications YES NO PARTIAL (Filter manually for Update Manager events)
Duplicate baselines and baseline groups NO YES YES
Filter updates by baseline NO NO YES
Import patches from a URL NO YES YES
Upload patches with a single step NO YES YES
Import ESXi images from a URL NO YES YES
Upload ESXi images with a single step NO YES YES
Display ESXi image contents at Update Manager > ESXi Images YES NO YES
Update Manager Home >Settings > Remediation settings YES NO PARTIAL 1
NEW: Check box Enable smart reboot after remediation under vApp Settings YES NO NO
Select settings for current host remediation task only YES NO PARTIAL 
(Fewer options in the dialog box)
Enable Quick Boot option YES NO YES
Change vSAN health check for current host remediation task only NO NO YES
Display the option to disconnect removable devices in Settings Hosts and in the Remediate dialog box YES NO YES
Display the Quick Boot option in the Remediate dialog box Settings for Host Remediation YES NO YES
Edit settings for host remediation to enable the Quick Boot option for current host remediation task only NO NO YES
Display installed patches on the host NO YES YES
Display host upgrade scan messages  YES NO YES
Automatic pre-check on remediation NO NO YES
Remediate with a single step NO YES YES
Invoke Create Baseline process from the Attach Baseline dialog YES NO YES
Scheduled remediation YES NO PARTIAL (Fewer recurrence options) 
vCenter Server object > Updates > Attached Baselines  - remediate hosts or clusters simultaneously against multiple baselines or baseline groups YES NO YES
Remediate hosts/clusters against selected patches of a baseline or a baseline group YES NO NO
vCenter Server object > Updates > compliance of virtual machines YES NO YES
Upgrade VMware Tools on reboot with a single click NO NO YES
VM remediation with a single click NO NO YES
VM baselines YES YES NO 3
vCenter Server object > Updates > Schedule a scan YES NO PARTIAL (Fewer recurrence options) 
vCenter Server object > Monitor > Tasks and Events > Edit a scheduled scan YES NO NO
vCenter Server object > context menu actions YES NO PARTIAL (Fewer menu actions)
Export of grid contents (e.g. export baseline contents) YES NO PARTIAL (No custom item selection)
Remediate vSAN cluster firmware NO NO YES

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

  • 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:

  • Disable Distributed Power Management (DPM), Disable High Availability Admission Control (HAC) and Disable Fault Tolerance (FT) are enabled by default, but the options are not displayed in the user interface. You cannot enable DPM, HAC or Fault Tolerance by using the vSphere Client. 
  • You cannot change the options VM Power state, Retry entering maintenance mode in case of failure, PXE Booted Hosts, VM Migration and Disconnect removable media devices by using the Remediate Settings dialog box.

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

Download and Installation

You can download this patch by going to the VMware Patch Download Center and selecting VC from the Select a Product drop-down menu.

  1. Attach the VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.47000-17713310-patch-FP.iso file to the vCenter Server Appliance CD or DVD drive.
  2. Log in to the appliance shell as a user with super administrative privileges (for example, root) and run the following commands:
    • To stage the ISO:
      software-packages stage --iso
    • To see the staged content:
      software-packages list --staged
    • To install the staged rpms:
      software-packages install --staged

For more information on using the vCenter Server Appliance shells, see VMware knowledge base article 2100508.

For more information on patching the vCenter Server Appliance, see Patching the vCenter Server Appliance.

Supported Operating Systems for Upgrade of VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware

The following is the list of Operating Systems supported for Upgrade of VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware:

  • Windows Server 2019 RS5
  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition 64-bit
  • Windows Server 10 Enterprise Edition 32-bit
  • Windows 8.1 Update 3 Enterprise Edition 32-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 3 Datacenter Edition 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition 64-bit
  • Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise Edition 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Datacenter Edition 64-bit
  • Windows 10 LTSC 2018 RS5
  • Windows 10 RTM
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 8.1 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows 8 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 8 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 [Standard/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows 7 Enterprise SP1
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit SP1
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit SP1
  • Windows Server 2008R2 SP1Datacenter Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows XP Professional 32-bit (SP3 required)
  • Windows XP Professional 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Vista [Business/Enterprise] 32-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Vista [Business/Enterprise] 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2003 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2003 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows 2000 [Professional/Server/Advanced Server/Datacenter Server] 32-bit
  • Windows 2000 [Professional/Server/Advanced Server/Datacenter Server] 64-bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2
  • Cent OS 8.3
  • CentOS 8 (64-bit)
  • CentOS 7.9
  • CentOS 7.6
  • CentOS 7.5
  • CentOS 6.10
  • CentOS 6.9
  • CentOS 6.5
  • CentOS 6
  • CentOS 5.10
  • CentOS 5
  • CentOS 4
  • Debian 9.5
  • Debian 8.1
  • Debian 8
  • Debian 6
  • Debian 5
  • Debian 4
  • Ubuntu LTS 18.04.2
  • Ubuntu non-LTS 18.10
  • Ubuntu non LTS 15.04
  • Ubuntu LTS 18.04.1
  • Ubuntu LTS 18.04
  • Ubuntu 17.x
  • Ubuntu LTS 16.04.5
  • Ubuntu LTS 16.04.4
  • Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop
  • Ubuntu 20.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 11.x
  • Ubuntu 10.x
  • Ubuntu 9.x
  • Ubuntu 8.x
  • Ubuntu 7.x
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP0
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 (64-bit)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 8.3
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 8 (64-bit)
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.6
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.5
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.0
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.10
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.7
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.1
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux UEK3 Update 5
  • Asianux 4
  • Asianux 3
  • Asianux Server 8 (64-bit)
  • Linux 4.x Kernel
  • Linux 4.x Kernel (64-bit)

Linux guest operating systems using Open VM Tools or Operating System Specific Packages are managed using distribution-specific package management tools, such as Yum or Apt. Update Manager does not support upgrading of VM Tools or Virtual Hardware version for such Linux virtual machines.

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.

  • You cannot filter ESXi hosts in the Remediate dialog by the In Maintenance Mode column

    In the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client, if you try to filter ESXi hosts by the In Maintenance Mode column in the Remediate dialog under Updates > Host Updates, all hosts disappear when you enter a Yes or No value. The filter works with true and false values.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

Using Update Manager in the vSphere Client
  • In the vSphere Client, you do not see details for compatibility issues

    During an ESXi host upgrade, if the baseline or baseline group you use has a compatibility issue, such as a VIB dependency, in the vSphere Client, you see an alert for the Incompatible status, but no details for the specific issue. For example, the specific VIBs that are missing or conflicting. In the vSphere Web Client, you see details, such as VIB names and recommendations on handling the Incompatible status.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

Installing, Upgrading, and Migration
  • After you uninstall vSphere Update Manager from a vCenter Server for Windows system, you see "An unexpected error has occurred" in the vSphere Client

    After you uninstall vSphere Update Manager from a vCenter Server for Windows system, the vSphere Client cache does not automatically clear. As a result, you continue to see the Update Manager home view, but the screen displays the message An unexpected error has occurred.. The same error displays in the Summary and Updates tabs. If you use the context menu of an inventory object to navigate to Update Manager > Pre-check Remediation, you see the error message Remediation pre-check failed. More details can be found in the "Recent Tasks" panel..

    Restart the vsphere-ui service as described in VMware knowledge base article 2109881. Alternatively, you can disable the VMware vSphere Update Manager Client Plugin from the Client Plug-Ins page under Administration > Solutions.

Known Issues from Prior Releases

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

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