vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2a | 27 APR 2021 | ISO Build 17920168

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

Earlier Releases of vCenter Server 7.0

Features, resolved and known issues of vCenter Server are described in the release notes for each release. Release notes for earlier releases of vCenter Server 7.0 are:

For internationalization, compatibility, installation, upgrade, open source components and product support notices, see the VMware vSphere 7.0 Release Notes.
For more information on vCenter Server supported upgrade and migration paths, please refer to VMware knowledge base article 67077.

Patches Contained in This Release

This release of vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2a delivers the following patch. See the VMware Patch Download Center for more information on downloading patches.

Patch for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 7.0 Update 2a

Product Patch for vCenter Server containing VMware software fixes, security fixes, and third-party product fixes.

This patch is applicable to vCenter Server.

Download Filename VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-
Build 17920168
Download Size 5393.2 MB
md5sum 77474f3ba9ccbccbe766019fb2f4af8e
sha1checksum 0739b92e216189e330dc9d94dc22f2b9557f76bb

Download and Installation

To download this patch from VMware Customer Connect, you must navigate to Products and Accounts > Product Patches. From the Select a Product drop-down menu, select VC and from the Select a Version drop-down menu, select 7.0.2.

  1. Attach the VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance- file to the vCenter Server 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 shells, see VMware knowledge base article 2100508.

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

For more information on staging patches, see Stage Patches to vCenter Server Appliance.

For more information on installing patches, see Install vCenter Server Appliance Patches.

For more information on patching using the Appliance Management Interface, see Patching the vCenter Server by Using the Appliance Management Interface.

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows.

Storage Issues
  • Persistent volume claims (PVC) might fail because of first class disk (FCD) metadata overwrites

    If the same FCD is the target of multiple concurrent metadata write operations, some write operations might overwrite others. As a result, if many FCD happen to lose metadata, requests for persistent storage resources might fail.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • Operations with Cloud Native Storage (CNS) volumes on vCenter Server might fail due to a sync failure

    If a First Class Disk (FCD) has some invalid metadata, parsing volume metadata during a full sync of CNS volumes might stop. As a result, the sync operation misses some CNS volumes. After the unsuccessful sync, operations with CNS volumes, such as attaching persistent volumes to a vSphere Pod, fail due to the missing volumes.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

Installation, Upgrade and Migration Issues
  • In the vCenter Server Management Interface, you either do not see the correct list of available updates, or see an error that cannot load the package list

    In the vCenter Server Management Interface, when you click Update > Available updates, you either see an error such as Can’t load package list, or you see some output, but not in the correct order and format.

    This issue is partially resolved in this release. If you still face the issue after updating to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2a, you must click on another tab and then return to the Available updates tab. If you see an error message such as Exception occurred while unzipping patch script, please retry after sometime, refresh the page.

  • Upgrade and update operations by using the vCenter Server Management Interface might fail with an error in the precheck phase

    If you attempt to upgrade or update your system by using the vCenter Server Management Interface, the operation might fail with an error such as Exception occurred in install precheck phase.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • NEW: You cannot log in to your vCenter Server system after a multi-step upgrade to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2

    If you perform a multi-step upgrade of your vCenter Server system with an external Platform Services Controller from 5.5 to 6.0 to 6.5 to 6.7 to 7.0 Update 2, the original trusted roots might be missing from the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store (VECS) and tokens issued by the Security Token Service (STS) appear as invalid. As a result, you cannot log in to the vCenter Center system after the upgrade. In the vSphere Client, you see a message similar to [500] An error occurred while fetching identity providers. Try again.

    This issue is resolved in this release. 

Known Issues from Prior Releases

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

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