vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f | 12 JUL 2022 | ISO Build 20051473

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

IMPORTANT: If your source system contains hosts of versions between ESXi 7.0 Update 2 and Update 3c, and Intel drivers, before upgrading to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f, see the What's New section of the VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3c Release Notes, because all content in the section is also applicable for vSphere 7.0 Update 3f. Also, see the related VMware knowledge base articles: 86447, 87258, and 87308

What's New

  • This release resolves CVE-2022-22982. For more information on this vulnerability and its impact on VMware products, see VMSA-2022-0018.

  • Increased scalability of VMware HCI Mesh: With vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f, a vSAN cluster can serve its local datastore to up to ten client vSAN clusters.

  • Enhanced vSphere Client components: vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f fixes important usability issues in the vSphere Client Inventory, Data Grid, Related Objects, and Global Inventory Lists components. The usability enhancements include:

    • setting item height to 25px in the Inventory tree to make the tree more compact
    • removing excessive margins from the Action menu
    • improved right-click selection for Data Grid
    • better handling of selected items in the Related Objects and Global Inventory Lists tabs
    • customizable page size, from 35 to 200 items, in Related Object lists. 
  • For VMware vSphere with Tanzu updates, see VMware vSphere with Tanzu Release Notes.

  • For Photon OS updates, see VMware vCenter Server Appliance Photon OS Security Patches.

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 3f delivers the following patch:

For a table of build numbers and versions of VMware vCenter Server, see VMware knowledge base article 2143838.

Patch for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 7.0 Update 3f

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-7.0.3.00700-20051473-patch-FP.iso
Build 20051473
Download Size 6579.7 MB
md5sum 3b0003a309c9d70d7b9e961fa56fbb5f
sha256checksum 1b5ca1e4a95394d740e96fd2dfe1ce60928ccbb632ad5ab7238a4d998257d146

Download and Installation

To download this patch, after you log in to VMware Customer Connect, select VC from the Select a Product drop-down menu and select 7.0.3 from the Select a Version drop-down menu.

  1. Attach the VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-7.0.3.00700-20051473-patch-FP.iso​ 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.

Security Issues
  • This release resolves CVE-2022-22982. For more information on this vulnerability and its impact on VMware products, see VMSA-2022-0018.

  • vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f provides the following security updates:
    • cURL is updated to version 7.82.

    •  The Jackson package is updated to version 2.13.2 and jackson-databind to version 2.13.2.2.

    • The Oracle (Sun) JRE package is updated to version 1.8.0_311.

    • The Apache Tomcat server is updated to versions 8.5.78/9.0.62.

    • The OpenSSL library is updated to versions 1.0.2ze/1.1.1o.

    • The SQLite database is updated to version 3.36.0.3.

    • Apache log4j is updated to version 2.17.1.

    • Apache Struts is updated to version 2.5.30.

    • The Spring library is updated to versions 5.2.20/5.3.18.

    • Eclipse Jetty is updated to version 9.4.46.v20220331.

    • The XStream library is updated to version 1.4.19.

    • The Expat XML parser is updated to version 2.4.7.

    • The Struts2 Core framework is updated to version 2.5.30.

    • The libxml2 library is updated to version 2.9.13.

Miscellaneous Issues
  • Files with extension "flat.ses" display their logical size rather than the actual size

    In the vSphere Client, the ESXi console, or by using ESXCLI, you might get a wrong representation of the size of files with extension flat.ses. As a result, you might make wrong disk capacity considerations, for example for the Lightweight Delta (LWD) data path, which might appear to require much larger disk capacity than actual.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • Slow logins for Active Directory users with many groups

    vCenter logins using accounts from Active Directory configured over LDAP identity sources might be slow due to serial searches.

    This issue is resolved in this release. The fix improves login performance by running many parallel searches instead of serial searches.

  • I/O filter storage provider remain after you remove an unresponsive ESXi host from the vCenter Server inventory

    When you remove an unresponsive ESXi host from the vCenter Server inventory, the UnregisterProvider method might not run for that host. As a result, I/O filter storage providers remains registered with the vCenter even though the ESXi host is not in the inventory.

    This issue is resolved in this release. The fix makes sure that UnregisterProvider method runs even for removed unresponsive ESXi hosts.

Installation, Upgrade and Migration Issues
  • Incremental patches of vCenter Server 7.x might fail due to a timeout that prevents the restart of the lwsmd service

    The Likewise Service Manager (lwsmd) service, which monitors the vmafdd, vmcad, and vmdird services, has a timeout limit of 60 seconds. If the service fails to restart within the timeout limit due to a delay in the active threads of the monitored services, incremental patches of vCenter Server 7.x, such as vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2c to VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2d, fail.

    This issue is resolved in this release. The fix prevents conditions for the lwsmd service timeouts.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

Miscellaneous Issues
  • NEW: Exporting a VM as OVF template to a content library or deploying a VM from a content library might time out and the task fails

    In some cases, deployment of an OVF or OVA template from a content library, or importing a vSphere vApp or VM to a content library might fail with an error such as vim.fault.Timedout. You see the error in vpxd.log and cls.log files.

    Workaround: For more information, see VMware knowledge base article 88928.

Upgrade Issues
  • Patching and upgrades to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f might fail due to a Security Token Service (STS) error

    An issue with STS in environments joined to an Active Directory domain that currently uses, or has used in the past, Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) as an Identity Source, might prevent patching and upgrades to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f. The problem does not affect earlier versions of vCenter Server 7.0.x.

    When patching to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f from an earlier version of 7.0.x, in the vCenter Server Management Interface (VAMI), you see the error Exception occurred in postInstallHook. If you use CLI, you see an error such as An error occurred while starting service 'sts'.

    If you upgrade to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3f from a 6.x version, in the GUI installer you see the errors A problem occurred while - Starting VMware Security Token Service or An error occured while starting sts.

    Workaround: Follow the steps in VMware knowledge base article 89027.

Known Issues from Prior Releases

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

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