VMware: vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a released


vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 Update 1a is the first major update since vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 was released

VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a is a patch release and offers the following improvements:

  • vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a introduces support for the following vCenter Databases
    • Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard ONE Edition Release 2 [] – 64 bit
    • Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard ONE Edition Release 2 [] – 32 bit
  • vCenter Server Appliance Database Support: The DB2 express embedded database provided with the vCenter Server Appliance has been replaced with VMware vPostgres database. This decreases the appliance footprint and reduces the time to deploy vCenter Server further.
  • Resolved Issues: In addition, this release delivers a number of bug fixes that have been documented in the Resolved Issues section.


VMware vSphere 5.0 is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
vSphere Client Locale Forcing Mode

With vSphere 5.0, you can configure the VMware vSphere Client™ to provide the interface text in English even when the machine on which it is running is not English. You can set this configuration for the duration of a single session by running a command-line switch. This configuration applies to the interface text and does not affect other locale-related settings such as date and time or numeric formatting.

The following vSphere Client command causes the individual session to appear in English:
vpxClient -locale en_US

Features Added in This Release

This release includes all features and fixes from 5.0 Update 1


Compatibility and Installation

ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Client Version Compatibility

Apart from the database support introduced in the Whats New section, vCenter 5.0 Update 1a provides the same level of compatibility as the existing vCenter 5.0 Update 1 release. Please see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for full details on vCenter 5.0 Update 1a compatibility.

The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and earlier versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Client, and optional VMware products. In addition, this site provides information about supported management and backup agents that you can run before installing ESXi or vCenter Server.

The vSphere Web Client and the vSphere Client are packaged with the vCenter Server and modules ZIP file. You can install one or both clients from the VMware vCenter Installer wizard.

vSphere Client Connections to Linked Mode Environments

vCenter Server 5.0 can exist in Linked Mode only with other instances of vCenter Server 5.0. Linked Mode groups that contain both vCenter Server 5.0 and earlier versions of vCenter Server (such as vCenter Server 4.0 and vCenter Server 4.1) are not supported. In this release, you can manage Linked Mode groups that contain both vCenter Server 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1 instances.

vSphere 5.0 and VMware View Compatibility

To learn about vSphere configurations supported with VMware View, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix.

Installation Notes for This Release

Read the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation for step-by-step guidance on installing and configuring ESXi and vCenter Server.

After successful installation, you must perform some licensing, networking, and security configuration. For information about these configuration tasks, see the following guides in the vSphere documentation.

vCenter Server 5.0 supports installation on Windows 64-bit platforms only. You can upgrade from vCenter Server 4.1 to vCenter Server 5.0 on the same system if it is 64 bit. If you have VMware vCenter Server 2.5 or vCenter Server 4.0 on 32-bit systems installed, see the vSphere Upgrade documentation for instructions on installing vCenter Server on a 64-bit operating system and preserving your vCenter Server database.

vCenter Server 5.0 includes Management Information Base (MIB) files related to vCenter Server. You can download MIB files related to ESXi from the VMware Web site at http://www.vmware.com/download/vsphere/drivers_tools.html.


vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a | 12 July 2012 | Build 755629

vSphere Client 5.0 Update 1a | 12 July 2012 | Build 755629

vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a Installation Package | 12 July 2012 | Build 757163

vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 Update 1a | 12 July 2012 | Build 759855

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