Current version information VMware vSphere 5

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You will find current version information regarding VMware vSphere 5 in this article.

General Information regarding VMware vSphere 5


Current Patches

The current patches can be downloaded from here:

ESXi 5.0 Update 1, vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1

Important changes (extracts) in this version:

  • ESXi: Support for additional guest operating systems – ESXi 5.0 Update 1 adds support for Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.2 and 10.7.3.
  • ESXi: New or upgraded device drivers – ESXi 5.0 Update 1 adds support for native storage drivers for Intel C600 series chipset and upgrades LSI MegaRAID SAS driver to version 5.34.
  • vCenter: Guest Operating System Customization Improvements – vCenter Server adds support for customization of the following guest operating systems: Windows 8, Ubuntu 11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04LTS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2

Complete Release Notes with all changes:

ESXi 5.0, vCenter Server 5.0, vCenter Server Appliance 5.0

Important changes (extracts) in this version:[1][2]

  • VMFS Version 5
Maximum LUN size: 64TB
Unified Block Size: 1MB
Maximum File Size: 2TB minus 512 Byte
The LUN must be re-formatted for migration
  • Current VMware Storage DRS - vSphere 5
  • Profile-driven Storage
  • New virtual machine format (version 8) with support for 3D graphics for Windows Aero and USB 3.0 devices
  • Newly developed VMware HA - vSphere 5
  • vSphere Web Client
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance (Linux-based Virtual Appliance with vCenter Server)
  • List of 140 changes: vSphere 5.0 Features (, 24.08.2011)

Complete Release Notes with all changes:


  1. What’s New with VMware vSphere 5 (
  2. VMware announces vSphere 5 – UPDATED (, 14.07.2011)

Additional Information