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VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi and vCenter/VirtualCenter Build Numbers Table

VMware Product Version Name Release Data Build Number Installer Build Number  VMware Software URL
ESXi 6.0 Information:
ESXi 6.0 GA 2015-03-12 2494585 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Information:
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 6 2015-02-05 2456374 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Patch 4 2015-01-27 2403361 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 5 2014-12-02 2302651 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Patch 3 2014-10-15 2143827 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Update 2 2014-09-09 2068190 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.5 Patch 2 2014-07-01 1892794 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 4 2014-06-11 1881737 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Update 1a 2014-04-19 1746018 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 3 2014-04-19 1746974 N/A
ESXi 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 1623387 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.5 Patch 1 2013-12-22 1474528 N/A
ESXi 5.5 GA 2013-09-22 1331820 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Information:      
ESXi 5.1 Update 3 2014-12-04 2323236 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Patch 6 2014-10-30 2191751 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 5 2014-07-31 2000251 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 5 2014-06-17 1900470 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 4 2014-04-29 1743533 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 4 2014-02-27 1612806 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Update 2 2014-01-16 1483097 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Patch 3 2013-10-17 1312873 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 2 2013-07-25 1157734 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 3 2013-05-23 1117900 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Update 1 2013-04-25 1065491 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.1 Express Patch 2 2013-03-07 1021289 N/A
ESXi 5.1 Patch 1 2012-12-20 914609 N/A
ESXi 5.1.0a 2012-10-25 838463 N/A
ESXi 5.1.0 GA 2012-09-10 799733 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Information:
ESXi 5.0 Patch 9 2014-08-28 2000308 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 6 2014-07-01 1918656 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 8 2014-05-29 1851670 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 7 2014-01-23 1489271 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Update 3 2013-10-17 1311175 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Patch 6 2013-08-29 1254542 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 5 2013-05-15 1117897 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 5 2013-03-28 1024429 N/A
ESXi 5.0 Update 2 2012-12-20 914586 N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Patch 4 2012-09-27 821926 822948
ESXi 5.0 Patch 3 2012-07-12 768111  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 4 2012-06-14 721882  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 3 2012-05-03 702118  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 2 2012-04-12 653509  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Update 1 2012-03-15 623860  N/A  Download
ESXi 5.0 Patch 2 2011-12-15 515841  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Express Patch 1 2011-11-03 504890  N/A
ESXi 5.0 Patch 1 2011-09-13 474610 474643
ESXi 5.0 GA 2011-08-24 469965 469512  Download
ESX/ESXi 4.1 Information: N/A
ESX 4.1 Patch 11a 2014-10-01 2168595 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 11 2014-04-10 1682698 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 10 2013-12-05 1363503 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 9 2013-07-31 1198252 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 8 2013-04-30 1050704 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 7 2013-01-31 988178 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 6 2012-11-15 874690 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Express Patch 3 2012-06-14 721871 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Express Patch 2-1 2012-05-03 702113 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 5 2012-04-26 659051 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 4 2012-01-30 582267 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Update 3 2012-08-30 800380 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Update 2 2011-10-27 502767 N/A
ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 3 2011-07-28 433742 N/A
ESXi 4.1 Patch 2 2011-04-28 381591 382386
ESX 4.1 Patch 2 2011-04-28 381591 396960
ESXi 4.1 Update 1 2011-02-10 351620 348481
ESX 4.1 Update 1 2011-02-10 351621 348481
ESX 4.1 Express Patch 1 2010-11-30 320381 320137
ESX 4.1 Patch 1 2010-11-16 320092 N/A
ESX 4.1 GA 2010-07-13 260247 N/A
ESX/ESXi 4.0 Information:
ESX 4.0 Patch 15 2014-10-01 2167889 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 14 2013-10-24 1335992 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 13 2012-05-30 1070634 N/A
ESX 4.0 Express Patch 9 2013-02-07 989856 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 12 2012-09-14 787047 N/A
ESX 4.0 Express Patch 8 2012-06-14 721907 N/A
ESX 4.0 Express Patch 7 2012-05-03 702116 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 11 2012-03-30 660575 N/A
ESXi 4.0 Update 4 2011-11-17 523315 504850
ESX 4.0 Patch 10 2011-10-13 480973 N/A
ESXi 4.0 Update 3 2011-05-05 403554 398348
ESX 4.0 Update 3 2011-05-05 403553 398348
ESX 4.0 Patch 9 2011-03-07 360236 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 8 2011-01-04 332073 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 7 2010-09-30 294855 N/A
ESX 4.0 Update 2 2010-06-10 261974 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 6 2010-05-27 256968 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 5 2010-04-01 244038 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 4 2010-03-03 236512 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 3 2010-01-06 219382 N/A
ESX 4.0 Update 1 2009-11-19 208167 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 2 2009-09-24 193498 N/A
ESX 4.0 Patch 1 2009-07-09 175625 N/A
ESX 4.0 Eval & Free Download 171294 N/A
ESX 4.0 GA 2009-05-21 164009 N/A
ESX/ESXi 3.5 Information:
ESX 3.5 Patch 27 2013-02-21 988599 N/A
ESX 3.5 Express Patch 3 2012-06-14 725354 N/A
ESX 3.5 Express Patch 2 2012-05-03 702112 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 26 2012-03-09 604481 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 25 2011-06-30 391406 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 24 2010-12-07 317866 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 23 2010-08-31 283373 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 22 2010-06-24 259926 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 21 2010-03-30 238493 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 20 2010-02-16 226117 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 19 2009-12-29 213532 N/A
ESX 3.5 U5 2009-12-03 207095 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 18 2009-10-16 199239 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 17 2009-08-31 184236 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 16 2009-07-30 176894 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 15 2009-06-30 169697 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 14 2009-05-28 163429 N/A
ESX 3.5 Patch 13 2009-04-29 158874 N/A
ESX 3.5 U4 2009-03-30 153875 N/A
ESXi 3.5 U4 2009-03-30 153875 N/A
ESXi/ESX 3.5 U3 Patch 11.5 2009-03-20 153840 N/A
ESX 3.5i U3 Patch 11 2009-01-30 143129 N/A
ESX 3.5 U3 Patch 11 2009-01-30 143128 N/A
ESX 3.5 U3 Patch 10 2008-12-02 130756 N/A
ESX 3.5 U3 2008-11-06 123630 N/A
ESXi 3.5 U3 2008-11-06 123629 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2 Patch N/A 113339 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2a N/A 110268 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2+patch N/A 110181 N/A
ESXi 3.5 U2 2008-08-13 103909 N/A
ESX 3.5 U2 2008-08-13 103909 N/A
ESX 3.5.0 Patch 05 N/A 98103 N/A
ESX 3.5.0 Patch 04 N/A 95350 N/A
ESX 3.5/3i U1 2008-04-10 82663 N/A
ESX 3.5.0 GA 2008-02-20 64607 N/A
ESX 3.0 Information:
ESX 3.0.3 P13 2011-02-15 312855 N/A
ESX 3.0.3 P10 N/A 184235 N/A
ESX 3.0.3 GA 2008-07-14 104629 N/A
ESX 3.0.2 U1 2007-10-25 61618 N/A
ESX 3.0.2 GA 2007-07-26 52542 N/A
ESX 3.0.1 GA 2006-09-25 32039 N/A
ESX 3.0.0 GA 2006-06-16 27701 N/A
ESX 2.5 Information:
ESX 2.5.5 P14 N/A 184659 N/A
ESX 2.5.5. GA 2007-09-17 57619 N/A
vCenter 5.5 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2d 2015-01-27 2442329 2442328
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2b 2014-10-09 2183111 2183112
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2 2014-09-09 2001466 2105955
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1c 2014-07-22 1945274 1945270
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b 2014-06-12 1891313 1891310
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1a 2014-04-19 1750787 1750795
vCenter Server 5.5.0c 2014-04-19 1750596 1750597
vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 1623099 1623101
vCenter Server 5.5.0b 2013-12-22 1476327 1476387
vCenter Server 5.5.0a 2013-10-31 1378903 1378901
vCenter Server 5.5 GA 2013-09-22 1312299 N/A
vCenter 5.5 Information (Appliance):
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2d 2015-01-27 2442329 2442330
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2b 2014-10-09 2183111 2183109
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2a 2014-10-01 2001466 2170515
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 2 2014-09-09 2001466 2063318
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1c 2014-07-22 1945274 1945271
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1b 2014-06-12 1891313 1891314
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1a 2014-04-19 1750787 1750781
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0c 2014-04-19 1750596 1750593
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 1623101 1624811
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0b 2013-12-22 1476327 1476389
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0a 2013-10-31 1398495 1398493
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 GA 2013-09-22 1312298 1312297
vCenter 5.1 Information (Microsoft Windows):
 VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Update 2c 2014-10-30 2207772 2212977
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 3 2014-12-04 2306353 2308386
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 2a 2014-07-01 1882349 1917403
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 2 2014-01-16 1473063 1474365
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1c 2013-10-17 1364037 1364079
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1b 2013-08-01 1235232 1235309
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1a 2013-05-22 1123961 1123966
 vCenter Server 5.1 Update 1 2013-04-25 1064983 1065152
 vCenter Server 5.1.0b 2012-12-20 947673 947939
 vCenter Server 5.1.0a 2012-10-25 880146 880471
vCenter Server 5.1 GA 2012-09-10 799731 799735
vCenter 5.1 Information (Appliance):
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2014-12-04 2306353 2308385
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2b 2014-10-01 1882349 2170517
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2a 2014-07-01 1882349 1917404
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 2 2014-01-16 1474364 1474365
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1c 2013-10-17 1364042 N/A
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1b 2013-08-01 1235232 1235310
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1a 2013-05-22 1123961 1123965
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 Update 1 2013-04-25 1065184 1064983
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1.0b 2012-12-20 947673 947940
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1.0a 2012-10-25 880472 880146
vCenter Server Appliance 5.1GA 2012-08-13 799730 799731
vCenter 5.0 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 5.0 U3c 2014-11-20 2210222 2215678
vCenter Server 5.0 U3a 2014-07-01 1917469 1923446
vCenter Server 5.0 U3 2013-10-17 1300600 1343691
vCenter Server 5.0 U2 2012-12-20 913577 923238
vCenter Server 5.0 U1b 2012-08-16 804277 804276
vCenter Server 5.0 U1a* 2012-07-12 755629 757163
vCenter Server 5.0 U1 2012-03-15 623373 639890
vCenter Server 5.0 GA 2011-08-24 455964 456005
vCenter 5.0 Information (Appliance):
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3c 2014-11-20 2210222 2213719
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3b 2014-10-01 1917469 2170782
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3a 2014-07-01 1917469 1923445
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U3 2013-10-17 1302764 N/A
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U2 2012-12-20 920217 N/A
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U1b 2012-08-16 804277 804279
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 U1a 2012-07-12 759855 N/A
 vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 GA 2011-08-24 455964 472350
vCenter 4.1 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 4.1 U3a 2013-01-31 925676 978694
vCenter Server 4.1 U3 2012-08-30 816786 799345
vCenter Server 4.1 U2 2011-10-27 491557 493063
vCenter Server 4.1 U1 2011-02-10 345043 345042
vCenter Server 4.1 GA 2010-07-13 258902 259021
vCenter 4.0 Information (Microsoft Windows):
vCenter Server 4.0 Update 4b 2013-02-17 934016 934018
vCenter Server 4.0 Update 4a 2012-09-13 818020 792836
vCenter Server 4.0 U4 2011-11-17 496403 502539
vCenter Server 4.0 U3 2011-05-05 385281 387869
vCenter Server 4.0 U2 2010-06-10 258672 264050
vCenter Server 4.0 U1 2010-11-19 208111 208156
vCenter Server 4.0 Patch 1 2010-02-25 183347 N/A
vCenter Server 4.0 GA 2009-05-21 162856 162902
VirtualCenter 2.5 Information (Microsoft Windows):
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6c 2013-02-21 988588 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6b 2012-03-08 598800 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6a# 2011-05-05 341471 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6 Localized 2010-01-29 227640 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U6 English 2010-01-29 227637 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U5 Localized 2009-07-10 174835 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U5 English 2009-07-10 174768 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U4 Localized 2009-02-23 147704 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U4 German 2009-02-23 147697 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U4 English 2009-02-23 147633 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U3 2008-10-03 119598 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U2 2008-07-25 104215 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 U1 2008-04-10 84767 N/A
VirtualCenter 2.5.0 GA 2007-12-10 64192 N/A



Re-Ordering VMware Network Adapters the Right Way – Existing Installation Process

Note: Changing VMNIC names by editing the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file is not supported by VMware.We are not going to make any changes to the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file manually.

Using this method we will let VMware ESXi/ESX do it automatically.

These instructions are for VMware ESXi hosts with vSwitches or Port Groups already configured.

You can also use these instructions for many situation like any of these:

1) If you lost host network connectivity either after:
a) System BIOS update
b) Firmware update
c) Patch Upgrade/update
d) Add a new Network Card

Step # 1
Place the ESXi/ESX host into Maintenance Mode.
Step # 2
Remove all VMNICs from the virtual switches except vmnic0, which is used for management.(Note: Make a note and/or diagram of which VMNICs are assigned to which vSwitches.)
Step # 3
Shut down the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 4
Remove/disable all NICs except vmnic0.a) On-board NICs can be disabled in the System BIOS.

b) NICs installed in PCI slots should be physically removed.

(Note: Make a note and/or diagram from which slot each Network Card was installed.)

Step # 5
Boot the server. At boot time, all removed/disabled VMNICs are removed from the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file.
Step # 6
Shut down the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 7
Add/enable all required NICs.a) Enable the On-Board NICs in the BIOS.
b) Re-insert the PCI bus NICs into the slots they came from.
(Note: I do this one at a time, shutting down and restarting the ESXi host after adding back each NIC.

This way I can check that my order is correct. You can use this process to check after adding each NIC.)

(Note: You can verify this by going into the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) Console.)

Step # 1 Login to the DCUI.
Step # 2 Under System Customization, select Configure Management Network.

Step # 3 Under Configure Management Network, select Network Adapters.

Step # 8
Boot the ESXi/ESX host.All VMNICs are assigned per segment, bus, slot, and function ID, and are ordered correctly.
Step # 9
Assign VMNICs back to the virtual switches they were assigned to before.
Step # 10
Exit maintenance mode on the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 11
Now all of your Network Cards should be back into the system and correctly ordered.
More Information on how VMware ESXi/ESX deals with the Network Card ordering.
The PCI ID to VMNIC numbering relationship is determined at boot time and is automatically entered into the esx.conf file for persistence.

The ESXi/ESX host first scans the segment number, then the bus number, the slot number, and finally the function number. This order ensures that ports on the same multi-port NIC are numbered sequentially.

Initially, when ESXi/ESX is installed, the VMNIC order will be sequential. This may change over time as NICs are removed and other NICS are added. This can result in VMNIC ordering that is undesirable and not in sync with the naming convention on other ESXi/ESX hosts.




Re-Ordering VMware Network Adapters the Right Way – Fresh Installation Process

Note: Changing VMNIC names by editing the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file is not supported by VMware.We are not going to make any changes to the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file manually.Using this method we will let VMware ESXi/ESX do it automatically.

These instructions are for a VMware ESXi hosts without vSwitches or Port Groups configured.
This is a freshly installed ESXi host that does not have the Network Adapters in the correct order.

If you are not using a Dell iDRAC/HP iLO or other Remote Management Interface, you need to follow my other process “Existing Installation Process”, because we disable all Network Cards and you will not be able to access your ESXi host.

I have another Blog post on doing this process if you already have your vSwitches or Port Groups setup and configured.

Step # 1
Place the ESXi/ESX host into Maintenance Mode.(Note: If ESXi/ESX host has already been added to vCenter, if not then you can safely skip this step.)
Step # 2
Shutdown the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 3
Physical Network Cards need to be physically remove from the system.(Note: Make a note and/or diagram from which slot each Network Card was installed.)
Step # 4
1) Boot into System BIOS to disable the On-Board Network Cards.
(Note: We disabled even our Mezzanine Card Slots, if using Blade Technology.)
2) Shutdown ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 5
Boot the ESXi/ESX host.(Note: At boot time, VMware ESXi/ESX will remove all removed and/or disabled Network Cards from the /etc/vmware/esx.conf file.)
Step # 6
Shutdown the ESXi/ESX host.
Step # 7
Add/Enable ESXi/ESX host Network Cards in the required order.1) Enable the On-Board Network Cards.Re-start the ESXi/ESX host.(Note: You can verify this by going into the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) Console.)Step # 1 Login to the DCUI.
Step # 2 Under System Customization, select Configure Management Network.Step # 3 Under Configure Management Network, select Network Adapters.
Step # 8
Add your Physical Network Cards back into the same slots from which they were installed.(Note: You can add them back into the system one at a time. This way you can re-check them using the DCUI Console process.)Continue this process until you have all of your Network Cards back into the system.
Step # 9
Now all of your Network Cards should be back into the system and correctly ordered.
More Information on how VMware ESXi/ESX deals with the Network Card ordering.
The PCI ID to VMNIC numbering relationship is determined at boot time and is automatically entered into the esx.conf file for persistence.

The ESXi/ESX host first scans the segment number, then the bus number, the slot number, and finally the function number. This order ensures that ports on the same multi-port NIC are numbered sequentially.

Initially, when ESXi/ESX is installed, the VMNIC order will be sequential. This may change over time as NICs are removed and other NICS are added. This can result in VMNIC ordering that is undesirable and not in sync with the naming convention on other ESXi/ESX hosts.