VMware vSphere 7 Update 3d (VCSA 7.0U3d & ESXi 7.0U3d) includes critical bugfixes

Posted by Paul Braren on Apr 27 2022 (updated on May 2 2022) in
  • ESXi
  • Virtualization
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  • vSphere7
  • Refer to this VMware KB for all release and patch dates.

    Partial screenshot of VMware KB 2143832 on Mar 31 2022, click/tap to view the full article.

    For detailed information on this release, please visit:

    • VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3d Release Notes
      I encourage you to carefully review all instances of the words Critical and Purple, here's some excerpts:

      Component  |  Bulletin  |  Category  |  Severity
      ESXi Component - core ESXi VIBs |   ESXi_7.0.3-0.35.19482537 |  Bugfix  Critical
      ESXi Install/Upgrade Component |    esx-update_7.0.3-0.35.19482537 | Bugfix Critical
      Broadcom Emulex Connectivity Division FC and FCoE Driver | Broadcom-ELX-lpfc_14.0.169.25-5vmw.> 703.0.35.19482537   Bugfix  Critical
      LSI NATIVE DRIVERS LSU Management Plugin | Broadcom-lsiv2-drivers-plugin_1.0.0-10vmw.703.0.35.19482537 | Bugfix Critical
      VMware NVMe over TCP Driver |   VMware-NVMeoF-TCP_1.0.0.1-1vmw.703.0.35.19482537 | Bugfix   Critical
      ESXi Component - core ESXi VIBs |   ESXi_7.0.3-0.30.19482531 | Security Critical
      ESXi Install/Upgrade Component | esx-update_7.0.3-0.30.19482531 |   Security    Critical
      VMware-VM-Tools |   VMware-VM-Tools_11.3.5.18557794-19482531 |  Security    Critical
    • VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3d Release Notes

      Miscellaneous Issues

      • SSH access fails after you upgrade to ESXi 7.0 Update 3d

        After you upgrade to ESXi 7.0 Update 3d, SSH access might fail in certain conditions due to an update of OpenSSH to version 8.8.

        Workaround: For more information, see VMware knowledge base article 88055.

    When you're done, you'll be on:

    • VCSA 7.0.3 7.0U3d (7 Update 3d) Build 19480866 (VAMI calls it
    • ESXi 7.0.3 7.0U3d (7 Update 3d) Build 19482537



    While I successfully upgraded both my VCSA and my ESXi host in my home lab, I still encountered difficulties getting daily automated backups of VCSA working again, backing up to an SMB target, referenced in KB 86069 "VAMI Backup with SMB reports error: "Path not exported by the remote filesystem" (86069)". You can follow my struggles and eventual success here:

    Certainly wouldn't encourage investing more time in it unless you feel like it. FYI, somehow, merely changing the time of day for scheduled VCSA backups somehow got them working again, at least for me. Only takes seconds to give it a try, but yeah, I know, it's a longshot...

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