vSphere 5.0 Update 1 released (ESXi 5.0 Update 1 Build 623860 and vCenter Update 1 Build 639890)

Posted by Paul Braren on Mar 16 2012 (updated on Aug 15 2012) in
  • Virtualization
  • Windows
  • ESXi
  • This is just a brief product update announcement with reference links. 

    Upgrade Install of ESXi 5.0 Update 1:

    If you don't have VUM (VMware Upgrade Manager) installed, the easiest way to upgrade your existing ESXi 5.0 installation can be done by kicking off the patch download of the zip bundle from this site:
    then, while downloading, you can read about the bundle here:
    once you've got the zip file, then follow along with these instructions:
    or the new video walkthrough I just recorded here:

    Fresh Install of ESXi 5.0 Update 1:

    This 5.0 Update 1 installable was also released today, with links to the detailed release notes here:
    If you also want a walk through of the fresh install method, see also:
    I haven't yet spotted whether this affects Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows Server 8 Beta behavior much, other than this sentence in the release notes:

    The VMware vCenter Server for Windows 5.0 Update 1 offers the following improvements:
    Guest Operating System Customization Improvements: vCenter Server adds support for customization of the following guest operating systems:
    Windows 8

    update Mar 16 2012 06:00pm, new VMware Tools 8.6.5 build-621624 that comes bundled in ESXi 5.0 Update 1 now lets you install:
    "VMware SVGA 3D (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM)" 7/28/2011 driver in Windows 8 Consumer Preview without any errors, seems to work!

    Also, when using the create a Virtual Machine Typical install wizard, you can now choose Windows 8 or Windows Server 8 right from the the drop-down menu._

    The actual public download site is here, but you need a valid login:
    and for those with proper entitlement/licensing, the direct download for VMware ESXi 5.0 Installable Update 1:

    Free Version of the Hypervisor:

    I don't yet see an update for the free Hypervisor download, so it's still at
    ESXi 5.0 Installable (CD ISO)
    08/24/11 | 5.0.0 | 291 MB | Binary (.iso)
    but that can be patched to get the to the same 5.0 Update 1 (see Upgrade Install above) 

    VMware vCenter Server Appliance is still

    I don't yet see an update for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, so it's still at Build 472350, seen in screenshot below.


    Easiest to get the appliance by using these links to grab the 3 files you need by manual cut and paste (links don't seem to render and work right):

    Link 1
    Link 2
    Link 3

    And here’s the guide to get started with actually importing these files and configuring the VM under ESXi 5.0:
    or if you prefer, a video walkthrough I created here:

    See also "Enabling No Execute Memory Protection" in host BIOS, and disabling floppies, as fixes for folks with Error Code 0x0000005D: