vSphere Doesn’t Need Any Security or Bug Fixes

So it seems that the vFanboys are chuckling to themselves today because they saw some bug fixes being released for Windows Server 2012 & Hyper-V.  I hate to burst your vBubble, but it seems that VMware also releases fixes.

For you IT pro wanabees out there, pretty much any decent amount of code is going to have bugs.  You can test all you want, but it’s really only when code gets out into the real world that the product gets truly stressed across scenarios, hardware, drivers, firmwares, and so on.  So, what can we find on the VMware site?  I did a search on ESXi 5.1 and saw this:


So VMware’s developers are human too!  Am I making fun of VMware here?  No.  Am I saying vSphere isn’t fit for usage?  No.  I expect to find bug fixes for heavy duty software.

Am I making fun of the fact that you need to install Java to download these fixes?  You bet your ass I am Smile  Seriously?!?!? You need to use the biggest security vulnerability on the planet to download security and bug fixes from VMware?  Damn!

What about the size of these fixes?  The smallest one is 306.1 MB and the largest is 602.4 MB.  Hmm.  You know how vFanboys love to gufaw about having to install the “bloatware” that is Windows Server to get Hyper-V?  The April update rollup for Windows Server that fixes a long list of things is just 45.4 MB. 

I’m thinking the vFanboys in question need to check their facts first.  You know who you are Smile

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4 thoughts on “vSphere Doesn’t Need Any Security or Bug Fixes”

  1. Disclaimer: VMware employee

    I completely agree there’s no such thing as perfect software, bugs will be found & they’ll be fixed. Definitely silly argument for anyone stating they have bug free code, means they probably haven’t tested enough.

    Regarding the download manager, it is not a mandatory requirement. If you wish to use the download manager, you’ll need Java (like most download managers). You can also just manually download (right click, which is what I normally use)

    Finally, ESXi patches are not actually individual patches but is a cumulative patched image which is ~300MB if you include VMware Tools, else its ~150MB. The 600MB patch that you see is broken up into several “Image Profiles” that can contain bug fixes only, bug fix + VMware Tools, security fixes only or security fixes + VMware Tools. This just provides additional flexibility for the vSphere administrator depending on what they’re looking for.

    So when you’re patching, it’s not increasing the footprint, we’re just updating the entire Image Profile. Hopefully this makes sense.



  2. Agree with william and would like to add that Microsoft has used hotfixes that are poorly documented and non intuitive for IT generalists to know that you need to install them for years now. Add the DFS role on a 2k8 server? Wizard. Then go around various MS urls to download and install hotfixes so that it actually works. Ridiculous. I’m sad to see Hyper-V hotfixes around. Maybe in a few years Hyper-V will be able to cluster as well as vSphere Essentials Edition.

  3. Disclaimer: VMWare and Microsoft Partner Employee. Primarly work with VMware.

    I really enjoy the posts and find them quite informative as I expand my skill set to include MS virtulization technology.

    But I did want to point out that hopefully VMWare customers are using VMware Update Manager (VUM) to update their vSphere clusters. It is a fantastic tool and simplifies the update process. But interestingly enough VUM does require JRE as a install prerequisite.

    I love all virtulization technology. We need to work on a label for myself and anyone else who is like minded.



  4. Matt, I’m in the same boat as you. I’m working hard to learn Hyper-V and VMM so I can call myself a “Virtualization Engineer” rather than a “VMware Engineer.” Virtualization isn’t a one hypervisor show anymore and I want to be able to guide and advise my clients on which virtualization product works best for them rather than push a single product.

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