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VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration by Eric Siebert

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Chapter 8. Maintaining Your Virtual Environment

With any software application, patching and upgrades are a necessity to ensure that bugs and security vulnerabilities are resolved and new features are added. With virtual hosts, it is even more important to apply patches in a timely manner because the effect of a bug or vulnerability can affect many VMs running on that host. VMware usually releases patches for ESX and ESXi every month, although not on a set schedule or day. In addition to patching your host servers, many patches require updates to the VMware Tools application that runs on your VMs. In addition, VMware releases periodic updates to vCenter Server to fix bugs and occasionally to add new features and functionality. When it comes to ...

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