Correlating vSAN versions with vSphere (vCenter & ESXi) Versions

I often get asked if a certain version of vSAN can be deployed on a different version of vSphere. The answer is no. vSAN is built into the vSphere version. That means vCenter needs to be upgraded to the correct version of vCenter and all the hosts in the cluster need to be upgraded to the correct version of ESXi in order to get the features of that version of vSAN. Lastly, vSAN formats each disk drive with an on-disk format, so to get the full features of a specific release, you may need to update the on-disk format.

Here’s basically how everything breaks down:

  • If you have vSphere 5.5 (vCenter Server 5.0 & ESXi 5.0) then you have vSAN 5.5.
  • If you have vSphere 6.0 (vCenter Server 6.0 & ESXi 6.0) then you have vSAN 6.0.
  • If you have vSphere 6.0 U1 (vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 & ESXi 6.0 Update 1) then you have vSAN 6.1.
  • If you have vSphere 6.0 U2 (vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 & ESXi 6.0 Update 2) then you have vSAN 6.2.
  • If you have vSphere 6.5 (vCenter Server 6.5 & ESXi 6.5) then you have vSAN 6.5.
  • If you have vSphere 6.5.0d (vCenter Server 6.5.0d & ESXi 6.5.0d) then you have vSAN 6.6.
  • If you have vSphere 6.5 Update 1 (vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 & ESXi 6.5 Update 1) then you have vSAN 6.6.1.
  • If you have vSphere 6.7 (vCenter Server 6.7 & ESXi 6.7) then you have vSAN 6.7

Here’s a more detailed matrix:

Version Release

Date

Build

Number

Installer Build Number vSAN Version vSAN

On-Disk Format

(Web Client)

ESXi 6.5 U2 2018-05-03 8294253 N/A 6.6.1 U2 5
ESXi 6.7 GA 2018-04-17 8169922 N/A 6.7 GA 6
ESXi 6.6.1 Patch 02 2017-12-19 7388607 N/A 6.6.1 Patch 02 5
ESXi 6.5 Express Patch 4 2017-10-05 6765664 N/A 6.6.1 Express Patch 4 5
ESXi 6.5 Update 1 2017-07-27 5969303 N/A 6.6.1 5
ESXi 6.5.0d 2017-04-18 5310538 N/A 6.6 5
ESXi 6.5. Express Patch 1a 2017-03-28 5224529 N/A 6.5 Express Patch 1a 3
ESXi 6.5. Patch 01 2017-03-09 5146846 5146843 6.5 Patch 01 3
ESXi 6.5.0a 2017-02-02 4887370 N/A 6.5.0a 3
ESXi 6.5 GA 2016-11-15 4564106 N/A 6.5 3
ESXi 6.0 Patch 7 2018-07-26 9239799 N/A 6.2 Patch 7 3
ESXi 6.0 Patch 6 2017-11-09 6921384 N/A 6.2 Patch 6 3
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 11 2017-10-05 6765062 N/A 6.2 Express Patch 11 3
ESXi 6.0 Patch 5 2017-06-06 5572656 N/A 6.2 Patch 5 3
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 7c 2017-03-28 5251623 N/A 6.2 Express Patch 7c 3
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 7a 2017-03-28 5224934 N/A 6.2 Express Patch 7a 3
ESXi 6.0 Update 3 2017-02-24 5050593 N/A 6.2 Update 3 3
ESXi 6.0 Patch 4 2016-11-22 4600944 N/A 6.2 Patch 4 3
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 7 2016-10-17 4510822 N/A 6.2 Express Patch 7 3
ESXi 6.0 Patch 3 2016-08-04 4192238 N/A 6.2 Patch 3 3
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 6 2016-05-12 3825889 N/A 6.2 Express Patch 6 3
ESXi 6.0 Update 2 2016-03-16 3620759 N/A 6.2 3
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 5 2016-02-23 3568940 N/A 6.1 Express Patch 5 2
ESXi 6.0 Update 1b 2016-01-07 3380124 N/A 6.1 Update 1b 2
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 4 2015-11-25 3247720 N/A 6.1 Express Patch 4 2
ESXi 6.0 U1a (Express Patch 3) 2015-10-06 3073146 N/A 6.1 U1a (Express Patch 3) 2
ESXi 6.0 U1 2015-09-10 3029758 N/A 6.1 2
ESXi 6.0.0b 2015-07-07 2809209 N/A 6.0.0b 2
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 2 2015-05-14 2715440 N/A 6.0 Express Patch 2 2
ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 1 2015-04-09 2615704 2615979 6.0 Express Patch 1 2
ESXi 6.0 GA 2015-03-12 2494585 N/A 6.0 2
ESXi 5.5 Patch 10 2016-12-20 4722766 4761836 5.5 Patch 10 1
ESXi 5.5 Patch 9 2016-09-15 4345813 4362114 5.5 Patch 9 1
ESXi 5.5 Patch 8 2016-08-04 4179633 N/A 5.5 Patch 8 1
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 10 2016-02-22 3568722 N/A 5.5 Express Patch 10 1
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 9 2016-01-04 3343343 N/A 5.5 Express Patch 9 1
ESXi 5.5 Update 3b 2015-12-08 3248547 N/A 5.5 Update 3b 1
ESXi 5.5 Update 3a 2015-10-06 3116895 N/A 5.5 Update 3a 1
ESXi 5.5 Update 3 2015-09-16 3029944 N/A 5.5 Update 3 1
ESXi 5.5 Patch 5 re-release 2015-05-08 2718055 N/A 5.5 Patch 5 re-release 1
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 7 2015-04-07 2638301 N/A 5.5 Express Patch 7 1
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 6 2015-02-05 2456374 N/A 5.5 Express Patch 6 1
ESXi 5.5 Patch 4 2015-01-27 2403361 N/A 5.5 Patch 4 1
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 5 2014-12-02 2302651 N/A 5.5 Express Patch 5 1
ESXi 5.5 Patch 3 2014-10-15 2143827 N/A 5.5 Patch 3 1
ESXi 5.5 Update 2 2014-09-09 2068190 N/A 5.5 Update 2 1
ESXi 5.5 Patch 2 2014-07-01 1892794 N/A 5.5 Patch 2 1
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 4 2014-06-11 1881737 N/A 5.5 Express Patch 4 1
ESXi 5.5 Update 1a 2014-04-19 1746018 N/A 5.5 Update 1a 1
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 3 2014-04-19 1746974 N/A 5.5 Express Patch 3 1
ESXi 5.5 Update 1 2014-03-11 1623387 N/A 5.5 Update 1 1
ESXi 5.5 Patch 1 2013-12-22 1474528 N/A 5.5 Patch 1 1
ESXi 5.5 GA 2013-09-22 1331820 N/A 5.5 1

As a reference, see:

Build numbers and versions of VMware vSAN (2150753) – This is a new KB post that went up on July 31, 2017 which provides the same information as above.

Build numbers and versions of VMware vCenter Server (2143838)

Build numbers and versions of VMware ESXi/ESX (2143832)

Understanding vSAN on-disk format versions (2145267)

 

 

 

 

 

How do I determine what ESXi and vCenter builds I am running?

When starting a new VMware project or evaluating new features, it’s always good to start with the latest and greatest software versions. The following describes how to figure out what ESXi, vCenter, and Web Client you are currently running and if they are the latest build number. If not, you should consider upgrading.

Where can I find a list of VMware software versions and build numbers?

VMware vSphere and vCloud suite build numbers table:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1014508

How do I determine what ESXi build am I running?

Via the vSphere Web Client

  • Log into the VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Select a host
    • Home à Hosts and Clusters à Datacenter à Cluster à Host
  • Select Summary tab
  • Find the Configuration box (likely somewhere at the bottom right of screen)
  • “ESX/ESXi Version” will tell you the version and build number

ESXi build

Via command line

  • Log into the ESXi Shell of a host either by enabling local access and use the local shell on the physical console or enable SSH access and connect via an SSH tool like PuTTY.
  • Execute the following command
    • vmware –vl
  • Results will look something like this:
    • VMware ESXi 5.5.0 build-???????
    • VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1

vmware -vl

How do I determine what vCenter build am I running?

  • Log into the VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Locate the vCenter Server in the inventory tree
    • Home à vCenter à Inventory Lists à vCenter Servers à vCenter Server
  • Select the “Summary” tab
  • The version is listed in the “Version Information” pane on the right (see screenshot)

vCenter build

How do I determine what vSphere Web Client build am I running

  • On the vSphere Web Client
  • Help —> About VMware vSphere
  • The version is listed in the “Version Information” pane on the right (should look something like)
    • vSphere Web Client: Version 5.5.0 Build ???????

WebClient build