VMware has recalled all released versions of vSphere 7.0 Update 3

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VMware’s vSphere ESXi 7.0 U3, U3a, and U3b and VMware vCenter 7.0 U3b are no longer available for download due to several critical issues identified in them.

Issues experienced in the field

Organizations running vSphere 7.0 Update 3 have reported the following critical issues:

Recalled and available versions

The following vSphere 7.0 Update 3 releases have been removed:

  • vSphere ESXi 7.0 Update 3    (build 18644231)
  • vSphere ESXi 7.0 Update 3a  (build 18825058)
  • vSphere ESXi 7.0 Update 3b  (build 18905247)
  • vSphere vCenter 7.0 Update 3b (build 18901211)

There had already been two updates to try to remedy the above issues, but the issues ended up being too serious to keep trying to patch in-situ.

What to do with this information

if your organization utilizes a previous version of VMware vSphere, hold off on planning the upgrade to vSphere 7.0 Update 3, for now. Eventually, a build that remedies the above issues will be made available and will be safe to upgrade to. There is hope that this update will arrive in time to escape the end of support for vSphere 6.5 and vSphere 6.7.

If you are already on 7.0 Update 3 and aren’t experiencing issues, you can ignore this blogpost and will likely be among the first organizations to upgrade to new builds anyway.

If you are already on 7.0 Update 3 and experiencing issues, you will receive support from VMware.

Further reading

VMware 7.0 ESXi Update 3 Pulled for Bugs  
Important Information on ESXi 7 Update 3  
VMware withdraws major vSphere release due to bugs
vSphere 7.0 Update 3 Known Issues and Workarounds

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