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VMware vSphere 5.1 released!


VMware vSphere 5.1 has finally been officially released.

For me, one of the biggest things I have looked forward to is the revamped vSphere web client,  which was announced at VMworld 2012 a few weeks back.


With the desktop version going away, the new web based client means that I (and other MacOSX users) can now enjoy the freedom of not spinning up a Windows virtual machine in order to get access

to the windows based desktop client.


Below is the related downloads and documentation links:


vSphere Licensed Downloads (valid download account required).

ESXi 5.1.0 Installable

vCenter Server 5.1.0 and modules

VMware vCloud Director 5.1.0

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1.0

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 1.2.0

VMware vCenter Operations Management 5.0.3

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 5.5.1

vSphere Data Protection 5.1.0 

vSphere Replication 5.1.0

vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1.0 

vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.0

vCenter Orchestrator Appliance 5.1.0


vSphere Free Downloads

HP Custom Image for ESXi 5.1.0

ESXi™ 5.1 Reference Poster

vSphere PowerCLI 5.1

vSphere CLI 5.1

vSphere Management Assistant 5.1


Release Notes

VMware vSphere® 5.1 Release Notes

vCloud Director 5.1 Release Notes

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 Release Notes

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 1.2 Release Notes

vSphere Command-Line Interface 5.1 Release Notes

What’s New In ESXCLI 5.1



VMware vSphere 5.1 Documentation

ESXi and vCenter Server Product Documentation Archives

Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 5.1

vSphere Command-Line Interface Documentation page

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Documentation page

vSphere Management Assistant Documentation page

VMware Sphere Replication Documentation page

VMware vCenter Update Manager Documentation page

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Documentation page

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Documentation page


Knowledge Base

Installing vCenter Server 5.1 best practices

Methods of upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1

Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 best practices

Methods of installing ESXi 5.1

Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.1 best practices

Methods of upgrading to ESXi 5.1

Location of ESXi 5.1 log files

Upgrading vCenter Server, ESX/ESXi hosts, and vShield Edge Appliances for vCloud Director 5.1

Network health check feature limitations in vSphere 5.1

Understanding vSphere 5.1 network rollback and recovery

Manually configuring HA slot sizes in vSphere 5.1

Upgrade paths from vSphere editions to VMware vCloud Suite 5.1

Network port requirements for vCloud Director 5.1

Installing vCloud Director 5.1 best practices

Supported web browsers in vCloud Director 5.1

Installing and configuring a vCloud Director 5.1 database

Supported guest operating systems in vCloud Director 5.1

Upgrading to vCloud Director 5.1 best practices



vCloud Suite Licensing

VMware vSphere 5 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging



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