How to Determine the VMware ESX or ESXi Build Version.

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When visiting a client site and looking at their ESX/ESXi servers for the first time, one of the first things I look for is the ESX version they are running.  Although the minor releases of ESX are differentiated by their U1,U2,U3, etc titles it is not always apparent what build is running by a quick glance at the VMware Infrastructure Client (VIC) interface.

Below is a table that lists some common ESX and ESXi build numbers for reference. *Note: If anyone has extra build details that could be added to this table please let me know as this is by no means an exhaustive list.

VMware ESX Update: Build Number:
ESX 3.5.0 Update 1 64607
ESX 3.5.0 Update 2 110268
ESX 3.5.0 Update 3 123630
   
ESX 3i (3.5.0) Update 3 123629

The following are different methods (via the GUI and CLI) of determining the build of an ESX server.

VMware Infrastructure Client:

From the VIC there are a few ways of finding the ESX build number.

The first is by clicking on the ESX server in the VIC and selecting the ‘Summary’ tab.  The ESX version and build can be seen along the top of the row of tabs (see below).  In the example below the build number is 123629 (ESXi, 3.5.0).

ESXVersion1

The second way is also very straight forward.  From the dropdown menu of the VIC select ‘Help’ –> ‘About VMware Infrastructure’.  An ‘about’ box will then be presented (see below) which gives both the VICs version and build numbers along with that for the ESX server itself.

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A third way is by generating an HTML based ‘summary’ report on  the ESX server.  To generate such a report right mouse click on the ESX server you want to run the report against and select ‘Report Summary’ (see below).

ESXVersion2

Choose the location to save the summary report and press ‘Save’.  Once the report has been run and saved then open it (depending on your file extension association it will likely open in your web browser).

You will then see a report similar to the one below.  As you can see, the top row gives the build and version number of the ESX server.

ESXVersion3 

Service Console:

To find out the version and base build number via the Service Console (ESX 3.x) follow either:

 

1. Type ‘vmware –v’ at the prompt

 

or to see which patches have been applied

 

2. Follow these two basic steps.

  1. Log in to the ESX Server Service Console.

  2. At the command prompt issue the following command:

    #esxupdate query

This will then generate a list containing the version and build along with all subsequent updates that have been applied.

In the example below you can see that the full ESX 3.5.0-64607 ‘bundle’ was installed and then a long list of patches and updates applied.

ESXVersion4

At the very bottom of this updates list you can see that ‘ESX Server 3.5.0 Update 3’ has been applied. So this server is running ESX 3.5.0 Update 3.

ESXVersion5

For more information on determining ESX detailed build number details via the service console check out this VMware KB article.

 

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About Simon Seagrave

Simon is a UK based Virtualization & IT Technology Evangelist working as a Senior Technology Consultant and vSpecialist for EMC. He loves working in the ever changing IT industry & spends most of his time working with Virtualisation, Cloud & other Enterprise IT based technologies, in particular VMware, EMC and HP products.

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  • a.correale

    So if I’m running a build greater than 123629 of
    ESX 3i (3.5.0) probably I have U4 installed? mmm… so I have to revert to U3 if I would use RCLI in read/write mode.

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  • John Deming

    Some additional build numbers

    VMware ESX Update: Build Number: Release Date:
    ESX 3.5.0 64607 20 Feb 2008
    ESX 3.5.0 Update 1 82663 10 Apr 2008
    ESX 3.5.0 Update 2 110268 13 Aug 2008
    ESX 3.5.0 Update 3 123630 06 Nov 2008
    ESX 3.5.0 Update 4 153875 30 Mar 2009
    ESX 3.5.0 Update 5 207095 03 Dec 2009
    ESX 4.0 Update 1 208167 19 Nov 2009
    ESX 4.5 ?? Not Released
    vCenter Server 2.5 Update 6 227666 29 Jan 2010
    vCenter Server 4.0 Update 1 208156 19 Nov 2009
    vCenter Server 4.0.0 162902 21 May 2009
    Update Manager 4 Update 1 Patch 1 231675 25 Feb 2010

    • http://techhead.co Kiwi Si

      Hi John,

      Thanks for the additional build numbers – that will definitely come in useful. :)

      Cheers,

      Simon

  • Chreag

    and another;

    ESX 4.0 update 2 is build 261974

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  • anjanesh babu

    thank you ! Sometimes we are looking for the most complex answer and floored by the simplest of explanations.