Why VMware Tools 10.3.0 is Discontinued?
VMware has release VMware Tools 10.3.0 on 12th July, It includes some new functionality such as VMware AppDefense Integration. But today, VMware asked the customers to downgrade VMware Tools on some guest OSes.
Seems, there is some issues in some vSphere ESXi 6.5 configurations with the VMXNET3 network driver for Windows that was released with VMware Tools 10.3.0.
As a result, VMware has recalled the VMware Tools 10.3.0 release. This release has been removed from the VMware Downloads page.
In certain configurations, the VMXNET3 driver released with VMware Tools 10.3.0 can result in a Purple Diagnostic Screen (PSOD) or guest network connectivity loss.
Which Environments are Impacted?
Any virtual environment with the below configuration:
- vSphere ESXi 6.5 hosts
- VM Hardware Version 13
- Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 or higher guest OS
VMware recommends that downgrade the VMware Tools to 10.2.5 which available on the VMware Downloads page.
For other configurations, no immediate action is required.
NOTE: If importing a VM with hardware version 13 from VMware Workstation/Fusion or via OVF to a vSphere ESXi 6.5 environment, ensure that VMware Tools 10.3.0 is not installed in that VM or immediately downgrade the VMware Tools version to 10.2.5.
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