Late last month, VMware made ESXi 5.5 available for general download. This is great timing as I was thinking about patching my generic ESXi 5.1 whitebox server with the latest 5.1 updates and I still needed to test SATA pass-through on the ASRock Z87M Pro4.
Over the weekend I took the plunge and upgraded my server. It was a painless process and couldn’t have been any easier. The windows client was updated at the same time.
The first thing you will notice is the extra long login box – VMware are moving towards a web client for vSphere. This traditional version of vSphere client will have all of the previous functionality but none of the new stuff.
As for SATA pass-through on the ASRock Z87M Pro4, this wasn’t working for me. The SATA port/device wouldn’t appear in the list.