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5.5 Update 3b

VMware ESXi is a bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly onto your physical server.

VMware typically support ESXi for a duration of 7 years with 5 years of general support and an additional 2 years of technical guidance during which ESXi will no longer receieve bug fixes and security updates. Additional information on lifecycle phases can be found at

Product Lifecycle

General Support: The last date on which you can request support; the end of regular VMware maintenance updates and upgrades, bug and security fixes, and technical assistance as per the Support and Subscription Terms and Conditions.

Technical Guidance: The last date on which you can access support and workarounds for low-severity issues on supported configurations only. During the Technical Guidance phase, VMware does not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted.

More information is available on the VMware ESXi website.

You should be running one of the supported release numbers listed above in the rightmost column.

You can check the version that you are currently using by running:
vmware -l

You can submit an improvement to this page on GitHub. This page has a corresponding Talk Page.

A JSON version of this page is available at /api/esxi.json. See the API Documentation for more.