AmazingTed
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VMWare Updates showing in Windows Update

Hi all, first time ive see this but i am showing VMWare Inc. Updates being pushed through Windows Update Services as below:

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Only seems to be on Server 2016 and seems consistant with things ive seen online relating to VMWare Tools.

the installed version of VMWare Toold is 10.1.0.

Cannot find any more information online regarding these updates, any suggestions or advice on where else i can look?

I cannot believe for 1 minute VMWare would push out an update with no release notes/change log.

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Alex_Romeo
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Hi,

if it can be useful ...

What is VMware, Inc. - Net - 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - 1.8.10.0 appearing in Windows Update

ARomeo

Blog: https://www.aleadmin.it/
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AmazingTed
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Thanks i had seen this but its for something completely different.

The versions are all different etc. i had suspected it was a VMXNET3 driver based on this content but need some confirmation or at least some reference from someone at VMWare as to what it is im actually installing!

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Alex_Romeo
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Hi,

you saw this:

https://www.drvhub.net/devices/chipsets/vmware/vmci-host

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ARomeo

Blog: https://www.aleadmin.it/
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hussainbte
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are you using SCCM in your environment.

coz I just checked all the patches in my WSUS and I could not find anything from VMware

we do have 2016, 2019 servers and ESXi 6.5

If you found my answers useful please consider marking them as Correct OR Helpful Regards, Hussain https://virtualcubes.wordpress.com/
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AmazingTed
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Yes also seen this but again its not really compariative to my issue other than the version numbers... literally can't find any information on this at all.

We aren't using SCCM, this has come directly from Windows Update Services.

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ChrisFD2
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

pvscsi has been coming down through WSUS for some time. Looks like there's now more.

Eliminate the Windows Reboot after Updating VMware Tools - VMware vSphere Blog

Regards,
Chris
VCIX-DCV 2020 | VCP-DCV 2020 | VCP-NV 2020 | vExpert *** | CCNA R&S
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hussainbte
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from 10.3.10 version of VMtools which comes with 6.5 U3, 6.7 U3 and 6.0p08

the release notes says vmxnet3 and paravirtual scsi controller update are available from windows updates.

check the Microsoft catalog

VMware Tools 10.3.10 Release Notes

Microsoft Update Catalog

If you found my answers useful please consider marking them as Correct OR Helpful Regards, Hussain https://virtualcubes.wordpress.com/
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SentiBlue
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My issue is similar but different version but and same date

VMware, Inc. - Net - 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - 1.8.16.0 - Error 0x800f0248

The annoying thing with my environment is that this is the only item in the install list.

It fails and only gives me the single button to Retry which will come back to the same error as seen above.

This update doesn't exist in my WSUS. And it does not give me the option to check for new updates.

This has been driving me nuts and I haven't been able to find a way around it yet. Any further help guys?

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jwilcoxiii
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I have this same issue.  I keep getting updates for VMware, Inc. - System - 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - 9.8.16.0 and it keeps installing them then the update pops right back up.  The crazy thing is that I am running VMware Tools 10.3.2 build 9925305.  Does anyone know how to make it quit loading this update?

ckonrads
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I have VMware Tools 11.2.5 and there is also this annoying Problem with the VMware, Inc. - System 9.8.16.0

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Environment

  • 3 Server with Server 2016 Standard without this issue
  • 1 Server with Server 2016 Standard with this issue (screenshot taken from)
  • WSUS
  • VMware Tools 11.2.5
  • VMware 6.7 U3 latest Lenovo Build
  • Hardware ESXi 6.7 Update 2 and later (VM version 15) in BIOS mode, no UEFI

Update-History with lots of VMware, Inc. - System 9.8.16.0 successfull installed and installed and installed....

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ckonrads
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There are two VMware Devices with old driver versions, which is not correct (remember the VMware Tools 11.2.5).

  1. VMWare VMCI Host Device 9.8.16.0
  2. VMWare VMCI Bus Device 9.8.16.0

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  • driver update was not successfull, so i just removed these two devices with the old vmci.sys
  • unknown device in device-manager popped up PCI\VEN_15AD&DEV_0740&SUBSYS_074015AD&REV_10\3&18D45AA6&0&3F
  • repair-installed VMware Tools 11.2.5, they are back again 😕
  • On the other servers without the problem they also have these two devices with 9.8.16.0
  • Try a reboot and search for Windows Updates again....
  • Updates are back again 😖
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wila
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Hi,

Are your VM's using the latest virtual hardware version?

--
Wil

| Author of Vimalin. The virtual machine Backup app for VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation and Player |
| More info at vimalin.com | Twitter @wilva
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DRailroad
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This recurring, annoying, unresolved and mysterious update VMware Inc - System (various dates spanning almost 2 years) - 9.8.16.0 affects numerous desktops (servers, desktops, etc). VMware's staff ("tech" support, figuratively speaking!) responded to one of our VMware forum comments about this chronic, persistent issue was Microsoft's responsibility.

We attempted to explain to VMware (ahhh..."support"), falling on what has become typically (over the past 5 or so years) Dell/EMC deaf ears, that, one, VMware in the past always provided updates through its desktop applications (VMware Fusion Pro, Fusion, Workstation, etc), two, Fusion, etc. are VMware products and therefore the responsibility of VMware and not Microsoft, three, Microsoft has proven to be unreliable for stable updates (one issue resulting in major errors for servers, enterprise desktops, etc nationally and documented by numerous IT end-users support).

Not of any help to this annoying issue, nonetheless, the writing was on the wall when, one, EMC acquired VMware (acerbically clashing cultures) and, two, Dell acquired EMC including VMware (even worse corporate culture clashes) evidenced by the common consensus: The entire development team behind VMware Workstation and Fusion was disbanded and all US developers were immediately fired, including and followed by numerous C-Level turnovers (CEO changes averaging one every  3 years, numerous) within a short span of time.

Greene/Rosenblum's once great startup child is now questionable for future-proof desktops and servers (we simply have ignored these VMware (emph: VMare, VMware/Dell 9.8.16.0 update notices and have instructed our customers to do the same). Conversely, once in a great while, rarely, we have been able to communicate with an outstanding, knowledgeable, East-Indian based senior tech support team...just not with this annoying, chronic update. VMware "support" we've communicated with are unwilling to accept responsibility for what SHOULD be their product, their support, their update insisting on now deferring to Microsoft (again, for a VMware product! Don't bother contacting us VMware in the slight chance someone from VMware catches these comments; nothing VMware will say will convince us this is a Microsoft matter).

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ckonrads
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Hi @wila: thank you for questioning - i've edited the reply above with ESXi 6.7 Update 2 and later (VM version 15) and it's in BIOS-Mode, not UEFI.

@DRailroad thank you for this background-information. It's allways the same problem in IT by blaming the other company and vice versa. Running a VWware host alone without VMs is easy, running a Windows Server alone baremetal is easy but in the end of the day they have to work together as a Windows Server Guest on a VMware host. That's the reason why i try to get rid of this problem here just by analyzing the circumstances.

Best regards,

- C

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