VMware provides service packs to update the vCenter Server 5.1 software and third-party components.

vCenter Server service pack releases can include updates to vCenter Server, Inventory Service, vCenter Single Sign On, and Profile-Driven Storage Service.

vCenter Server 5.1 service packs will be available from the VMware Web site. The service pack update process updates files and registry settings required by vCenter Server, and restart Windows services that are stopped during the update.


Installing an update on Windows Server 2008 or later with User Account Control (UAC) turned on requires Administrator privileges. The logged in user must be Administrator, or an Administrators group member whose privileges are elevated to the Administrator level. See Elevate Administrators Group Privileges to Administrator Level in Windows Server 2008.