During the last patch cycle VMware made VMware View 5.1 and vSphere 5.1 compatible with each other. For VMware vSphere 5.1 to support View 5.1 you need to do download a patch for ESXi 5.1 or an up to date ESXi 5.1 ISO image.

To download the ISO:

  • Navigate to the vSphere Download Center.
  • Click View Download for the VMware ESXi 5.1.0 Installable for your version of ESXi.
  • On the Product Downloads tab, download VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201210001-838463.x86_64.iso.

To download the patch, download ESXi510-201210001 from the Patch Download Center.

Just like with all the other updates: Before you update, make sure all the other components are compatible as well. For example back-up solutions and anti-malware are not always compatible with the most recent versions. Check the documentation before you do the upgrade.