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VMware vShield Release Notes

vShield Endpoint Thin Agent | 26 APR 2012 | Build 667228


For organizations that want to leverage the benefits of cloud computing without sacrificing security, control or compliance, the VMware vShield family of security solutions provides comprehensive protection for virtual datacenters and cloud environments. vShield enables customers to strengthen application and data security, improve visibility and control, and accelerate IT compliance efforts across the organization.

vShield includes virtual appliances and services essential for protecting virtual machines. vShield can be configured through a web based user interface, a vSphere Client plug-in, a command line interface (CLI), and REST API.

These release notes contain the following sections:

What's New in This Release

These release notes support an update to the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent (MSI) drivers. These drivers can be downloaded and installed over the vShield Endpoint 1.0.0, vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 1, or vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 2 drivers. You do not need to re-install vShield 4.1.0, vShield 4.1.0 Update 1, vShield Endpoint 1.0.0, vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 1, or vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 2.

This is a bug-fix only release. Customers interested in the resolved issues should install this update.

Note: vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 3 Thin Agent drivers are only compatible with vShield Endpoint 1.0, not vShield Endpoint 5.0. If you used VMware Tools to install vShield Endpoint on your virtual machine, then you have vShield Endpoint 5.0 and cannot install the vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 3 Thin Agent drivers.

Installation Notes for This Release

Before you install this release:

  • Read the vShield Quick Start Guide for guidance on installing vShield Endpoint Thin Agent drivers.
  • Read the vShield Administration Guide for workflows describing vShield system management, such as setting up firewall protection, analyzing traffic sessions, configuring edge services, and event and status monitoring.
  • Read the vShield API Programming Guide for instructions on managing your vShield deployment via REST API.

Known Issues

There are no known issues with the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent drivers for this release.

Resolved Issues

The following issues have been resolved in this update of the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent drivers.
  • After installation of Thin Agent drivers (vShield Endpoint 1.0.0, vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 1, or vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 2) on Windows XP/2003 guests, overall memory usage of the guest VM may increase substantially with all processes consuming higher amounts of memory than usual. This behavior is not observed in later versions of Windows viz. Vista and later. It results from a combination of the way the Thin Agent reads a file during its scan and Windows internal behavior.
  • The vShield Endpoint Thin agent drivers (vShield Endpoint 1.0.0, vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 1, or vShield Endpoint 1.0.0 Update 2) might cause a service or the operating system to become unresponsive. This happens because the Thin Agent fails to correctly detect remote named pipe or mailslot connections opened by software running in a guest virtual machine and instead treats these connections as files.

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