Virtual Updates 2022-08-08

vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 – End of General Support
Why do I keep posting this?
I do not want anyone to be surprised….

Don’t forget that vSphere 6 is phasing out, and that most people should be moving to vSphere 7.
Customer buying new hardware, & asking for ESXi 6.5 installs are being met with surprises, as the hardware doesn’t support ESXi 6.5…..forcing the upgrade path.
So far, vSphere 7.0.3 Update 3f (July release) seems to be very stable.
vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 End Of General Support ends October 15, 2022
This only leaves just over 2 months to get to vSphere 7.
VMware End of Support pages are here.
Don’t forget that SD cards are no longer recommended by VMware!
That means you need SSD or NVMe for boot drives now!

vSphere+ and vSAN+ licensing nuances
Well, core based licensing is here.
In short, you must license each core.
Each CPU must be licensed for minimum of 16 cores, regardless of the actual core count….
That might be an unwelcome change for those of us running 8-Core CPUs for software licensing controls….
VMware KB 89116 covers it.

NSX 4 released!
No more NSX-T, as it is now just NSX.
Technically, is the GA version….
There are a ton of “What’s New” items.
There are also quite a few Depreciated Functions…
Lots of API changes (net new & depreciated features…)
Release Notes are here.

ESXi 7 – last release to support macOS Virtualization
While this doesn’t affect many people…
It IS affecting those who needed virtualized macOS.
So…no new macOS releases will be supported going forward.
Those folks will probably be running ESXi 7.0 for a while now, as VMware will continue support till vSphere 7 End of Support date, April 2, 2025.
VMware KB article 88698 supporting this is here.

Nutanix AOS 6.5 LTS is out!
check out what’s new via this Nutanix Post.
Another post on what’s new via Nutanix.
check out what’s new for DR with this release.
Approval policies (preview) for NCM (or what was Prism Central).

VMworld Parties this year is keeping tabs on this….

VMworld (VMware Explore) – Tour Hands-on Labs
They offer this most years of the event…
A tour to see how HOL runs from the Command Center
VMware’s Doug Baer has a post with all the details.
If you’ve never seen it….worth taking the tour!!!

VMworld (VMware Explore) VCDX Workshop
Join up for this session on Monday, 8/29 from 1-5.
Even if you are not going for your VCDX, you will learn a ton.
Not only that…the networking!!!
Get registered here.

Presenting at VMware Explore
Left my typo in the title for this. I’m still defaulting to calling it VMworld….after nearly 20 years, hard habit to break.
I’ll be presenting at the VMTN area.
Schedule & links to follow as they become available.
For now, all I have is the session in the Content Catalog.
Also doing a VMware TAM & 360 Customer Success Session 3000
“Meet The vExperts – Mark Gabryjelski”

Continuing Education – a list of resources that come with references
(of people who have used those sites & are happy with the results).
VMware Explore 2022 – August 28 – Sept 1 (San Francisco, CA)
VMware Explore 2022 Europe – November 7 – November 11
HashiCorp Learn
Kode Kloud
Nutanix University
PluralSight / A Cloud Guru (PluralSight purchased A Cloud Guru)
VMware Customer Connect Learning (old VMware Learning Zone)
VMware Hands On Labs
VMworld Sessions (2021, 2020, 2019)