Did you know VMware 5.5 Support is Ending Soon?

Did you know VMware 5.5 Support is Ending Soon?  Are you ready to Upgrade to 6.5 or 6.7?

VMware vSphere 5.5 will go end of life on 19th September 2018. To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or vSphere 6.7.

To encourage adoption VMware has extended the General Support for vSphere 6.5 to a full five years from date of release, which means for vSphere 6.5 it will end on 15th November 2021. The end of General Support for vSphere 6.7 will also be on 15th November 2021.

However, if you are not quite ready to upgrade, then extended support is available. VMware Extended Support is designed to provide security and Severity 1 fixes for your legacy environment while you are migrating to a newer, fully supported version of VMware software products. VMware are committed to ensuring you can rely on enterprise-class worldwide support while you upgrade your systems so you can focus on running your business.

The above having been said, why not take advantage of some of the benefits of upgrading to 6.5 which include:

  • HTML5-based vSphere Client supporting 90 percent of general workflows
  • VMware vCenter® Server Foundation™ now supporting 4 hosts (vs. 3) for the same price
  • Improved vSphere support and interoperability across ecosystems
  • Support for vSphere 6.0 U3 to vSphere 6.5 U1 upgrade path

If you require assistance in upgrading to a newer version of VMWare please contact Covenco

When upgrading from vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6.5 it is advisable to follow the following steps:

Environment Discovery and Assessment – Understand Your environment and the upgrade paths available, for example upgrade paths for Vcenter, Vcenter Appliance and the ESXi Hosts.

Requirements and Decisions – Understand the overall business requirements without over complicating the solution make sure the solution fits the overall business model. For example, is there a requirement for High Availability or Fault Tolerance?

Compatibility – This can be achieved by using the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices. Validate the compatibility of the products in your environment. This upgrade scenario starts with vCenter Server, given that all the products communicate with it as an endpoint.

Upgrade Order

1. vSphere SSO Domain Consolidation
2. vCenter Server Upgrade
3. Esxi Hosts Upgrade
4. Upgrade the VMs Update VMware Tools and if required the VM hardware
5. Upgrade the storage to take advantage of VMFS version 6
6. Upgrade vSphere licensing from vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6.5

Validation Environment Discovery and Assessment – validate that the outcome of the upgrade accurately reflects what was planned.