VMware vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 End of Support, How to Upgrade to vSphere 7

Nick Sero
VMware vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 End of Support, How to Upgrade to vSphere 7

VMware has announced the end of general support for vSphere version 6.5 and 6.7 effective Oct 15, 2022.  vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 will enter a Technical Guidance support phase which will expire on November 15, 2023.

While in Technical Guidance support phase, no Sev1 tickets, maintenance updates/upgrades, security patches, new bug fixes or new hardware support will be provided.

Contact VMware Experts for vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 support

What should you do?

VMware recommends that customers migrate to vSphere 7.0.x.  In addition to the vSphere 7.0.x upgrade, the following commonly deployed VMware components must be at the following minimum supported versions for VMware 7.0.x:

  • Site Recovery Manager – 8.3
  • vSphere Replication – 8.3
  • vSphere vSAN – 6.6.1 U2
  • NSX-T Data Center – 3.0
  • VMware Horizon – 7.12
  • vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) – 7.6.0
  • vRealize Automation (vRA) – 7.6
  • vRealize Operations – 8.1
  • VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) – 4.0

Further consideration includes the following:

  • VxRail version 4.5 & 4.7 reach end of support (September 30, 2020), the recommended upgrade path is VxRail 7.0.X
  • VCE VxBlock customers running RCM built on vSphere 6.5/6.7 will need to consider upgrading to RCM version supporting vSphere 7.0
  • Cisco Hyperflex data platform will need to be upgraded to 4.5(x) or 5.0(x) to gain vSphere 7.0 support
  • Use of SD Cards and USB devices as boot devices with VMWare 7.0 only supported with specific caveats
  • External PSC’s are will not be support in vSphere 7.X. PSC much be converged into VCSA
  • VMware 7.0.X will bring the End Of General Support for Windows Based vCenter Server instances
  • Compute infrastructure software needs to be evaluated in support of vSphere 7.0.x
  • Log4J vulnerability resolution is available at vCenter version 7.0 U3c

vSphere 6.5 & 6.7 Lifecycle Support Summary

How CDI can help?

CDI can provide the upgrades across software and hardware, which includes commonly deployed components to support the migration to VMware vSphere 7.0.x.  Please contact CDI’s VMware Account Management Team.

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