vToolbelt – November 2021
I hope everyone is well!
Hot Takes for the month
- NSX-V is coming towards end of life. Customers should migrate to NSX-T.
- ESX hosts using SD-Cards or USB Media to boot should be aware that support for this is ending. The TAM Customer webinar in early December will cover this extensively. vSphere 7 Update 3b has important fixes that avoid some known issues with SD-Cards.
- vCenter Server 7 Update 3b resolves issues upgrading vSphere hosts running 7.0 U2 and later to vSphere 7 U3. Review the release notes for full details.
- vSphere 7 Update 3b resolves a number of issues found in Update 3 and Update 3a. Review the release notes for full details.
Product Support Watch
Horizon View / Workspace ONE
- Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9 – 3/17/21
- Dynamic Environment Manager 9.10 – 12/12/21
- Dynamic Environment Manager 9.11 – 3/17/22
- App Volumes 4 – 1/14/22
- Horizon 7.0 ESB – 3-17-22
- Identity Manager 3.3.3 – 5/11/22
- Workspace ONE UEM Console 2005 (SaaS Only) – 12/10/21
- Workspace ONE UEM Console 2006 (SaaS Only) – 12/17/21
- Workspace ONE UEM Console 2007 (SaaS Only) – 1/20/22
- Workspace ONE UEM Console 2008 – 3/15/22
- Workspace ONE UEM Console 2010 (SaaS Only) – 4/14/22
- HCX 3.5.3 – 10/30/21
- NSX for vSphere (NSX-V) – 1/16/22 – must transition to NSX-T
- Lifecycle Manger 8.3 – 2/4/22
- Lifecycle Manger 8.4 – 4/15/22
- vRealize Orchestrator 8.3 – 2/4/22
- vRealize Orchestrator 8.4 – 4/15/22
- vRealize Automation 8.3 – 2/4/22
- vRealize Automation 8.4 – 4/15/22
- Fusion 12 – 12/14/21
- Workstation 16 – 12/14/21
- VMware Tools 10.1.x – 11-15-21
- Site Recovery Manager 6.5, 8.1, 8.2 – 11/15/21
- vSphere Replication 6.5, 8.1, 8.2 – 11/15/21
Notes from the Field
New to vROPs? Watch the guided lab on Getting Started with vRealize Operations
Skyline Pro is coming – Are you ready?
Migrating to NSX-T – NSX-V is End of Life and will be out of support on January 16, 2022. If you are running NSX-V you need to migrate to NSX-T. The licenses you have today do work with NSX-T. There are 2 methods to migrate. There is also a whitepaper on migrating from NSX-V to NSX-T.
Updates on booting ESXi hosts SD-cards/USB Sticks – vSphere 7.0 Update 3 has been released which automates the settings to allow ESX hosts to safely use SD-Cards. Refer to the information in the Notes from the Field section below for full details.
\vSphere 7.0 Update 2 and USB-based Boot Media (SD Cards/USB Sticks) – If your ESX hosts boot from these devices – you need to read this important information before you upgrade as the boot devices you are using may have issues.
vSphere 7 Update 2 introduces changes to core storage used by the Hypervisor and increases the I/O requirements past the endurance thresholds of some SD cards. This change is described in the vSphere 7.0 Update 2 VMware ESXi Installation and Setup Guide. On page 12 of the guide, it specifies that the ESX-OSData partition “must be created on high-endurance storage devices”.
vSphere 7 Update 3a or later should be used to avoid these issues.
Currently, information about the internal SD cards can’t be checked on the VMware Compatibility Guide, as hardware manufacturers do not provide that information to VMware. Please be aware that the hardware vendors are responsible for managing and updating their information listed in the compatibility guide. If you have questions about the endurance specifications of your SD Cards – please check with your hardware manufacturer.
KB 83376 – discusses the issues that can arise when the SD card boot device has exhausted its write capability. This KB also describes a work around VMware has developed to allow low endurance SD Cards to work with vSphere 7 Update 2. It involves a manual one-time config change which moves certain highly accessed files to a RAM Disk. This should become automatic in a future release of vSphere 7.x.
While this should help with vSphere 7.x, I am not sure what the future holds for SD Cards as ESX boot devices. If I had to guess, I would imagine that the I/O requirements will increase over time as ESX continues to evolve.
It is advisable to consider adding higher performance/endurance boot devices into a future budget or into your next hardware refresh plan.