vSphere 6.7 EOL

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Situation

Summary of Changes

VMWare vSphere 6.7 will enter end of life (EoL) status on October 15, 2022. The original date was November 15, 2021, however, VMWare opted to extend their end of general support (EoGS) date based on customer requests at the time. As far as Rancher is concerned, vSphere 6.7 will reach EoL in the Rancher Support Matrix on the stated VMWare vSphere 6.7 EoGS date of October 15, 2022.

VMWare Blog Announcing vSphere 6.7 EoGS https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2020/06/announcing-extension-of-vsphere-6-7-general-support-period.html

VMWare Product Lifecycle Matrix https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/product-lifecycle-matrix.pdf

 

Details of Old vs New

vSphere 7, released in early 2020, introduces native support and integrations for Kubernetes. This includes new functionality utilized in the Rancher vSphere CSI and CPI charts.

 

Actions Required of Users

End-users must upgrade to vSphere 7.0 by October 15, 2022, to stay in compliance with the Rancher Support Matrix.

 

Support Considerations or Gotchas

vSphere 7.0 has been supported since Rancher 2.4.9 https://www.suse.com/suse-rancher/support-matrix/all-supported-versions/rancher-v2-4-9/, 2.5.2 https://www.suse.com/suse-rancher/support-matrix/all-supported-versions/rancher-v2-5-2/, and v2.6.0 https://www.suse.com/suse-rancher/support-matrix/all-supported-versions/rancher-v2-6-0/.

Customers have had ample time to migrate from vSphere 6.7 to 7.0. There will not be any extensions of the Rancher EoL date for vSphere 6.7.

The original VMWare vSphere EoTG (End of Technical Guidance) date of November 15, 2023 still applies for vSphere 6.7. Rancher Support should expect customers to potentially remain on vSphere 6.7 beyond the end of general support (EoGS) period. However, once the EoGS date is reached, Rancher and its products will no longer be validated on 6.7 and customers should expect a best effort from Support and Engineering for issues involving vSphere 6.7 environments

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  • Document ID:000020683
  • Creation Date: 29-Jun-2022
  • Modified Date:29-Jun-2022
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