NSX-V 6.4 End of Support extended until 2022

NSX for vSphere )NSX-V) is about to be replaced by its successor NSX-T (Transformers). Current version NSX-V 6.4 is GA since January 2018 and will be the last version. Just recently the End-of-Support (EoS) date has been shifted from January 2021 to January 2022 (16-01-2022). That date is only valid for NSX-V 6.4. Version 6.3 will reach its EoS on 02-02-2021. Details on support can be found in VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix.

What does “End of Support” mean?

To be precise, it’s called “End of General Support”. Between “General Availability” (GA) and EoS lies the “General Support Phase”. During that phase VMware will provide:

  • Updates and Upgrades
  • Security patches
  • Bug fixes
  • Support for new hardware
  • Updates for server, client and guest-OS
  • Customer support by phone or web
  • Web self service
  • Access to knowledgebase

After End-of-Support (EoS) has been reached, the “Technical Guidance” phase begins. Customer support is only available by web interface. There will be no more upgrades or updates, no bug fixes and no security patches. You can find details in VMware Lifecycle Summary.

Plan your migration

Even though EoS was postponed for NSX-V, you should start planning migrations from NSX-V to NSX-T now. NSX-T is equipped with a migration tool, but still it’s a complex task that will require a lot of testing.

T or V ?

If you’re planning a greenfield implementation of NSX today you should really consider NSX-T, because for NSX-V the end of the road isn’t far ahead.

NSX 6.4 UI problem with older vCenter versions

I’m a great fan of vSphere-Client a.k.a HTML5 client. The user interface based on project clarity is an eye catcher and the user experience is great. But sometimes you’re forced to use the old Flash based flex-client. Not with latest vCenter Server 6.7 but with older releases like vSphere 6.0.

We were facing compatibility issues between flex-client 6.0 and NSX 6.4.4 although it’s a supported combination.

Continue reading “NSX 6.4 UI problem with older vCenter versions”

VMworld NSX Roving Reporter Interview

Why NSX should be your top priority

While attending VMworld 2018 in Barcelona my buddy and vExpert Ather Beg asked for a brief interview about VMware NSX topics. Here’s the result.

 

Further links and resources

Product information

NSX Data Center

NSX for Horizon

Hands on Labs (HOL)

VMware NSX Data Center – Getting Started Hands-on Lab

VMware NSX – Advanced Hands-on Lab

VMware NSX Micro-Segmentation

VMware Secure Horizon with NSX

 

NSX-Manager Permissions and Groups

Using vSphere-Client 6.7 to synchronize NSX-Manager with Active Directory

Once you’ve deployed NSX-Manager to a vSphere 6.7 cluster, you may have noticed an error  on the dashboard.

“No NSX Managers available. Verify current user has role assigned on NSX Manager.”

Assuming you have configured vCenter connections correctly, there’s a simple explanation for the error (KB2080740).

Usually initial setup of NSX-Manager is done by the default SSO User administrator@vsphere.local. If you log into vCenter using that user, there will be no error on the dashboard. The point is that NSX-Manager has its own permissions and roles which are not coupled to vCenter permissions. That means a user with administrator rights in vCenter does not automatically get administrator rights in NSX-Manager. Without any permissions that user can’t even see NSX-Manager. Continue reading “NSX-Manager Permissions and Groups”