I will briefly describe the setup process here. First of all, the approx. 6 GB image file of the appliance must be loaded from VMware Downloads (login required). The appliance needs to be deployed into an existing cluster via the “Deploy OVF Template” wizard of vSphere-Client.
Deployment of the Platform Appliance (Collector)
There’s some naming confusion. The collector appliance is now called “platform” appliance. This makes it a bit difficult to find if you search for the collector in the download portal. 😉
There’s an upgrade track from VCP6-NV to VCP-NV 2019 without taking an exam. It’s not easy to find this possibility. I will show all necessary steps to take and would like to thank Tim Burkhard (VMware Education Team), who pointed me into that direction.
First you go to VMware-Education and choose the VCP-NV 2019 track. Depending on your current certification status track requirements will be different. Only if you’re holding a current VCP6-NV certification, you’re able to upgrade without an exam. All others will have to pass the exam.
Choose VCP6-NV in the dropdown menu and read the requirements.
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
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.
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.