VMware vSphere 7 support on Nutanix

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VMware vSphere 7 support on Nutanix platform

Starting with AOS 5.15.2 (LTS) and AOS 5.17.1, Nutanix introduced VMware vSphere 7 support. Now, you can upgrade your vSphere ESXi to version 7 on the Nutanix platform.

To make sure your hardware platform is supported with VMware vSphere 7, go to my.nutanix.com and check the compatibility matrix.

Nutanix compatibility matrix VMware vSphere 7

To upgrade the Nutanix cluster to vSphere 7, you can use the Nutanix 1-Click feature available in every Prism Element console. Go to settings –> Upgrade software –> Hypervisor. Upload hypervisor binary and JSON file. You can download JSON file from the Nutanix support portal. VMware ESXi 7.0 zip package download from the VMware support portal.

Requirements:

vSphere 6.7 on Nutanix

When the upload is finished, hit the UPGRADE button and wait. The system in the background will migrate all VMs off the first host, put a host into maintenance more, upgrade ESXi 6.7 to ESXi 7.0, reboot it, exit from maintenance mode. And move to the next host.
The upgrade may take between 20 to 40 minutes per node, depends how busy the cluster is, how big is the node (RAM, CPU, and disks), how many VMs are hosted on the Nutanix cluster.

Pre-upgrade tasks in progress
Upgrade to vSphere 7 on first host is done

Do not forget to roll back all the settings after the upgrade.
If you have a few minutes, I have created a short video on how to upgrade the Nutanix cluster to vSphere 7.0. You can watch it below on my youtube channel.

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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Jayakumar

Thanks for the post. Can you post a article about the consideration and step by step about the expand the cluster with storage only node with and existing cluster?.

Thanks
JAI

Diego

Hi Artur
How was that upgrade, di you have any problem with that?

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