Friday, August 1, 2014

vSphere 5.5 Guest OS support matrix

I've been working on a project to upgrade a vSphere 5.0 environment to vSphere 5.5.
One of my client’s concerns was about what Guest OS versions has been dropped by VMware on this new release.

It’s a valid concern, new releases of VMware vSphere bring new Guest OS to the support list while some others have been dropped.

I know you can all go to VMware Compatibility Guide site and check yourself, but mixing and matching those results can take a while.
Since I already did this task I don’t see a reason why not to share it and maybe save some of your time.

Here’s the list of new Guest OS added to vSphere 5.5 supported list

Also, here’s the list of Guest OS that were dropped from vSphere 5.0 to vSphere 5.5

If you want to check it yourself, here’s how.

- From the drop-down menu select Guest OS
- On Product Release Version  select the release o ESXi you want to check
- Click on Update and View Results

You can filter the results further, just selectin the values on OS Family Name or OS Vendor.

REMINDER: The matrix above is a comparison between ESXi 5.0 U3 and ESXi 5.5 U1 only.

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