VMware withdraws major version of vSphere due to bugs • The Register

VMware has removed its last major version of vSphere – version 7, update 3 – from its download service, citing driver interoperability issues that could cause upgrades to fail.

The move follows the withdrawal of vSphere 7, Update 3b last week after it was found to have issues that made it difficult to adopt high availability configurations and an issue that VMware describe as following:

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VMware released a new notification that vSphere 7 Update 3 was removed from downloads after “Our review process discovered partner driver interoperability issues that were preventing some upgrade paths from completing in certain customer environments. Specifically, driver VIB changes caused name collisions in ESXi.

These issues “have resulted in upgrade failures and associated high availability failures.”

So why remove version 7 from update 3 after already removing update 3b?

“Unfortunately, our quality testing and certification process failed this issue,” wrote Paul Turner, VMware product management manager for vSphere, on behalf of the vSphere team. “We have explored options to address this with fixes, however, due to some operational complexities for our customers, we have removed ESXi 7 Update 3 from our download site.”

Turner has committed to re-release 7 Update 3 “as soon as we have fully resolved the driver issues – which means working with our partners.” Brave users who have already implemented the update will receive support from VMware.

Naturally, VMware promises not to mess anything up like this again.

While it’s not uncommon to miss a bug in an update – big patch releases like Microsoft almost always break things or include imperfect fixes – this one is poorly programmed for VMware because vSphere 7 Update 3 was invoice as “the ultimate update version of vSphere 7, making it the best vSphere ever”. Virtzilla has promised that it has integrated Kubernetes with vSphere more tightly than ever before, including joint work by VMware and Nvidia to facilitate adoption of AI workloads, improved cluster management, and – ironic warning – of upgrades. to vSphere level facilitated.

Fortunately, the version was released in late September 2021, and most VMware users don’t rush to upgrade because vSphere isn’t the kind of technology that can be taken lightly. Once a patched version of the update emerges, there will still be plenty of time for its wide and enthusiastic adoption before the November 2022 end of life for vSphere 6.7.

It also gives developers time to play around with VMware’s new Tanzu Community Edition. VMware has a lot to do with this product. Executives admit that the company’s approach of selling its containerized cargo by targeting operations teams and showing them that vSphere can manage containers with virtual machines, has had limited success – we’re told Pivotal only had 300 major clients.

VMware’s hope for Tanzu Community Edition is for developers to take it for a ride and see that it offers them a simpler and faster way to develop and deploy applications, generating demand for vSphere and the platform. Tanzu. If this plan works, developers will ask vSphere rather than operations teams telling developers to follow the rules imposed on the data center.

Developers, of course, know that bugs sometimes get into production – they Probably forgive VMware for the mess of vSphere 7 Update 3. ®

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