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Understanding Feature Accommodation between VMware vSphere 6.0 and 6.5 and vRealize Operations 5.8.x and 6.0.1 (2108695)

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Purpose

This article provides details on understanding VMware vSphere 6.0 and 6.5 with vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8.x and 6.0.1 Feature Accommodation.

Resolution

VMware vRealize Operations (formerly known as vCenter Operations) 5.8.5 and 6.0.1 are both interoperable with vSphere 6.0 and can be installed on and used to monitor and manage virtualized Infrastructure and workloads on vSphere 6.0. 

Depending on the versions of vSphere and vRealize Operation when deployed together, certain features may or may not be accommodated. The following table highlights specific feature accommodations to consider based on choice of vSphere and vRealize Operations versions:

Table 1 – vSphere and vRealize Operations Version Accommodation Matrix


VMware vSphere
Version
VMware vRealize Operations
Version
Version Accommodation when upgrading
vSphere or vRealize Operations
6.0
Foundation 5.8.x
  • Current Accommodation: VMware vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8 is included as part of vSphere 5.5.x and VMware vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8.5 is included as part of vSphere 6.0.x.
  • Use cases: A VMware vSphere 5.5.x and vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8.x user cannot presently upgrade to vSphere 6.0 and continue to use vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8.x. When a vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8.x customer moves to vSphere 6.0, the upgrade will force a trial evaluation of vRealize Operations 6.x Enterprise for 60 days, then end.
6.0
5.8.x
  • Current accommodation: vRealize Operations 5.8.x does not accommodate specific vSphere 6.0 features (see Table 2 for details).
  • Future accommodation: Expect future plans for VMware vRealize Operations to accommodate vSphere 6.0 features. Refer to future vRealize Operations release notes, as they become available, for details on which vSphere 6.0 features are accommodated by vRealize Operations.
6.0
6.0.1
  • Current accommodation: VMware vRealize Operations 6.0.1 does not accommodate specific vSphere 6.0 features (see Table 2 for details).
  • Future accommodation: Expect future plans for VMware vRealize Operations to accommodate vSphere 6.0 features. Refer to future vRealize Operations release notes, as they become available, for details on which vSphere 6.0 features are accommodated by vRealize Operations.
6.5 Foundation
5.8.x
  • VMware vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8.x is no longer offered, interoperable or supported with the release of VMware vSphere 6.5.
  • Customers that want to continue to use vRealize Operations Foundation 5.8.x product can do so with vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 only.

There are several features of VMware vSphere 6.0 that vRealize Operations does not presently accommodate as of March 12th, 2015. These vSphere 6.0 features includes:

Table 2 – vSphere and vRealize Operations Feature Accommodation Matrix

VMware vSphere 6.0 Feature
Feature Accommodations to consider when upgrading VMware vSphere or vRealize Operations
Scale-up / Scale-out Application support; higher configuration maximums; performance improvements
  • In VMware vRealize Operations 6.0.1, capacity modeling accommodates the new capacity limits of vSphere 6.0.
  • In VMware vRealize Operations 5.8.x, capacity modeling presumes capacity limits associated with vSphere pre-6.0 (5.5.x and earlier) and may be different than those configuration and performance maximums found in vSphere 6.0. Specifically, new configuration maximums for ESXi and vCenter in vSphere 6.0 are not taken into the calculation. As such, capacity modeling may produce results that do not reflect what is possible with vSphere 6.0 environments when using VMware vRealize Operations 5.8.x.
NVIDIA GRID vGPU
  • VMware vRealize Operations 6.0.1 capacity modeling does not accommodate. 
Long Distance vMotion
  • Case 1 [multiple data centers with clusters controlled by one vCenter] – If controlled by one VC, VMware vRealize Operations 6.0.1 accommodates long distance vMotion.
  • Case 2 [multiple data centers with clusters, each controlled by a separate vCenters] – VMware vRealize Operations 6.0.1 does not accommodate long distance vMotion. 
  • Case 3 [Linked mode – one vCenter aggregates multiple vCenters] VMware vRealize Operations does not accommodates long distance vMotion.
Central Content Library
  • VMware vRealize Operations does not accommodate changes to the new content library. This is not an expected interoperable vSphere feature for vRealize Operations.

Note:
This list of vSphere 6.0 feature accommodations is not comprehensive. For more information, see Release Notes.

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