VMware ESX 3.5 general support will end in 90 days
I was surprised to see this today that general support for ESX 3.5 will end in late May. What this means is ESX 3.5 asnd ESXi 3.5 will be moved into extended support mode. I have explained the different support modes below. This should spur some people into getting those planned upgrades moving forward. This will also affect Virtual Center 2.5 so you should take a serious look at this and see if you have any risk. Get the full story directly from VMware here.
Here are the differences in the support modes.
General support mode: This means that the product is actively being tested and certified with new hardware from vendors and that it will support new Operating systems.
Extended support mode: This is kind of a keep the lights on mode. VMware will not be actively testing and certifying any new hardware for these releases. There will not be any new Operating Systems added to the compatibility unless there is great enough customer demand. And lastly they will only be issuing security patches and critical bug fixes. There will be no other development done.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design