One of the questions we probably get asked the most often is around VxRail versions and how that maps back to ESXi and vCenter versions. This is key as customers often want to understand what release they’re upgrading to or which release they’re currently on. There are a few ways to figure this all out.
The first option is to check the release notes. The release notes will show all the versions for that code family. If you aren’t familiar with VxRail, we currently have 2 release of code that are maintained. The first version is 4.0.x, which is based on vSphere 6.0. The second release is version 4.5.x, which is based on vSphere 6.5. As you can probably guess, we will have version 4.7.x as well, once vSphere 6.7U1 is out.
The release notes for 4.0.x and 4.5.x can be found on the support site at the links below or in SolVe Desktop. The release notes contain release information on every component (BIOS, vSphere, iDRAC, etc.) inside the VxRail and the version.
If you aren’t familiar with SolVe Desktop, it’s a procedure generator that is accessible by employees, partners and customers. SolVe Desktop, at one point, was a tool you would download on run in a Windows environment. A few months ago, it was ported to an online/web-based version. It’s not only a valuable tool to see release notes, but also procedures on how to perform upgrades, hardware replacements, change the name(s) of various components and many other procedures. You can find it here: https://solveonline.emc.com/solve.
When it comes to upgrades and versions, this is most important with regards to our customers that have deployed their VxRail to an external vCenter. The following KB article is visible to our customers and is a great reference to see the VxRail version mapped to the ESXi version as well as the requirements for vCenter if you’re going to upgrade. The KB shows the minimum, recommended and maximum versions supported for external vCenter on a given release. The recommended version is also the bundled version in our composite package for those customers that deployed with the internal vCenter. The KB article is here – http://bit.ly/vCenterKB.
The final way to see the VxRail versions is to look at our support matrix. This is the most complete way to find anything and everything about all VxRail releases. It not only includes the information around ESXi, but also information on the firmware, driver, drive slot configuration and many other aspects of the VxRail releases. It’s the most complete resource out there for this information, but it’s probably also a little daunting to navigate. You can find that information here – http://bit.ly/VxRailMatrix.
I hope this helps. I tried to provide the links that are somewhat generic and not tied to a specific release version in hopes that they always provide the most up to date content. If you run into any issues, please let me know.