VMware Service Lifecycle Manager
The VMware Service Lifecycle Manager is a built-in vCenter Server tool that helps manage and automate:
- ESXi host patching, upgrading and configuration management
- Virtual machine hardware and VMware Tools upgrades
- Compliance checking against VMware best practice baselines
It provides a simplified way to maintain hosts and VMs throughout the VMware lifecycle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I check when a specific VMware product reaches end of life?
A: Consult the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix on VMware’s website, which provides end of support dates for all products.
Q: What happens if we continue using an end of life VMware product?
A: You risk security vulnerabilities, stability issues, lack of support, missing key features, and being non-compliant with VMware best practices.
Q: Can I purchase additional licenses for an end of life product?
A: No, end of availability indicates no further sales of that version. You must upgrade to a supported release.
Q: Will VMware notify me that a product is reaching end of life?
A: Yes, VMware provides notifications 12 months prior to a product version reaching end of life. Check support notifications regularly.
Understanding VMware’s comprehensive end of life policies is key for any organization utilizing VMware software. Staying current on the latest releases and upgrades is the best way to maximize ongoing product value and support.