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Published on August 11th, 2010 | by Kieran


VMware ESX End of Life

Over the past few months I have been working with customers deploying VMware vSphere and often have gotten into the conversation with IT managers regarding the installation of ESX vs ESXi. For several reasons, my preference has always been ESXi which has been greeted with a mixture of reactions.

I was glad to read that with the release of VMware vSphere 4.1, VMware have revealed their plans for the future of vSphere with the major development being that they will no longer support ESX, doing away with the Console Operating System (COS).

With the release of VMware vSphere 4.1, we announced that 4.1 will be the last vSphere version to support both the ESX and ESXi hypervisor architectures. Going forward customers will be able to deploy vSphere only using ESXi.

A VMWare Blog article provides good advice to customers who currently rely on the COS, recommending that they explore options to:

  • Replace COS-based hardware monitoring with CIM-based tools
  • Replace COS-based backup technologies with products that use the vStorage APIs
  • Replace COS-based scripts using the VMware Management Assistant, the vCLI, or vSphere PowerCLI

About the Author

has worked with computers and technology for nearly 20 years. Based in the United Kingdom, he works throughout EMEA as a Solution Consultant, specialising in Fax & Document Distribution technologies. Predominantly blogging on he can also be found on Twitter @KieranLane, and Flickr.

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