We have following 2 Vsphere environment,
Existing ESXI version - 5.5 AND 6.0
vCenter version - vCenter Server 5.5 GA (build 1312298)
- vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1 (build 3018524)
Here are the following licenses,
VMware vSphere 5 Standard Essential plus (unlimited cores per CPU) 4CPU
vCenter Server 5 Essentials - 1 instance
VMware vSphere 6 Standard (unlimited cores per CPU) 4CPU
vCenter Server 6 Standard - 1 instance
Can I update this environment to Vsphere 6.5 with no cost within the support periods?
The existing licenses are for 2 for 6.0 but didn't upgrade the 1 vsphere which is still 5.5 (expired 10-29-2016). Can we upgrade to the 5.5 and 6.0 to
vsphere 6.5 with no cost since we have vmware support until 2-20-2019
If you have License for vSphere / vcenter 6 you can use that for 6.5 . ESXi and vCenter can be upgraded without any extra cost
You need 6.x license for 6.x esxi or vcenter if you don't have that don't upgrade .
if 5.5 License valid that can be upgraded to 6.x without any cost
Thank for reply Raj,
Do mean "I would need a 6.5 license for 6.5 esxi or vcenter" if you don't have that don't upgrade . Or can I upgrade to 6.5 with a 6.0 license as long as I have an existing support contract?
Yes , You can use 6.0 license for 6.5 Upgrade .
If you have License of 5.5 then you can upgrade that License to 6.0 without extra cost and you can use for 6.5 .
Note that if you are planning to do mixed version then there will be challenge will come , 6.0 or 6.5 features won't be available for 5.5 host .
Thank Raj for the info. The plan is to upgrade both to 6.5. Can you be specific what you mean by "if you are planning to do mixed version then there will be challenge will come , 6.0 or 6.5 features won't be available for 5.5 host"?