A quick post to share the news: NSX for vSphere 6.2 is now available.
There are loads of interesting new features and functionalities, the big one being it now supports multi-site multi-vCenter Server deployment: you can have multiple vCenter Servers each of which must be paired with its own NSX Manager. One NSX Manager is assigned the role of primary NSX Manager, and the others are assigned the role of secondary NSX Manager.
This is very interesting for customers that have a DR site, precisely Active-Standby. Up until today with version 6.1.4, replicating the NSX Manager and NSX Controller across sites with vSphere Replication (or similar solution) it’s not supported nor there was a built-in way to keep two NSX Managers in sync.
There are then new Universal concepts, meaning their functionalities stretch across vCenters
- Universal Logical Switch (ULS)
- Universal DFW
- Universal DLR
- Universal Security Groups
I would encourage you read carefully the release notes, specifically the resolved and known issues sections, as you may see something that either prevent or encourage you to upgrade to 6.2.
As an example, if you’re looking to upgrade from vCNS to NSX Manager you may not want to to go with version 6.1.x given the following note:
After upgrading vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.5.3 to NSX 6.1.3, the NSX Manager service hangs and is unable to start successfully.This has been fixed in NSX 6.2.0
As always, plan and design responsibly 😛
NSX for vSphere 6.2 Release Notes https://www.vmware.com/support/nsx/doc/releasenotes_nsx_vsphere_620.html