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Is it time to upgrade your Horizon Environment? Is your infrastructure team getting ready to upgrade the vSphere servers? Both questions that you should probably be saying yes to.

If you have read any number of blogs that have been released recently, vSphere 5.5 will be going End of General Support in less that 6 months’ time. Read more here: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/51491

 

Upgrade to Horizon 7

So why am I talking about vSphere upgrades in a blog about Horizon upgrades. Well now is the time you need to ask what version of Horizon you are currently running, because if you haven’t updated to Horizon 7 yet then now would be a great time to start planning your upgrade.

As End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 approaches companies will be looking to upgrade to vSphere 6.5 and this means that you will need to upgrade your current Horizon environments.

As you can see from the chart below once your vSphere servers have been upgraded to 6.5 the minimum supported version of VMware Horizon is 7.0.2 for vSphere 6.5 and Horizon 7.1 for vSphere 6.5U1.

 

 

Next Steps

So, what next? It’s time to reach out to your infrastructure teams to find out what their plans are to upgrade from vSphere 5.5 to 6.5 and start planning now so that you do not fall out of support with your Horizon deployments.

To help with the upgrade process I wrote a blog a couple of years ago titled Upgrading VMware Horizon View with Zero Downtime you can find that blog here https://blogs.vmware.com/consulting/2015/02/upgrading-vmware-horizon-view-zero-downtime.html

For more information on the benefits and features of Horizon 7 check out the product page here https://www.vmware.com/products/horizon.html and start getting ready for a great new experience for you and your users.