NSX Documentation and Interoperability

Documentation and Compatibility for NSX 4.x

This section includes the key information to be reviewed prior to beginning the upgrade process: product release notes, product documentation, and interoperability matrices. It is also important to verify the stability and consistency of the environment using a health check, and to understand what is involved in performing a rollback in the event of a migration or upgrade issue.  

Product Release Notes

Product release notes which are published for every product released by VMware, are a key resource and must be reviewed before getting started.  

Here is a summary of what you will find in the NSX product release notes:  

  • What’s New – Highlights of what is new in the current release  

  • Compatibility – This very important section covers incompatible upgrade or migration paths for releases  

  • Installation and Upgrades for This Release – Includes installation and upgrade notes  

  • Product Support Notices – Outlines new device support and deprecation notices. 

  • Known Issues – Outlines any issues to consider prior to upgrading that may impact your environment after your upgrade is complete. 

Product Documentation

Be sure to review product documentation prior to beginning an install or upgrade. Product documentation contains links to product release notes, configuration maximums, interoperability matrices, upgrade guides, and more. The process to perform common tasks can change between releases, so it is helpful to review the documentation for any updated or deprecated workflows.  

Interoperability Matrices

VMware Product Interoperability Matrices are a key component to a successful upgrade and can help confirm that your upgrade path or product versions will be compatible when performing an upgrade. 

There are four kinds of Interoperability Matrices: Interoperability,


Verify that two VMware products are compatible with one another.

Example: Can I run vCenter Server 8.0 and VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.5? 


Verify that a VMware Cloud solution is compatible with an on-premises product or solution 

Example: Can I use VMware Cloud on AWS with vCenter Server 8.0? 

Third-Party Solution

Verify that a VMware product or solution is compatible with a 3rd party component such as, an operating system, database, hardware accelerator and more. 

Example: Can I install vSphere Bitfusion 4.5.0 on the Ubuntu 20.04 operating system?  

Upgrade Path

 Validate that when doing an upgrade, you are executing an upgrade between supported versions.  

Example: Can I upgrade from vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 to vCenter Server 8?

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