4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2015 7:39 AM by Nick Dyer RSS

    Can NCM be installed on ESXi 5.5 Standard edition?

    Ken Williams Newbie

      Can NCM be installed on ESXi 5.5 Standard edition?

        • Re: Can NCM be installed on ESXi 5.5 Standard edition?
          Derek Williams Newbie

          Hey Ken, yes NCM can be installed on 5.5. I would also download the VMware BPG in the mean time.

          • Re: Can NCM be installed on ESXi 5.5 Standard edition?
            Kevin Rainbolt Newbie

            I think the question is, "Can NCM be installed on ESXi 5.5 Standard Edition" vs Enterprise Edition.

             

            Good question.  I think the consensus is still: Yes it can, but it is not officially supported, nor licensed.

             

            See this link:  Re: Vendor pathing policies on vSphere Essentials Plus/Standard?

             

            Specifically:

            Speaking with VMware engineers the consensus is that Enterprise or Enterprise Plus licensing is required for this functionality, but vSphere doesn't enforce that restriction should it find a lower license key - this is up to 5.5 u1 where we are today.

             

             

            However, I haven't seen an update from Engineering or anyone else regarding the following statement by Nick Dyer:

            Our vSphere installation MPIO vib actually installs two services - NCM (Connection Manager) and NCS (Connection Services); whilst it may appear to be working on the front end it's unknown whether the Connection Service daemon is running as expected; so in an example of an multi-array scaleout cluster having NCS not working as we expect could be detrimental. This is where Engineering (including Wen Yu and a few others) are trying to figure this out right now.

             

            We are still running ESXi 5.5 Standard Edition without NCM due to the statement above.  We are not running a multi-array scaleout cluster, but the statement doesn't specify if it might still be "detrimental" to use NCS with a single array.