If you haven’t upgraded to VMware vSphere 4 by now, you should consider it and rethink your strategy. VMware has removed all but the most recent versions of their Virtual Infrastructure product binaries from their download page on June 17th. As of May 2010, the following Virtual infrastructure products have all reached end of general support according to the published support policy:

  • ESX 3.5 versions 3.5 GA, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4
  • ESX 3.0 versions 3.0 GA, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03
  • ESX 2.x versions 2.5.0 GA, 2.5.1, 2.5.2, 2.1.3, 2.5.3, 2.1.2, 2.5.4
  • Virtual Center 2.5 GA, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5
  • Virtual Center 2.0

The following Virtual Infrastructure products will remain under Extended Support:

  • ESX 3.5 Update 5 will remain throughout the duration of Extended Support
  • ESX 3.0.3 Update 1 will remain throughout the duration of Extended Support
  • Virtual Center 2.5 Update 6 will remain throughout the duration of Extended Support

VMware’s Support Life Cycle begins on the general availability date of the product when released to the public.

What is the difference between End of Life and End of Availability?
End of Life is the point where the product will have no further support (no fixes, no updates, no technical guidance). End of Availability is the point when the given product or version will no longer be available. The product line may still be supported, however older versions will no longer be available for download.