VMware will continue supporting USB/SD card as a boot device through the vSphere.Next product release, including the update releases. Refer to this KB for details.
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Thanks for sharing
@victorwu, definitely comes with caveats now, key sentance:
Gives people time to perform lifecycle refreshes where they still have a platform designed with SD/USB storage that they don’t want to invest in.
Thanks for sharing this as it is good to see there is still time to plan migrations for users.
We have switched to internal SSDs and retired the SD cards in all of our Hosts due to the problems with V7...
But good to know that there is a possible migration path.
Recently I had a discussion with my colleges about the current situation at our customers. Currently there seems to be no major problem with SD/USB drives in servers with current ESXi version. Nevertheless, it will not be supported with next version of vSphere. The actual problem is more to get necessary components in time!