Overview

This document lists the recommended Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform software releases for use with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Systems applicable to both new and existing deployments. These recommendations are general. They should not replace environment-specific design review efforts and should not override Advanced Services recommended releases if employed.

Important: Patch releases from the recommended release trains can become available for download before they are recommended in this document. If a patch release later than what is recommended below is available for download, review the "Resolved Caveats" section in the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Release Notes and Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Security Advisories to determine if any resolved caveats are applicable to your deployment scenario and feature set and upgrade to the later release to benefit from the incremental fixes.

General Recommendation for New and Existing Deployments

Cisco recommends that customers with new and existing Cisco HyperFlex Series deployments choose from the following recommended releases:

Cisco HyperFlex ESXi

Platforms (if any one of the following are required, select the corresponding software version)

Recommended Versions (with download links for HX and related software)

Recommended UCS Versions (with links to the release notes)

Recommended VMware ESXi Versions

All HyperFlex configurations including Cisco HyperFlex Stretched Cluster – except those below requiring appropriate newer feature release

3.5(2h)

UCS Infrastructure Software Bundle - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS C-Series rack-mounted server version - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS B-Series blade server - 4.0(4h)

Cisco UCS Host Upgrade Utility version - 4.0(4f) - For HX Edge deployments

6.5U3 - Cisco HX Custom Image for ESXi 6.5 U3 EP17 14990892 or later build as specified on the Software Download page.

6.7U3 - Cisco HX Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 EP13 15018017 or later build as specified on the Software Download page.

Specific configurations that require 4.0(2a):

All NVMe (Server PID: HXAF220C-M5SN) configurations.

Configurations including HX Acceleration Engine (PID: HX-PCIE-OFFLOAD-1)

HX Edge (2, 3 and 4 nodes) where the install is using Cisco Intersight (preferred for HX Edge).

All Flash Capacity Drives:

7.6TB1high density (PID: HX-SD76T61X-EV), 3.8TB (PID: HX-SD38T2HTNK9), 960G (PID: HX-SD960G2HTNK9), FIPS compliant SED SSD capacity drives for All Flash

Small Form Factor (SFF) Capacity drives:

2.4TB SFF HDD (PID: HX-HD24TB10K4KN)

Large Form Factor (LFF) Capacity Drives:

12TB LFF (PID: HX-HD12T7KL4KN), 8TB. LFF (PID: HX-HD8T7K4KAN) alternate capacity drive for HX240C-M5L servers

New Cache drive Option for All Flash:

800G. (PID: HX-SD800G123X-EP) 12G SAS Cache drive option for All Flash 220 and All Flash 240

Configurations including NVIDIA T4 GPUs (PID: HX-GPU-T4-16)

Alternate system / house keeping drives:

480G (PID: HX-SD480G6I1X-EV and HX-SD480GM1X-EV) alternate system (or housekeeping) drives.

Alternate boot drives:

960G (PID: HX-M2-960GB) alternate boot drive for all existing HX M5 servers.

4.0(2a)

UCS Infrastructure Software Bundle - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS C-Series rack-mounted server version - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS B-Series blade server - 4.0(4h)

Cisco UCS Host Upgrade Utility version - 4.0(4i) - For HX Edge deployments

6.5 U3 - Cisco HX Custom Image for ESXi 6.5 U3 or later build as specified on the Software Download page.

6.7 U3 - Cisco HX Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 or later build as specified on the Software Download page.

1 7.6TB drive: Maximum cluster scale is to 8 nodes and maximum drives per node is 12 drives on HX AF C240. HX Edge HXAF-E-220M5SX is not supported at this time.

Note

Stretched Cluster, Hyper-V, All-NVMe, HX Acceleration Engine, HX Edge 2-node and 4-node clusters are supported only on M5 hardware.

The star in the Software Download Page in CCO refers to the recommended release for Cisco HyperFlex M5 ESX standard HX deployments (SED/non-SED/Stretched Cluster)



Note

Cisco HyperFlex clusters using SED SSD configurations require a mandatory upgrade to 3.5(2b) or above. HyperFlex Release 3.5(2b) is the minimum release, locate the recommended release in the previous table. For more information on the issues and steps to identify configurations susceptible to the issue, see field notice FN70234.


Cisco HyperFlex Hyper-V

Platforms (if any one of the following are required, select the corresponding software version)

Recommended Version (with download links for HX and related software)

Recommended UCSM Version (with links to the release notes)

Recommended Hyper-V Versions

All HyperFlex configurations – except those below requiring appropriate newer feature release

3.5(2h)

UCS Infrastructure Software Bundle - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS C-Series rack-mounted server version - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS B-Series blade server version - 4.0(4h)

Windows Server 2016

Specific configurations that were enabled in 4.0(2a):

New Cache drive Option for All Flash:

800G 12G SAS Cache drive option for All Flash(Drive PID: HX-SD800G123X-EP)

Optane NVMe (PID: HX-NVMEXPB-I375 and HX-NVMEXP-I375)) and NVMe cache drive (PID: HX-NVMEHW-H1600)

Configurations including the following Small Form Factor (SFF) Capacity drives: 2.4TB SFF HDD (PID: HX-HD24TB10K4KN)

Configurations including the following Large Form Factor (LFF) Capacity Drives: 8TB LFF (PID: HX-HD8T7K4KAN) alternate capacity drive for HX240C-M5Lservers

Configurations including NVIDIA T4 GPUs (PID: HX-GPU-T4-16).

Alternate system / housekeeping drives:

480G alternate system (or housekeeping) drives (Drive PID: HX-SD480G6I1X-EV and PID: HX-SD480GM1X-EV).

Alternate boot drives:

960G Alternate boot drive for all existing HX M5 servers (Drive PID: HX-M2-960GB)

4.0(2a)

UCS Infrastructure Software Bundle - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS C-Series rack-mounted server version - 4.0(4h)

Software for the UCS B-Series blade server - 4.0(4h)

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Core & Desktop Experience

Note 

For Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Core and Desktop Experience, the Windows 2016 ISO image should be Update Build Revision (UBR) 1884 at a minimum.

Windows Server 2019 Datacenter-Desktop Experience

Note 

For Windows Server 2019 Desktop Experience, the Windows 2019 ISO image should be Update Build Revision (UBR) 107 at a minimum.


Note

HX Edge, All-NVMe, HX Acceleration Engine, Stretched Cluster, Self-Encrypting Drives and VIC 1457 are not currently supported on Hyper-V.


For the complete HW and SW compatibility list refer to the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Release Notes.

For multi-cluster deployments under the same FI, ensure that the recommended UCSM version compatible with the latest HX release is used. The server firmware on each cluster should match the recommended version in the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Release Notes.

Top Reasons to Move to Cisco HyperFlex Release 3.5

Here are the top reasons to move to Cisco HyperFlex Release 3.5:

  • Support for Second Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor Refresh(formerly Cascade Lake)

  • Full stack upgrade including orchestrated ESXi hypervisor upgrades

  • Support for VMware ESXi 6.7 U1

  • Native Disaster Recovery Enhancements

  • Cluster expansion for Stretched Cluster compute-only and converged nodes

  • Cluster Expansion for Hyper-V converged nodes

  • Support for VMware ESXi Lockdown Mode

  • Cisco Container Platform (CCP) and Open Shift Platform integration (OpenShift)

  • Support for DISA STIG Automation

  • Support for NVIDIA V100 GPUs

  • Support for Permanent License Reservation (PLR)

  • Microsoft Hyper-V Enhancements

Release Support Timeline for Release – 3.5(2x)

Milestone

Definition

Date

Release date

The date that this software version was first available for download.

Jan 8, 2019

End of SW Maintenance (EOSM) Release Date

The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering may no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software and only critical security updates will be provided on this release train.

Sep 8, 2020

End of Security and Vulnerability Fixes

The last date that Cisco may provide support for security vulnerabilities.

Apr 8, 2021

Last Date of Support

The last date to receive service and support for the software. After this date, all support services for the software are unavailable, and the software becomes obsolete.

July 8, 2021

Release Support Timeline for Release 4.0(2x)

Milestone

Definition

Date

Release date

The date that this software version was first available for download.

Feb 11, 2020

End of SW Maintenance (EOSM) Release Date

The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering may no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software and only critical security updates will be provided on this release train.

Aug 11, 2021

End of Security and Vulnerability Fixes

The last date that Cisco may provide support for security vulnerabilities.

May 11, 2022

Last Date of Support

The last date to receive service and support for the software. After this date, all support services for the software are unavailable, and the software becomes obsolete.

Aug 11, 2022

Release Support Timeline for Release – 4.0(1x)

Milestone

Definition

Date

Release date

The date that this software version was first available for download.

Apr 29, 2019

End of SW Maintenance (EOSM) Release Date

The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering may no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software and only critical security updates will be provided on this release train.

Jun 29, 2020

End of Security and Vulnerability Fixes

The last date that Cisco may provide support for security vulnerabilities.

Jun 29, 2020

Last Date of Support

The last date to receive service and support for the software. After this date, all support services for the software are unavailable, and the software becomes obsolete.

Sep 29, 2020

Available Releases

Type of Release

Current long-lived release train

3.5(2x), 4.0(2x)

Current feature release train

4.0(1x)


Note

If you are using a feature release, we recommend that you always use the latest available patch release for the feature release.


For info on the Cisco HyperFlex release policy and support timelines refer the following bulletin – https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/hyperconverged_systems/HyperFlex_HX_DataPlatformSoftware/release-guidelines-and-support-timeline/b-release-bulletin-hyperflex.html

For detailed list of dependencies, security fixes and resolved caveats, refer to the release notes for the specific release - https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/hyperconverged-systems/hyperflex-hx-data-platform-software/products-release-notes-list.html

For Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform end-of-sale and end-of-life announcements,

see https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/hyperconverged-infrastructure/hyperflex-hx-series/bulletin-listing.html

Existing Deployments That Use Software Earlier Than One of the Recommended Releases

To the extent possible, Cisco recommends upgrading to one of the Cisco HyperFlex releases listed previously. If that is not possible, Cisco recommends that you review the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Release Notes for the earlier release and the Bug Search Tool to determine the impact of any open caveats.

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, using the Cisco Bug Search Tool (BST), submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see What's New in Cisco Product Documentation at: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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