VMware NSX 6.4.1 Released

VMware has released NSX 6.4.1 that gives support for vSphere 6.7 and other.

What's new/Changed in the version:

Security Services

  • Context-Aware Firewall:
    • Additional Layer 7 Application Context Support: SYMUPD (Symantec LiveUpdate traffic, which includes spyware definitions, firewall rules, antivirus signature files, and software updates), MAXDB (SQL connections and queries made to a MaxDB SQL server), and GITHUB (web-based Git or version control repository and Internet hosting service).
    • Expanded OS support for Identity Firewall: Identity Firewall support for user sessions on remote desktop and application servers (RDSH) is now expanded to include Windows Server 2012 with VMware Tools 10.2.5 and Windows 2012 R2 with VMware Tools 10.2.5.
NSX User Interface
  • VMware NSX – Functionality Updates for vSphere Client (HTML):
  • Firewall – UI Enhancements:
    • Improved visibility: status summary, action toolbar, view of group membership details from firewall table
    • Efficient rule creation: in-line editing, clone rules, multi-selection and bulk action support, simplified rule configuration
    • Efficient section management: drag-and-drop, positional insert of sections and rules, section anchors when scrolling
    • Undo operations: revert unpublished rule and section changes on UI client side
    • Firewall Timeout Settings: Protocol values are displayed at-a-glance, without requiring popup dialogs.
  • Application Rule Manager – UI Enhancements:
    • Session Management: View a list of sessions, and their corresponding status (collecting data, analysis complete) and duration.
    • Rule Planning: View summary counts of grouping objects and firewall rules; View recommendations for Universal Firewall Rules
  • Grouping Objects Enhancements:
    • Improved visibility of where the Grouping Objects are used
    • View list of effective group members in terms of VMs, IP, MAC, and vNIC
  • SpoofGuard – UI Enhancements:
    • Bulk action support: Approve or clear multiple IPs at a time

NSX Edge Enhancements

  • Load Balancer Scale: Increased support of LB pool members from 32 to 256

Operations and Troubleshooting

  • Installation – UI Enhancements:
    • Filter list of clusters by status: All, Installed: Healthy, Installed: Needs Attention, Not Installed
    • Cluster Summary View: shows communication channel health status
  • Alarms on Certificate Expiration: System events and SNMP alerts are generated before and upon certificate expiration. Time interval is configurable, with default of 7 days before expiration.
  • Automatic Backup before Upgrades: When you upgrade NSX Manager to NSX 6.4.1, a backup is automatically taken and saved locally as part of the upgrade process. See Upgrade NSX Manager and Managing NSX Manager Backups Created During Upgrade for more information.

Solution Interoperability

  • vSphere 6.7 support: When upgrading to vSphere 6.7, you must first install or upgrade to NSX for vSphere 6.4.1 or later. See Upgrading vSphere in an NSX Environment in the NSX Upgrade Guide and Knowledge Base article 53710 (Update sequence for vSphere 6.7 and its compatible VMware products).

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-for-vSphere/6.4/rn/releasenotes_nsx_vsphere_641.html

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