VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3 video was released on Sep 28, 2021, as was the blog post vSphere 7 Update 3 - What's New. While there's no generally available release date announced yet, you can refer to the many new blog posts showing up today at core.vmware.com/blog, including the always-wonderful vSpeaking podcast, in this launch-day special episode What's New in vSAN 7 Update 3.
You don't have to wait until 7.0 Update 3 becomes GA, you can still get your lab updated to the very latest 7.0U2d now, see (VCSA and ESXi) updates and also this TinkerTry article for manual download details.
What's new & changed in vSphere 7 Update 3? Join us as we walk through the major highlights of the best release of vSphere yet. Improvements to vSphere with Tanzu & Kubernetes capabilities, networking, AI & ML workload support, persistent memory, storage, the vSphere Client, timekeeping, and more.
- vSphere 7 Update 3 - What's New
Sep 28 2021
vSphere 7 Update 3 is the ultimate update release to vSphere 7, making it the best vSphere ever. With every update there are hundreds of changes and improvements to add features, fix issues, improve user experience, and increase compatibility. We are announcing it today, and the software itself will be available soon.
Let’s go over the highlights!
So what are we doing about it? We are deprecating use of SD and USB drives as boot media. It’ll give you a warning that the boot volume is in a “degraded” mode because we’re doing things on the back end to help limit the writes to the device.
You can find more information about all of this at: https://core.vmware.com/resource/esxi-system-storage-faq
The above excerpts are just a tease, you really need to read the whole article, here's a peek at the ending:
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This QR code screenshot from the video brings you to ESXi System Storage FAQ.
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- vSAN 7 Update 3 - What's New
Sep 28 2021 by John Nicholson at VMware
Skyline health check correlation for vSAN
The Skyline health checks for a vSAN cluster is an impressive list of detailed health checks to catch the most common issues such as misconfigurations and failures. New to vSAN 7 U3 is the ability to understand the relationship of one health check to another for fast and effective troubleshooting. Understanding relationships of multiple triggered health checks will allow one to address the root cause more quickly, which may correct most or all of the triggered alerts. The functionality is available via API as well, so it can be used in solutions such as vRealize Operations.
- Considerations for future vSphere Homelabs due to upcoming removal of SD card/USB support for ESXi
Sep 22 2021 by William Lam at williamlam.com
Booting ESXi from SD/USB devices? Time to reconsider when buying new hardware!
Sep 17 2021 by Duncan Epping at Yellow Bricks
vSphere SSD and Flash Device Support  Knowledge Base Article
Sep 23 2020 updated
vSphere ESXi Boot Disk
A USB flash drive or SATADOM or local SSD can be chosen as the install image for ESXi, the vSphere hypervisor, which then boots from the flash device.
This usage model has been supported since vSphere 3.5 for USB flash devices and vSphere 4.0 for SCSI/SATA connected devices.
Installation to SATA and SCSI connected SSD, SATADOM and flash devices creates a full install image which includes a logging partition (see below) whereas installation to a USB device creates a boot disk image without a logging partition.
VMware Support Policy
In general, if the SSD’s host controller interface is supported by a certified IOVP driver, then the SSD drive is supported for ESXi provided that the media meets the endurance requirements above. Therefore, there are no specific vSphere restrictions against SATADOM and M.2 provided, again, that they adhere to the endurance requirements set forth in Table 1 above. For USB storage devices (such as flash drives, SD cards plus readers, and external disks of any kind) the drive vendor must work directly with system manufacturers to ensure that the drives are supported for these systems. USB flash devices and SD cards plus readers are qualified pairwise with USB host controllers and it is possible for a device to fail certification with one host controller but pass with another. VMware strictly recommends that customers who do not have a preinstalled system either obtain a USB flash drive directly from their OEM vendor or purchase a model that has been certified for use with their server.
- vSphere Flash Device Support on The Cloud Platform Tech Zone
This seems to contain the same exact information as KB 2145210 listed above, but I recommend you double-check both to see which has the more recently updated content.
Thx! Glad 7.0U2c should fix, but see 7.0U3https://t.co/GwXZnombxlhttps://t.co/QPMVjGZRzA @tehreedy— Paul Braren | TinkerTry.com 💻🔌🔋🚘 (@paulbraren) September 15, 2021
I now usehttps://t.co/1BUaZb0QCQ to image my 32GB ESXi stick, restored tohttps://t.co/yAiAuPLaOFhttps://t.co/dWcNogtOhl
USB 3.0 w/ MUCH better endurance, I need to write-up.