Version 1.1. This version is no longer supported as outlined in the Anthos version support policy. For the latest patches and updates for security vulnerabilities, exposures, and issues impacting Anthos clusters on VMware (GKE on-prem), upgrade to a supported version. You can find the most recent version here.

Version history

This page explains GKE On-Prem versioning.

Versioning schema

The GKE On-Prem version has the form X.Y.Z.-gke.N.

Major version (X)
Major versions introduce backward incompatible changes.
Minor versions (X.Y)
Minor versions generally introduce new functionality.
Patch versions (X.Y.Z-gke.N)
Patch versions are generally small, and include fixes and security updates. New features aren't generally introduced. -gke.N is the version's release candidate number.

GKE On-Prem versions

The following GKE On-Prem versions are fully supported, offering the latest patches and updates for security vulnerabilities, exposures, and issues impacting GKE On-Prem. For more details, see the release notes.

VersionRelease dateDownloadsDocumentation
1.8.2-gke.11 August 31, 2021 1.8 Downloads 1.8 docs
1.8.1-gke.7 July 22, 2021 1.8 Downloads 1.8 docs
1.8.0-gke.25 July 9, 2021 1.8 Downloads 1.8 docs
1.8.0-gke.21 June 28, 2021 1.8 Downloads 1.8 docs
1.7.3-gke.6 September 3, 2021 1.7 Downloads 1.7 docs
1.7.3-gke.2 August 9, 2021 1.7 Downloads 1.7 docs
1.7.2-gke.2 May 27, 2021 1.7 Downloads 1.7 docs
1.7.1-gke.4 May 05, 2021 1.7 Downloads 1.7 docs
1.7.0-gke.16 March 25, 2021 1.7 Downloads 1.7 docs
1.6.5-gke.0 September 16, 2021 1.6 Downloads 1.6 docs
1.6.4-gke.7 August 5, 2021 1.6 Downloads 1.6 docs
1.6.3-gke.3 June 7, 2021 1.6 Downloads 1.6 docs
1.6.2-gke.0 February 26, 2021 1.6 Downloads 1.6 docs
1.6.1-gke.1 January 27, 2021 1.6 Downloads 1.6 docs
1.6.0-gke.7 December 10, 2020 1.6 Downloads 1.6 docs

Kubernetes and node kernel versions

For each GKE On-Prem version, the following table shows the Kubernetes version and the Linux kernel version for the cluster nodes:

GKE On-Prem version Kubernetes version Node kernel version
1.8.2 v1.20.9-gke.701 5.4.0.1021.22 (ubuntu), 5.4.120-r118 (cos)
1.8.1 v1.20.8-gke.1500 5.4.0-1018.19 (ubuntu), 5.4.120-r116 (cos)
1.8.0-gke.25 1.20.5-gke.1301 5.4.0.1015.16 (ubuntu), 5.4.104-r99 (cos)
1.8.0-gke.21 1.20.5-gke.1301 5.4.0.1015.16 (ubuntu), 5.4.104-r99 (cos)
1.7.3-gke.6 v1.19.12-gke.1100 5.4.0.1021.22 (ubuntu), 5.4.120-r118 (cos)
1.7.3-gke.2 1.19.12-gke.1100 5.4.0.1021.22 (ubuntu), 5.4.120-r118 (cos)
1.7.2 1.19.10 5.4.0.1015.16 (ubuntu), 5.4.104-r99 (cos)
1.7.1 1.19.7 5.4.0.1014.15 (ubuntu), 5.4.104-r97 (cos)
1.7.0 1.19.7 5.4.0.1010.11 (ubuntu), 5.4.92 (cos)
1.6.5 1.18.20-gke.4501 5.4.0-1023.24
1.6.4 1.18.20 5.4.0.1021.22
1.6.3 1.18.18 5.4.0.1014.15
1.6.2 1.18.13 5.4.0.1009.10
1.6.1 1.18.13 5.4.0.1007.8
1.6.0 1.18.6 5.4.0.1004.5

Versioned entities

Each GKE On-Prem release includes the following versioned entities:

Entity Description
gkeadm The command-line tool for creating and managing admin workstations. To check the version, run gkeadm version.
Admin workstation OVA

Open virtual appliance (OVA) for the admin workstation. Contains the OS image for the admin workstation along with the cluster bundle and the gkectl command-line tool.

The version number is part of the filename—for example:

gke-on-prem-admin-appliance-vsphere-1.6.1-gke.1.ova

For more information, see the Open Virtualization Format Specification PDF.

gkectl The command-line interface to GKE On-Prem. Create and manage clusters, create configuration files, and run preflight checks. Included in the admin workstation OVA. To check the version, run gkectl version.
Cluster bundle

An archive that contains cluster components and the operating system image for cluster nodes. Included in the admin workstation OVA.

The version number is part of the filename—for example:

gke-onprem-vsphere-1.6.1-gke.1.tgz

Security updates

To determine whether an upgrade contains security updates, see the release notes and the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) security bulletins.

Version compatibility

Virtualization layer

1.8 1.7 1.6 1.5
Version

vSphere 6.5U3 or above

vSphere 6.7U3 or above

vSphere 7.0

vSphere 6.5U3 or above

vSphere 6.7U3 or above

vSphere 7.0

vSphere 6.5U3 or higher

vSphere 6.7U3 or higher

vSphere 6.5U3 or higher

vSphere 6.7U3 or higher

Edition vSphere Standard * or higher vSphere Standard * or higher vSphere Standard * or higher vSphere Standard * or higher

Networking options

1.8 1.7 1.6 1.5
vSphere standard switch Yes Yes Yes Yes
vSphere distributed switch Yes Yes Yes Yes
vSphere NSX-T Yes ‡ Yes ‡ Yes ‡ Yes ‡

Load balancing options

1.8 1.7 1.6 1.5
F5 BIG-IP #

F5 Big-IP Controller v1.14.0

Compatible with BIG-IP v12.x-v15.x

F5 Big-IP Controller v1.14.0

Compatible with BIG-IP v12.x-v15.x

F5 Big-IP Controller v1.14.0

Compatible with BIG-IP v12.x-v15.x

F5 Big-IP Controller v1.14.0

Compatible with BIG-IP v12.x-v15.x

Manual load balancing mode Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bundled load balancer (Google provided) Yes Yes Yes Yes

Storage options

1.8 1.7 1.6 1.5
vSAN (optional)

vSAN 6.7U3

vSAN 7.0

vSAN 6.7U3

vSAN 7.0

vSAN 6.7U3 vSAN 6.7U3
vSphere-compatible storage (SAN/DAS/SDS) Yes Yes Yes Yes
CSI storage providers See Google announces Anthos Ready Storage partner program.

Notes

* vSphere Enterprise is the recommended edition.

† NSX-V is not supported.

‡ The minimum supported version of NSX-T is 2.4.2. Support includes node networking for inter-node communication. Pod networking, ingress, and NSX-T CNI integration are not supported. NSX-V is not supported.

# For an up-to-date compatibility matrix for F5, see Releases and versioning.