Will there be any issues for virtual machines (ONLY member servers on 2008R2, 2012R2) running on VMware 6.0 hosts if we raise our Forest/Domain Function Levels to 2016 from 2008R2?

Laszlo Denes
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Hello Everyone and as always thank you in advance for your time and insights.
We are about to integrate two new 2016 domain controllers to eventually replace our current two 2008R2 domain controllers with the intention of also leveraging them to raise our current Forest and Domain Function Level from 2008R2 to 2016. We have around 30 MEMBER servers running a mix of
2003 (3 of them on physical servers that are being decommissioned)
and the rest are all 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2 of which about 1/2 are virtual machines hosted on a 3 host ESX VMware 6.0 infrastructure.
I had not come across or read about any issues for only member servers (physical or virtual) when it comes to raising the FFL or DFL to 2016, but then I saw this article (see below) and now I am a bit confused and need to make sure that I am interpreting that correctly. I am assuming they are referring to Domain Controllers running 2016 O/S and 2016 AD (FFL/DFL) being incompatible with VMware hosts of all versions at this point and not merely member servers with 2008R2 or 2012R (running on VMware 6.0) having an issue with functioning with a 2016 AD FFL/DFL because the member servers are virtual and are hosted through a VMware ESX 6.0 environment or am I reading that wrong?
https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2071592
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Commented:
No, you will not have an issue with your VMs. I have built 2016 on 6.0. I know that you need 6.5 for 2019
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Commented:
No, you are confusing the article you have posted, with vCenter Server management and AD.

Not ESXi hosts that will be hosting your VMs.

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Commented:
Andrew can you elaborate a bit please... and yes I am confused...
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Thanks Shaun... so what the hell am I looking at in this chart? LOL!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Not sure why you are looking at the chart!

It's not applicable for want you want to do....

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came up as part of research... thanks again..

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