VMware Released Validated Design 5.1 and Cloud Foundation 3.8

VMware Has released VMware Validated Design 5.1 and Cloud Foundation 3.8.

VMware Validated Design 5.1

What’s new:

  • Updated Bill of Materials that incorporates new product versions
  • Integration with VMware Skyline for proactive product diagnostics and technical support as part of the core design and deployment guidance
  • You can collect product usage data from your SDDC by deploying Skyline Collector appliances in each region and have it analyzed by the VMware Skyline engine on VMware Cloud Services. VMware can use the analysis to provide proactive, predictive, and prescriptive recommendations for improving the stability and reliability of the environment. You can also review the analysis in the Skyline Advisor Web application.
  • You deploy and configure the Skyline Collector appliances manually. Skyline Collector deployment is not integrated in VMware Cloud Builder for this release of the validated design.
  • Design and deployment add-on guidance for VMware Enterprise PKS in a VMware NSX-T workload domain as part of VMware Validated Design
  • Use this documentation to implement a virtual infrastructure workload domain by using NSX-T as the network virtualization solution and VMware Enterprise PKS as the platform for deploying Kubernetes clusters and provisioning containers on top of vSphere.
  • VMware Validated Design now supports the virtual appliance version of Site Recovery Manager
  • The Site Recovery Manager virtual appliance is deployed automatically by VMware Cloud Builder. Starting from this release, setting up a Windows virtual machine for Site Recovery Manager in advance in each region is not required.
  • You upgrade Site Recovery Manager and then migrate from the Windows version to the virtual appliance version manually.
  • Recommended maximum latency between SDDC regions is 100 ms
  • Consolidated SDDC design and deployment guidance is available at GA, alongside the core set of Standard SDDC documents
  • VMware Cloud Builder
    • Enhancements to the Network Connectivity audit
    • The Network Connectivity audit uses the IP addresses from the deployment parameter XLS file or JSON deployment file instead of random IP addresses from the subnet
    • Automatic enablement of the vRealize Orchestrator services in the vRealize Automation appliances
    • Automatic configuration of vRealize Operations Manager to auto-synchronize with Active Directory, reducing manual step guidance post-deployment
    • Added support for 125 characters during audit and deployment for Active Directory service accounts
    • Updated the load balancer configuration of vRealize Operations Manager according to the latest product documentation
    • Updated the virtual machine customization specifications for tenant blueprints to align with the naming standard of VMware Validated Design
    • Added support for newer EVC chip sets
    • Added additional data input messages to various cells within the deployment parameters XLS files
    • General bug fixes

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Validated-Design/5.1/rn/vmware-validated-design-51-release-notes.html

VMware Cloud Foundation 3.8

What’s new:

  • Support for Automated Upgrades of vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Operations Manager, and vRealize Automation through vRealize Lifecycle Manager: Enables the automated patch and upgrade support for vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Operations Manager, and vRealize Automation components managed by VMware Cloud Foundation.
  • Automated vRealize Operations Manager Cluster Expansion in SDDC Manager: Provides the ability to scale out the vRealize Operations Manager analytics cluster to handle any growing need of more resources.
  • Support for Automated Upgrade for NSX-T: Provides support to SDDC Manager for the automated patching and upgrading of the NSX-T components deployed by VMware Cloud Foundation.
  • Public APIs for VMware Cloud Foundation: Provides support for the public APIs to create and manage workload domains. The users can now invoke the VMware Cloud Foundation public APIs to create, delete, and get properties on the workload domains, clusters, network pools, hosts, license keys, and tasks.
  • SSO Management Domain Convergence: Provides the ability to link between the SSOs (PSCs) of two or more VMware Cloud Foundation instances so that the management and the VI workload domains are visible in each of the instances.
  • BOM Updates for the 3.8 Release: Provided a BOM update for various VMware Cloud Foundation components, including ESXi, vCenter, vSAN, NSX, NSX-T, and vRealize Suite.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-Foundation/3.8/rn/VMware-Cloud-Foundation-38-Release-Notes.html

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