VMware Validated Design for SDDC 4.2 is Generally Available

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    We're happy to announce that on 13 February 2018 we released the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2.

     

    The VMware Validated Designs provide our customers prescriptive guidance and tools, to plan, build, and operate a Software-Defined Data Center. The designs are extensively tested to ensure all components and their specific versions are validated to work in unison, to scale to predetermined design objectives, and operate as our customers expect. Unlike Reference Architectures which may focus on an individual product or purpose without lifecycle management guidance, the VVD for SDDC is a holistic approach to designing a full SSDC stack, applicable to a broad set of uses with a commitment to ongoing upgrade guidance.

     

    What's New

     

    VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.2 provides the following new features:

    • Updated Bill of Materials that incorporates new product versions
    • Guidance to design and implement a dual-region SDDC that has multiple availability zones
    • Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication implementation is moved to a new SDDC layer for business continuity.
    • An improved order of deployment to enable monitoring capabilities in the SDDC as early as possible during deployment. The operations management layer now comes before the cloud management platform layer.
    • Metrics about Site Recovery Manager are now surfaced in vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight
    • New naming scheme for the tenant accounts in vRealize Automation for improved indication of the account purpose.
    • Upgrade guidance to provide the best path to upgrade from VMware Validated Design 4.1.

     

     

    Product Group and EditionProduct NameProduct Version
    VMware vSphere Enterprise PlusESXi6.5 U1
    vCenter Server Appliance6.5 U1
    vSphere Update Manager6.5 U1
    VMware vSAN Standard or highervSAN6.6.1
    VMware NSX for vSphere EnterpriseNSX for vSphere6.4
    VMware Site Recovery Manager EnterpriseVMware Site Recovery Manager6.5.1
    VMware vSphere ReplicationVMware vSphere Replication6.5.1
    VMware vRealize Automation Advanced or highervRealize Automation7.3 *
    vRealize Orchestrator7.3
    VMware vRealize Business for Cloud AdvancedvRealize Business for Cloud7.3.1
    VMware vRealize Operations Manager Advanced or highervRealize Operations Manager6.6.1
    vRealize Operations Management Pack for NSX for vSphere3.5.1
    vRealize Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices6.0.5
    vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager6.5.1.1
    VMware vRealize Log InsightvRealize Log Insight4.5.1
    vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX for vSphere3.6
    vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Automation 71.5
    vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1+2.0
    vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Microsoft SQL Server3.1
    vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Linux1.0
    vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Site Recovery Manager1.2

     

    * If you are already running VMware Validated Design 4.2, you must apply the patches in VMware Knowledge Base article 2151693.

    If the communication in the vRealize Automation cluster is interrupted or is slow, the root partition of the vRealize Automation appliance can be filled up with log data. To prevent from having the space of the root partition of the vRealize Automation appliance exhausted, you must apply patches of the vRealize Automation 7.3 appliance and its Health Service. See VMware Knowledge Base article 2151693.

     

    VMware makes available patches and releases to address critical security issues for several products. Verify that you are using the latest security patches for a given component when deploying VMware Validated Design.

     

    VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace store only the latest versions of the management packs for vRealize Operations Manager and the content packs for vRealize Log Insight. This table contains the latest versions of the packs that were available at the time this VMware Validated Design was validated. When you deploy the VMware Validated Design components, it is possible that the version of a management or content pack on VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace is newer than the one used for this release.

     

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    Gary Blake | VCP | VCP-Cloud | VCAP-DCA | VCAP-DCD | VCAP-CID
    Senior SDDC Integration Architect | SDDC Design and Test | Integrated Systems BU