Welcome to the VMware Cloud Director 2022 Early Access Program!

By participating in this Early Access program, you are helping shape the future of Cloud Director. You are granted early access to software that showcases some features and technologies that may be considered for future releases of Cloud Director. Your feedback will help guide how we evolve these features and technologies and ultimately integrate them into our future offerings.

Please review the documents available in  VMware Cloud Director Beta Documents  to understand the scope of new capabilities.

Use VMware Cloud Director Beta Discussions to discuss privately with fellow beta members, ask questions, etc. about anything related to the product for example: functionality, performance, usability, etc.

Thank you for your ongoing active contribution and participation in this beta program community.
Available Downloads

VMware Cloud Director

VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1

VMware Cloud Director Native Hyperscaler Plugin

VMware Cloud Director Native Hyperscaler 0.5.0 - Installation
VMware Cloud Director Native Hyperscaler 0.5.0 - UI Plugins
VMware Cloud Director Native Hyperscaler 0.5.0 - Open Source License

The new plugin enables users to access and manage their resources in AWS and Azure from Cloud Director portal. For more details please refer to the Hyperscaler Plugin Documentation. Please Note: The VMware Cloud Director Native Hyperscaler product will only work with VMware Cloud Director 10.3.x product line at this time.

New Branding & Theming Experience

A completely new user interface where providers will be able to create, manage and assign themes for their tenants. The UI provides a live preview of the Cloud Director portal's look and feel when changing the theming, branding, links and menus. New set of APIs which manages all Branding & Theming resources together as a bundle in a zip format

Please Note:
- The Branding & Theming is released as Alpha feature and needs to be enabled by providers. This action will result in the default light theme being assigned for the provider and across all organizations
- Migration of the themes created with the old branding APIs is not yet available

Test Scenario:
1. Enable the Branding feature: login as provider admin, navigate to Administration->Settings->Feature Flags (enabling/disabling the feature flag requires a reloud of the page)
2. Navigate to Customize Portal (under More menu)
3. Click on Themes tab
4. Observe two built-in themes (Light and Dark)
5. Click on Create Theme
6. Use the theme editor to define custom colors, branding, login/logout links, menu items
7. Assign newly created theme to provider or a tenant
8. Verify that the new theming is correctly applied in the provider or tenant UI
9. Navigate back to the Themes screen
10. Export one of the themes (Actions->Export) and import it in a different VCD instance and it becomes available for assignment
11. Use the API explorer (/api-explorer/provider) to learn about operations available under /1.0.0/brandingThemes API endpoint
12. Disabling the Branding feature's alpha flag will revert the provider and tenant portals to the branding and theming configured using the old APIs

Support for UFI boot and Secure Boot

Create a new VM
• Note that Boot Firmware drop down selector supports BIOS or EFI
• If EFI Boot Firmware is selected EFI Secure Boot option becomes available to turn on Secure Boot

Fast Cross vCenter instantiation

In past releases, if a VCD catalog is backed by a VDC from a PVDC in vCenter A and a vApp from the catalog is instantiated on a VDC backed by cluster in vCenter B, then this would trigger OVF export-import to instantiate the vApp template to VDC in vCenter B. With this release if vCenter A and vCenter B have shared NFS datastore then VCD will perform optimized copy and avoid OVF export-import resulting in dramatic improvement in catalog vApp instantiation time

Test Scenario:
1. Set up two pVDCs backed by 2 clusters from two vCenters. vCenter A and vCenter B
2. Set up NFS that is available in both vCenters
3. Set up a NFS datastore in each of the vCenters backed by the same NFS share
4. Set up a NFS storage policies in each vCenter that is backed by the NFS datastore created in previous step
5. Set up a VCD catalog that is backed by a cluster from vCenter A and use NFS storage policy as the storage backing of this catalog. In other words, the templates of the catalog MUST be on the shared NFS storage
7. Populate the catalog with vApps of various sizes (large sizes will better demonstrate the improved performance)
8. Populate the catalog by ISO images
9. Set up Org VDC backed by PVDC from vCenter B and the NFS datastore
10. Attempt to instantiate catalog vApps in the org VDC (backed by vCenter B)
11. Attempt to create a new BVM form a boot image based on one of the ISO images in the catalog
12. Note the improved instantiation time compared to previous versions of VCD where this would require OVF export-import to move the vApp from vCenter A to vCenter B

AVI: Transparent LB - A basic feature supported by AVI

Test Scenario:
1. Enable “Transparent Mode” at Gateway Load Balancer setting
2. Create any of the groups: Static Group, IP Set or Dynamic Group
3. Create a Pool with group member
4. Open new virtual service wizard
5. Enable “Preserve Client IP” flag
6. Choose a SEG with Legacy HA mode (selection wizard shows which of the added SEGs supports this feature)
7. Choose a Pool with group member (selection wizard shows which of the available pols have group member type)
8. Provide a IPv4 Virtual IP (IPv6 is not supported)
9. Click on save to create the virtual service
Important Disclaimer
As a reminder, you are participating in a private & confidential Beta Program subject to the terms and conditions of the Master Software Beta Test Agreement and End User License Agreement that you have acknowledged on behalf of your company. By participating in the beta program you agree not to allow anyone else to use your ID to enter the Beta portal. Use of license keys provided within the beta portal are subject to the terms of this MSBTA and EULA, and are NOT permitted to be shared with others.

The information provided through in this Beta Program is strictly confidential. Do NOT forward or otherwise share this information. Any potential version numbers seen through out the Beta Program are considered placeholders only!

VMware does not commit to delivering features discussed in this program in any generally available product.
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