You can install VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 as a new release or perform a sequential or skip-level upgrade to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.
Installing as a New Release
The new installation process has three phases:
Phase One: Prepare the Environment
The Planning and Preparation Workbook provides detailed information about the software, tools, and external services that are required to implement a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) with VMware Cloud Foundation, using a standard architecture model.
Phase Two: Image all servers with ESXi
Image all servers with the ESXi version mentioned in the Cloud Foundation Bill of Materials (BOM) section. See the VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide for information on installing ESXi.
Phase Three: Install Cloud Foundation 4.3
See the VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide for information on deploying Cloud Foundation. Note that there is no ISO published for ESXi 7.0 Update 2c that is included in the VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1 BOM. For information on how to proceed, seeCreate a Custom ISO Image for ESXi.
Upgrading to Cloud Foundation 4.3.1
You can perform a sequential or skip-level upgrade to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1 from VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3, 4.2.1, 4.2, 18.104.22.168, or 4.1. If your environment is at a version earlier than 4.1, you must upgrade the management domain and all VI workload domains to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 and then upgrade to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1. For more information, see VMware Cloud Foundation Lifecycle Management.
IMPORTANT: Before you upgrade a vCenter Server, take a file-based backup. See Manually Back Up vCenter Server.