Welcome to the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.

Learn how to configure and use Cloud Foundation to deploy and manage your software-defined data center (SDDC). Use the navigation on the left to browse through the documentation available for your release of Cloud Foundation. All Cloud Foundation documentation is also available in PDF format, which you can access by clicking the PDF download icon when you are reading a page or viewing a search result.

Release Notes

The Release Notes for VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail provide information about each release, including:
  • What's new in the release
  • Software components and versions included in the Bill of Materials (BOM)
  • Resolved issues
  • Known issues

Planning and Preparation Workbook

The Planning and Preparation Workbook supports both VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 and VMware Validated Design 6.1. It is a Microsoft Excel workbook that helps you gather the inputs required for deploying Cloud Foundation (known as bring-up), VI workload domains, Workload Management, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. It also provides guidance on the requirements for additional components that you can add to your Cloud Foundation environment, such as vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Automation, and VMware Workspace ONE Access.

Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation

Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation provides a high-level overview of the product, including features and components. It also discusses the supported architecture models.

VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide

The VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide provides information about installing ESXi software on Cloud Foundation servers and deploying the management domain using the Cloud Builder appliance.

VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide

This guide provides information about day-N operations, such as deploying VI workload domains, Workload Management, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. It also includes topics such as monitoring Cloud Foundation and managing Cloud Foundation users, virtual infrastructure, and certificates.

VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail Administration Guide

VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail is an integration of Cloud Foundation and Dell EMC VxRail. A successful deployment relies on content in both the Dell EMC VxRail documentation and the VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail Administration Guide. This guide focuses on the tasks that are performed by Cloud Foundation.

VMware Cloud Foundation Lifecycle Management

Cloud Foundation includes built-in lifecycle management capabilities. VMware Cloud Foundation Lifecycle Management describes how to use those capabilities to download, apply, and monitor upgrade and install bundles.

API Reference Guides

This section of the documentation provides links to the API reference documentation on code.vmware.com.

Solution Guides

The solution guides provide VMware Validated Design deployment and architecture and design guidance for deploying an SDDC. VMware Validated Design is a family of solutions for data center designs that span compute, storage, networking, and cloud operations and automation, serving as a blueprint for your SDDC implementation. In addition to using Cloud Foundation for deployment of the main components of the SDDC, the VMware Validated Design solution guides provide information about solutions and tasks that are not automated by Cloud Foundation. For example, after deploying vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager using the Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager, you can follow the VMware Validated Design guidance to deploy other vRealize Suite products.

The VMware Validated Design solution guides map to specific versions of VMware Cloud Foundation.
VMware Cloud Foundation Version VMware Validated Design Version
4.1 6.1
4.0.1 6.0.1
4.0 6.0

Additional Resources