The Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution provides a design, implementation, and operational guidance for a workload domain that runs vSphere with Tanzu workloads in the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

A VMware validated solution is a well-architected and validated implementation, built and tested by VMware and VMware partners to help customers deliver common business use cases. VMware validated solutions are operational, cost-effective, reliable, and secure. Each solution contains a detailed design, implementation, and operational guidance.

Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation™ SDDC Manager® automates the implementation tasks for some design decisions. For the rest of the design decisions, as noted in the design implications, you must perform the implementation steps manually.

To provide a fast and efficient path to automating the Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation implementation, this document provides Microsoft PowerShell cmdlets using an open-source module as code-based alternatives to completing certain procedures in each SDDC component's user interface. You can directly reuse the PowerShell commands by replacing the provided sample values with values from your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

For additional information, see PowerShell Module for VMware Validated Solutions.

Intended Audience

The Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation document is intended for cloud architects and administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to deploy and manage a workload domain that runs vSphere with Tanzu workloads in the SDDC and meets multiple requirements. The document provides guidance for capacity, scalability, backup and restore, and extensibility for disaster recovery support.

Support Matrix

Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation is compatible with certain versions of the VMware products that are used for implementing the solution.

Table 1. Software Components in Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Product Group

Component Versions

5.1.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

5.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

4.5.2

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.2 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None

4.5.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

4.5.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.0 Release Notes

Solution-added products

None.

4.4.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

4.4.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

Table 2. End of General Support Software Components in Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Product Group

Component Versions

4.3.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

4.3.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

4.2.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

4.2.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

None.

Note:

The software component versions in this table are in End of General Support (EOGS) phase and are no longer generally supported by VMware. At the time of initial release and during the General Support phase, the software component versions in this solution are actively implemented, tested, and validated by VMware and VMware partners. See VMware Lifecycle Policies.

Before You Apply This Guidance

To design and implement the Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, your environment must have a certain configuration.

Table 3. Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment

Workload Domain

Deployment Details

Management domain

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation documentation:

One or more virtual infrastructure workload domains

Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation documentation:

NSX Edge cluster

Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation documentation:

Note:

You must deploy the NSX Edge cluster with large-sized Edge nodes. A cluster with smaller nodes is not compatible for Supervisor deployment.

VMware Cloud Foundation integrated with Active Directory

Manual or PowerShell automated configuration of Active Directory over LDAP.

See the Identity and Access Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution.

Overview of Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation

By applying the Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, you implement Kubernetes natively on VMware vSphere within your VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

Table 4. Implementation Overview of Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation

Stage

Steps

1. Plan and prepare the VMware Cloud Foundation environment

Work with the technology team of your organization on configuring the physical servers, network, and storage in the data center. Collect the environment details and write them down in the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

2. Deploy and configure vSphere with Tanzu on VMware Cloud Foundation

  1. Activate and configure a Supervisor in your VI workload domain.

  2. Deploy a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster within the Supervisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions, see VMware Validated Solutions Frequently Asked Questions.

Update History

The Developer Ready Infrastructure for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is updated when necessary.

Revision

Description

30 JAN 2024
  • This validated solution now supports VMware vSphere with Tanzu 8.0.
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.8.0.
07 NOV 2023
  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.0.
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.7.0.
  • The PowerVCF PowerShell module is now version 2.4.0.

29 AUG 2023
  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.2.
  • The VMware.PowerCLI PowerShell module is now version 13.1.0.
  • The ImportExcel PowerShell module is now version 7.8.5.
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.6.0.
25 JUL 2023 The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.5.0.
27 JUN 2023
  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 5.0.
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.4.0.

30 MAY 2023

  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.1.

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.3.0.

25 APR 2023

  • The VMware.PowerCLI PowerShell module is now version 13.0.0.

  • The VMware.vSphere.SsoAdmin PowerShell module is now version 1.3.9.

  • The ImportExcel PowerShell module is now version 7.8.4.

  • The PowerVCF PowerShell module is now version 2.3.0

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.2.0.

28 MAR 2023

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.1.0.

28 FEB 2023

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.0.1.

31 JAN 2023

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.0.0.

29 NOV 2022

  • The VMware.PowerCLI PowerShell module is now version 12.7.0.

  • The VMware.vSphere.SsoAdmin PowerShell module is now version 1.3.8.

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.10.0.

25 OCT 2022

  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.0.

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.9.0.

27 SEPT 2022

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.8.0.

31 MAY 2022

  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4.1.

  • The PowerVCF PowerShell module is now version 2.2.0.

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.7.0.

28 APR 2022

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.6.0.

29 MAR 2022

22 FEB 2022

  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4.0.

  • This validated solution now requires installation of the ImportExcel PowerShell module.

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.4.0.

  • The VMware.PowerCLI PowerShell module is now version 12.4.1.

22 JAN 2022

30 NOV 2021

26 OCT 2021

05 OCT 2021

This validated solution now supports:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1

  • VxRail

24 AUG 2021

Initial release.