VMware Telco Cloud InfrastructureTM – OpenStack Edition | 7 APR 2022

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure OpenStack Edition Release 2.2 brings together various key features and enhancements across carrier-grade workload compute, networking, and virtual infrastructure management areas. This release enhances the Telco Cloud Infrastructure bundle with powerful networking features to support high performance and new networking technologies. This release also supports new features in the Virtual Infrastructure Management function. In addition, high performance, reliability, and management features are introduced in the compute and storage infrastructure areas.

Carrier-Grade Resilient Networking

VMware NSX-T Data Center introduces the following key enhancements across networking, load balancing, NSX Data Center for vSphere to NSX-T Data Center migration, security, services, and onboarding. This release also inherits enhancements from NSX-T Data Center 3.2.

  • Performance Enhancements: With the NUMA-aware teaming policy, NSX now supports the processing of the traffic on the same NUMA node as the pNICs used to leave ESXi. This feature enhances the datapath performance, leveraging teaming policies across multiple NUMA nodes. The 5-tuple ECMP hashing algorithm is supported on ESXi to allow a better distribution of the traffic across all the available Service Routers (SRs).
  • Enhancements to the NSX for vSphere to NSX-T Data Center Migration Coordinator: Extends the coverage of the supported NSX for vSphere topologies and provides flexibility on the target NSX-T topologies.
  • Improved protection against Log4j vulnerability: Supports Apache Log4j version 2.16 to resolve the CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046 issues. For more information about these vulnerabilities and their impacts on VMware products, see VMSA-2021-0028.
  • Security: Enables extension of micro-segmentation to workloads deployed on vSphere networks. Provides enhanced L7 App IDs, Malware Detection, Prevention and Sandboxing, URL filtering, User-ID firewall, TLS inspection (Tech Preview) Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS), and several other key security features.

For more information, see the VMware NSX-T Data Center Release Notes and VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.2 Release Notes.

Virtual Infrastructure Management Enhancements

VMware Integrated OpenStack introduces the following key features and enhancements. This release also inherits features and enhancements from VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.2 and VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.1.

  • Management Plane Enhancements:
    • NSX-V to NSX-T Migration Support for VIO deployment's Neutron: VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.x has already reached its end of general support. This functionality helps you migrate the existing VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) deployment's Neutron from NSX-V to NSX-T 3.2 or later. This release also supports the Neutron NSX-T Management Plugin to Policy Plugin migration.
    • Disaster Recovery Support: Provides the new viocli command to support disaster recovery for the Management Plane. This release also provides disaster recovery support for NSX resources.
    • VIOCLI and VIO Web UI: The viocli command supports multi-vCenter deployments. A VIO admin can backup and restore the deployments from the VIO Web UI directly instead of using the viocli command.
    • New Health Check Tool: VIO admins can check the health status of the VIO system using the viocli command. For more information, see the VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.2 Administration Guide.
    • Support One-off Patch Management: Provides a unified management tool for one-off patches using the viocli command. All the one-off patches perform basic installation and uninstallation procedures and list status using the viocli command.
    • Multiple license keys: Allows admin to input multiple VIO license keys and assign the keys for usage.
  • OpenStack Driver:
    • VM vNIC Connections with Multiple SR-IOVs: Provides a generic way for VNF to connect on the specified SR-IOV pNic while the VM is placed under the NUMA node alignment.
    • Multiple vGPU Profiles: Supports multiple vGPU profiles for Nova Instance. You can use nova-manage commands to show and update vGPU information under vCenter Server.
    • Support Octavia Flavor: Allows users to use the OpenStack Octavia flavors capability on load balancers created by VIO on NSX-T Data Center. This feature is supported by Neutron NSX-P plugin and with NSX-T 3.1 or later.
  • Scalability:
    • Increased scalability: One VIO deployment can now support up to 128 Nova Compute Nodes, 10k Tenant Networks with Neutron NSX-T Policy Plugin, and 8 VIO deployments federation with vIDM as IdP.

For more information about these features, see the VMware Integrated OpenStack Release NotesVMware Integrated OpenStack 7.2 Release Notes, and VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.1 Release Notes.

Workload Management, Storage, and Reliability Enhancements

VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3c includes the following key features and enhancements. This release also inherits features and enhancements from vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3.

  • Security Fixes: Covers critical vulnerabilities in Apache Log4j identified by CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046.
  • Performance Improvement (MTU size greater than 9000 bytes): With vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3, you can set the size of the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) on a vSphere Distributed Switch to a maximum of 9190 bytes to support switches with larger packet sizes.
  • Extended support for disk drives types: vSphere Lifecycle Manager can validate additional types of disk drives and storage device configurations including HDD, SSD, and SAS/SATA disk drives.
  • Improved interoperability between vCenter Server and ESXi versions: vCenter Server can manage ESXi hosts from the previous two major releases and any ESXi host from version 7.0 and later.
  • vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation: Provides visibility into performance statistics to determine if the application workload is regressed due to Memory Mode. Snapshots of PMem VMs are also supported.
  • vSphere Zero Downtime Fault Tolerance: VMs fall back to the secondary VM, instead of failing. Hence, mission-critical VMs can achieve zero downtime and zero data loss in case of Machine Check Exception (MCE) hardware failure.
  • vSAN Management: You can use vSphere Lifecycle Manager images to manage a vSAN stretched cluster and its witness host.

For more information, see the VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3c Release Notes and VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3 Release Notes.

VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 3c introduces the following new features and enhancements:

  • Simplified Operations: Supports easy vSAN cluster shutdown and restart, enhanced network monitoring and anomaly detection, vSAN health check correlation, and so on.
  • Platform Enhancements: Provides stretched cluster site and witness failure resiliency, nested fault domains for two-node deployments, stuck I/O enhancements, and so on.

For more information about these features, see the VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 3c Release Notes.


Mandatory Add-On Components

Note: Additional license is required.

Optional Add-On Components

Note: Additional license is required.

Validated Patches

End of General Support Guidance

VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix outlines the End of General Support (EoGS) dates for VMware products. Lifecycle planning is required to keep each component of the VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure solution in a supported state. Plan the component updates and upgrades according to the EoGS dates. To ensure that the component versions are supported, you may need to update the Telco Cloud Infrastructure solution to its latest maintenance release.

VMware pre-approval is required to use a product past its EoGS date. To discuss the extended support of products, contact your VMware representative.

Note: If you purchase NSX-T Data Center as part of the Telco Cloud Infrastructure bundles, NSX-T Data Center is entitled to the support lifecycle specific to the Telco Cloud Infrastructure bundles. The entitlement details for NSX-T 3.2.x are as follows:

  • General Availability: 2021-12-16
  • End of General Support: 2026-12-16

The Technical Guidance phase is not available for this product lifecycle. To receive new severity 1 bug fixes and security updates, upgrade NSX-T Data Center to the latest maintenance release in the 3.2.x release series.

Release Notes Change Log

Date Change
13 JUL 2022 VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.2.1 is added to the Validated Patches section.

Support Resources

For additional support resources, see the VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure documentation page.

Resolved Issues

  • Management vCenter Server Not Populated in the OpenStack Management Server Configuration Page After Restoring the VMware Integrated OpenStack Backup

    This issue is fixed in VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.2 and later.

  • NSX-T Logical Segments and T0/T1 Gateways Not Populated in vRLI Dashboards

    This issue is fixed in VMware vRealize Log Insight 8.6.2.

  • Bootstrap Patch Termination Error Occurs When Upgrading vRealize Orchestrator from Version 8.1 to 8.2

    This issue is fixed in vRealize Orchestrator 8.6.2.

  • Error Occurs When Creating Images Through Horizon with Public Visibility in VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.0.1

    This issue is fixed in VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.2 and later.

  • OpenStack Instance Configuration Fails in vROps When Selecting Detect Automatically as the EndPoint Type

    This issue is fixed in VMware vRealize Operations 8.6.2.

Known Issues

  • DHCPV6 Relay Fails to Provide IPv6 addresses from the DHCPv6 Server

    In NSX-T Data Center, the DHCPV6 relay fails to provide IPv6 addresses from the DHCPv6 server.

    Workaround: Use other methods to dynamically assign IP addresses to VMs.

  • PSOD with Exception 14 Error Occurs on ESXi Hosts when Network I/O Control is Enabled

    When NSX-T prepared hosts are configured for N-VDS (E) and Network I/O Control is enabled, PSOD occurs on the ESXi host with the following error:

    error exception 14 in world 9444461

    Workaround: Use N-VDS (E) without enabling Network I/O Control.

  • VM Network Not Changing in vCenter Server After Importing a VM to VMware Integrated OpenStack using DCLI

    If you select a new network while importing a VM from vCenter Server to VMware Integrated OpenStack using the Data Center Command Line Interface (DCLI), the selected network does not reflect in vCenter Server after the import.

    Workaround: Re-select the network from VMware Integrated OpenStack after the VM is imported.

  • Unable to Retrieve Load Balancers After Clicking Load Balancer in the Horizon UI of VMware Integrated OpenStack

    If a user that does not have the Load Balancer role clicks Load Balancer in the Horizon UI, the following error occurs:

    Unable to retrieve load balancer

    Workaround: Assign the Load Balancer role to the user.

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