VMware Validated Designs provide validated instructions for update and upgrade of the SDDC management products according to an upgrade validation policy.

Updates That Are Validated by VMware Validated Designs

VMware Validated Designs follows the lifecycle management principles contextualized around the Software-defined Data Center (SDDC).


Impacts the SDDC design and implementation, ensures interoperability, and introduces new features, functionality, and bug fixes.


Does not impact the SDDC design and implementation, includes bug fixes and ensures interoperability.

The upgrade of the VMware Validated Design is a prescriptive path between each release where, unless specific express patches or hot fixes are required for an environment, deviation is not supported.

Updates That Are Not Validated by VMware Validated Designs

The VMware Validated Design is not scaled or functionally tested against individual patches, express patches or hot fixes. To patch your environment, follow the VMware best practices and KB articles published with the patch you want to apply. If an issue occurs during or after applying a VMware patch, contact VMware Technical Support.