The structure of the VMware Validated Design documentation reflects the best practices in designing and deploying a data center that is capable of automated workload provisioning. The documentation components of the validated design are organized according to the audience and deployment stage. You use the documents in a specific order.

Figure 1. VMware Validated Design Documentation Flow

Architecture Overview

The first part of a VMware Validated Design is Architecture Overview and it introduces the terms and components in the design.

Table 1. Architecture Overview Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Architecture and Design

Purpose

  • Introduce the fundamentals and components in the SDDC design.

  • Provide information about the layered structure of the SDDC.

  • Describe the building modules and basic behavior of each management component.

Audience

Cloud architects and cloud administrators

SDDC Flavor

  • Standard SDDC

  • Consolidated SDDC

  • ROBO SDDC

Detailed Design

After you learn about the basic modules in the SDDC design, you proceed with detailed design of the management components and the required infrastructure.

Table 2. Detailed Design Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Architecture and Design

Purpose

  • Provide complete details about the configuration of each layer and of the components that are a part of the layer.

  • Describe available design alternatives.

  • Provide design decisions to reflect the main design issues and the rationale behind a chosen solution path.

Audience

Cloud architects and cloud administrators

SDDC Flavor

  • Standard SDDC

  • Consolidated SDDC

  • ROBO SDDC

Planning and Preparation

After you understand the details of the design, you plan your environment according to the requirements of the design so that you can deploy the designed SDDC directly without additional testing and troubleshooting efforts.

Table 3. Planning and Preparation Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Planning and Preparation

Purpose

Collect all requirements that your environment must meet so that you can follow a VMware Validated Design to create an SDDC. The Planning and Preparation section provides prerequisites about the following areas:

  • Required software including VMware products, scripts, and third-party software

  • Networking configuration including VLANs, example IP addresses, and DNS names

  • Active Directory user configuration

  • Specifications of the virtual machines that you must provide in advance

Audience

Cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, cloud administrators, and cloud operators

SDDC Flavor

  • Standard SDDC

  • Consolidated SDDC

  • ROBO SDDC

Deployment Guide for Region A

After you make sure that your environment has the required structure and configuration, follow the Deployment Guide for Region A to start the SDDC implementation in the first region.

Table 4. Deployment Guide Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Deployment for Region A for Standard SDDC

Deployment for ROBO SDDC and Consolidated SDDC

Purpose

  • Provide step-by-step instructions for each management component of the SDDC according to the selected design path in Detailed Design.

  • Cover the single-region setup of the SDDC.

  • Provide details about setting up the virtual infrastructure for both management and tenant workloads.

  • Provide procedures for integration of the products to form one functional system.

Audience

Cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, cloud administrators, and cloud operators

SDDC Flavor

  • Standard SDDC

  • Consolidated SDDC

  • ROBO SDDC

Deployment Guide for Region B

After you make sure that your environment has the required structure and configuration, follow the Deployment Guide for Region B to start the SDDC implementation in the second region.

Table 5. Deployment Guide Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Deployment for Region B

Purpose

  • Provide step-by-step instructions for each management component of the SDDC according to the selected design path in Detailed Design.

  • Cover the dual-region setup of the SDDC.

  • Provide details about setting up the virtual infrastructure for both management and tenant workloads.

  • Provide procedures for integration of the products to form one functional system.

Audience

Cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, cloud administrators, and cloud operators

SDDC Flavor

  • Standard SDDC

Operational Guidance

After you deploy the SDDC, follow the Operational Guidance documentation to operate the environment and the management workloads.

Table 6. Operational Guidance Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Operational Guidance that is delivered as a set of add-on packages that could be asynchronously delivered.

Purpose

For each management component, provide the following information:

  • Step-by-step instructions about backing and restoring the components of each management product.

  • Step-by-step instructions about setting up dashboards and activating alerts for monitoring the SDDC, and lists of notifications that are most symptomatic.

  • Step-by-step instructions about verifying the operation of the SDDC after software maintenance such as restore, upgrade, or failover .

  • Step-by-step instructions about setting up and performing for disaster recovery or planned migration.

  • Step-by-step instructions about upgrading from earlier versions of a VMware Validated Design.

  • Step-by-step instructions about replacing certificates on the management components

  • High-level guidance about migration to a validated SDDC

Audience

Cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, cloud administrators, and cloud operators

SDDC Flavor

  • Standard SDDC

  • ROBO SDDC (Certificate Replacement)