VMware Validated Designs reduce risk and time in performing updates and upgrades by validating the procedures and software versions associated with each VMware Validated Design release. Consider the policy, upgrade paths, system requirements and upgrade sequence for a successful SDDC upgrade.
Upgrade Policy VMware Validated Design provides prescriptive guidance to update and upgrade the SDDC management products according to an upgrade validation policy.
Upgrade Paths and Application Upgrade Sequence You must follow the SDDC upgrade path and sequences specified for this VMware Validated Design.
Introducing vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and Third vRealize Automation Appliance VMware Validated Design 4.3 extends the product stack with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for automated deployment, lifecycle, and configuration drift management of the vRealize Suite products, and adds a third node to the vRealize Automation appliance cluster for automatic database failover. Add these components to your environment as a part of the post-upgrade process for the operations management and cloud management layers, respectively.
VMware Software Versions in the Upgrade You upgrade each SDDC management product to the specific version according to the software bill of materials in this validated design.
General Prerequisites for the SDDC Upgrade Before you upgrade the functional layers of the SDDC, verify that your existing VMware Validated Design environment meets certain general prerequisites.
Best Practices in SDDC Upgrades Prepare for an upgrade and perform post-upgrade activities to verify the operational state of the SDDC.