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VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 | 14 JAN 2020
VMware Cloud Builder 2.2.1.0 | 14 JAN 2020 | BUILD 15345960

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

About VMware Validated Design 5.1.1

VMware Validated Design provides a set of prescriptive documents that explain how to plan, deploy, and configure a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The architecture, the detailed design, and the deployment guides provide instructions about configuring a dual-region SDDC.

VMware Validated Design is tested by VMware to ensure that all components and their individual versions work together, scale, and perform as expected. Unlike Reference Architectures which focus on an individual product or purpose, a VMware Validated Design is a holistic approach to design, encompassing many products in a full stack for a broad set of use case scenarios in an SDDC.

This VMware Validated Design supports a number of use cases, and is optimized for integration, expansion, Day-2 operations, as well as future upgrades and updates. As new products are introduced, and new versions of existing products are released, VMware continues to qualify the cross-compatibility and upgrade paths of VMware Validated Design. Designing with a VMware Validated Design ensures that future upgrade and expansion options are available and supported.

VMware Software Components in the Validated Design

VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 is based on a set of individual VMware products with different versions that are available in a common downloadable package.

The products included in VMware Validated Designs participate in the VMware's Customer Experience Improvement Program ("CEIP"). Join the CEIP because this program provides us with information used to improve VMware products and services, fix problems, and advise you on how best to deploy and use our products.

Details regarding the data collected through CEIP and the purposes for which it is used by VMware are set forth at the Trust & Assurance Center at http://www.vmware.com/trustvmware/ceip.html. To join or leave the CEIP for the products that are part of VMware Validated Design, see the documentation for each product.

Before you deploy or upgrade the SDDC, review the release notes of the software components that are used in this validated design.

VMware Software Components in VMware Validated Design 5.1.1
Product Group and Edition Product Name Product Version
VMware Validated Design VMware Cloud Builder * 2.2.1.0
VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus ESXi * 6.7 ESXi670-201912001
vCenter Server Appliance * 6.7 Update 3b
vSphere Update Manager Download Service * 6.7 Update 3b
vSphere Replication 8.2
VMware vSAN Standard or higher vSAN * 6.7 Patch 01
VMware NSX Data Center Advanced or higher NSX Data Center for vSphere * 6.4.6
VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.1 Patch 2
VMware vRealize Operations Manager Advanced or higher vRealize Operations Manager 7.5
vRealize Operations Management Pack for NSX for vSphere 3.5.2
vRealize Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices 7.5
vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager * 8.2.0.1
VMware vRealize Log Insight vRealize Log Insight 4.8
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX for vSphere * 3.9
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Automation 7.5+ 1.0
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1+ * 2.1
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Business 1.5
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Linux  * ** 2.0
VMware Skyline Collector Skyline Collector * 2.2
VMware vRealize Automation Advanced or higher vRealize Automation 7.6
VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Advanced vRealize Business for Cloud 7.6
VMware Site Recovery Manager Enterprise Site Recovery Manager 8.2

For certain optional add-on guidance, you can also deploy the following products: 

Add-On VMware Software Components in VMware Validated Design 5.1
Product Group or Edition Product Name Product Version
VMware NSX Data Center Advanced or higher VMware NSX-T Data Center *  *** 2.5
VMware vRealize Operations Manager vRealize Operations Manager Management Pack for NSX-T * 2.2
VMware vRealize Log Insight vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX-T * *** 3.8.2
 
VMware Enterprise PKS VMware Enterprise PKS **** -
VMware vRealize Operations Manager Advanced or higher vRealize Operations Management Pack for Container Monitoring **** -

 

* Updated from the earlier release of VMware Validated Design
** See Updating vRealize Content Packs after SDDC Deployment.
*** Validated only for a single availability zone in the NSX-T workload domain. See Guidance in Version 5.1 Not Validated for Version 5.1.1.
**** Not validated for VMware Validated Design 5.1.1. See Guidance in Version 5.1 Not Validated for Version 5.1.1.

VMware makes available patches and releases to address critical security and functional issues for several products. Verify that you are using the latest security and express patches or hotfixes for a given component after deploying VMware Validated Design. Scalability and functionally tests for individual patches, express patches, or hotfixes are not typically performed against VMware Validated Design. If a patch must be applied to your environment, follow the VMware published practices and VMware Knowledge Base articles for the specific patch. If an issue occurs during or after the process of applying a patch, contact VMware Technical Support. If after applying a patch, the new product version no longer adheres to the bill of materials, or interrupts the upgrade to the next published version of the design, you must continue to follow the upgrade path to a version of the design that includes this product version.

VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace store only the latest versions of the management packs for vRealize Operations Manager and the content packs for vRealize Log Insight. The software components table contains the latest versions of the packs that were available at the time this VMware Validated Design was validated. When you deploy the VMware Validated Design components, it is possible that the version of a management or content pack on VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace is newer than the one used for this release.

For information on the lifecycle of the VMware software components in this VMware Validated Design, see Lifecycle of the VMware Software Components.

What's New

VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 provides a list of new features:

  • Updated Bill of Materials that incorporates new product versions
  • After the automated SDDC deployment finishes, you can generate a report in PDF with details on each task in VMware Cloud Builder.
  • Introducing the following enhancements to the Deployment Parameters XLS file:
    • Removal of the static ESXi host limit.
      VMware Cloud Builder now supports a start-end range of IP addresses for each VLAN network.
    • Ability to set the SNMP string parameter for the network device adapters in vRealize Operations Manager
    • Validation of the BGP password against the limit of 15 characters in NSX for vSphere
    • Ability to define Global SMTP Settings for simpler deployment specification
  • The NSX-T instance in a virtual infrastructure workload domain is integrated with vRealize Operations Manager
  • VMware Validated Design now features the Compliance Kit for PCI that provides information how to reconfigure and validate the virtual infrastructure towards compliance with the PCI standard. The kit consists of the following documents:
    • Introducing Security and Compliance
    • Product Applicability Guide for PCI
    • Security and Compliance Configuration for PCI
    • Audit Guide for PCI
    • Audit Guide Appendix for PCI

For more information, see the VMware Validated Design Documentation page.

Earlier Releases of VMware Validated Design

Features and known issues of VMware Validated Design are described in the release notes for each release. See VMware Validated Design 5.1 Release Notes.

Internationalization

This VMware Validated Design release is available only in English.

Compatibility

This VMware Validated Design guarantees that product versions in the VMware Validated Design 5.1.1, and the design chosen, are fully compatible. Any minor known issues that exist are described in this release notes document.

Installation

To install and configure an SDDC according to this validated design, follow the guidance in the VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 documentation. For product download information, and guides access, see the VMware Validated Design Documentation page.

Guidance in Version 5.1 Not Validated for Version 5.1.1

The following documentation that is available in VMware Validated Design 5.1 is out of scope for validation in this version of VMware Validated Design:

  • Architecture and Design for VMware NSX-T Worklod Domains with Multiple Availability Zones
  • Deployment of VMware NSX-T Worklod Domains with Multiple Availability Zones
  • Architecture and Design for VMware Enterprise PKS with VMware NSX-T Workload Domains
  • Deployment of VMware Enterprise PKS with VMware NSX-T Workload Domains

Updating vRealize Content Packs after SDDC Deployment

Because new versions of some vRealize Log Insight Content Packs were released after the tests of VMware Cloud Builder were complete, after the SDDC deployment, you must update vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Linux to version 2.0.1.

In VMware Validated Design, you update the content packs from the vRealize Log Insight user interface. In the user interface, you can upgrade content packs only to their latest version on VMware Marketplace. As a result, during the upgrade to VMware Validated Design 5.1.1, you can update vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Linux only to version 2.0.1.

Lifecycle of the VMware Software Components

This VMware Validated Design version is based on one or more VMware products whose versions eventually reach the End of Support Life (EOSL) stage as described by the VMware Lifecycle Policies.Тhose versions are no longer generally supported by VMware. In such a case, upgrade to a later version by using the upgrade procedures in the VMware Validated Design Upgrade documentation.

If you are using an earlier version in your environment, upgrade your environment according to the following scenarios:

Scenarios for Upgrade from a Version that Has Reached EOSL
Scenario Upgrade Approach
The version of VMware Validated Design that you are using has already entered the EOSL stage but the next VMware Validated Design version is still supported. Apply the VMware Validated Design Upgrade documentation to bring the VMware environment to a fully supported state
The version of VMware Validated Design that you are using and the next version have both already entered the EOSL stage Because the VMware Validated Design Upgrade documentation supports upgrade only from one release to the next one, the transition across multiple releases might be complex. Contact a VMware sales representative to plan and perform a custom upgrade procedure with the assistance of VMware Professional Services.

For more information about current and expired product releases, refer to the VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix

Documentation Delivery Log

The VMware Validated Design documentation is published in several iterations. On the release date, the core documents that introduce VMware Validated Design and provide guidance on the SDDC design, planning, and deployment are published live. The remaining documents are released in groups until the entire set is compliant with the Bill of Materials of the VMware Validated Design release.

Log of Delivered VMware Validated Design Documentation
Delivery Date Documentation
19 DEC 2019
  • As an extension to the documentation for VMware Validated Design 5.1
    • Standard SDDC
      • Deployment of Region A
      • Deployment of Region B
    • Consolidated SDDC
      • Deployment of Consolidated SDDC
    • Workload Domain
      • Architecture and Design for VMware NSX-T Workload Domains
      • Deployment for VMware NSX-T Workload Domains
      • Architecture and Design for VMware NSX-T Workload Domains with Multiple Availability Zones
      • Deployment for VMware NSX-T Workload Domains with Multiple Availability Zones
  • As standalone documentation
    • Standard SDDC
      • Upgrade from 5.1 to 5.1.1
      • Monitoring and Alerting
    • Security and Compliance
      • Security and Compliance Configuration for NIST 800-53
      • Compliance Kit for NIST 800-53
      • Security and Compliance Configuration for PCI
      • Compliance Kit for PCI

All documentation is available on the VMware Validated Design Documentation page.

Resolved Issues

  • The validation of the environment for the management cluster in Region A fails for Microsoft SQL Server, which results in skipping the audit check for vRealize Automation

    When you use the Cloud Builder administration interface to validate the deployment parameters and target environment prerequisites for the management cluster in Region A, the validation of the vvd-std-rega-mgmt.json file fails with the error: MSDTC security property 'Allow Remote Administrator' is 'Selected'. (Expecting Deselected).

    The /opt/vmware/sddc-support/cloud_admin_tools/logs/PlatformAudit.log file in the Cloud Builder appliance contains the following error stack trace:
    [DEBUG sql_server.py::delete_guest_temp_dir::524::platformaudit-3c952f52-7dab-464a-acdd-6e36d2f7e362] Deleting temp directory which store output: C:\vvdtemp
    [DEBUG vsphere.py::delete_guest_dir::295::platformaudit-3c952f52-7dab-464a-acdd-6e36d2f7e362] Cleanup old directory: C:\vvdtemp
    [INFO sql_server.py::validate_msdtc_configuration::254::platformaudit-3c952f52-7dab-464a-acdd-6e36d2f7e362] MSDTC security property 'Enable XA Transactions' is 'Deselected'
    [ERROR sql_server.py::validate_msdtc_configuration::259::platformaudit-3c952f52-7dab-464a-acdd-6e36d2f7e362] MSDTC security property 'Allow Remote Administrator' is 'Selected'. (Expecting Deselected)
    ...
    [INFO executor.py::run::166::platformaudit-3c952f52-7dab-464a-acdd-6e36d2f7e362] Audit test class AuditSqlServer...FAIL

    This issue occurs because VMware Validated Design 5.1 contains a requirement to select the Allow Remote Administration option for the Network DTC Access setting on the SQL Server virtual machine.

Known Issues

VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 inherits all known issues of VMware Validated Design 5.0 except for several resolved issues. See VMware Validated Design 5.1 Known Issues.