VMware Validated Design 5.1.3 | 11 FEB 2022

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About VMware Validated Design 5.1.3

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.

What's New

VMware Validated Design 5.1.3 provides a list of new features:

  • Updated BOM that incorporates new product versions

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

Guidance Available in the Validated Design

Starting with VMware Validated Design 5.1.2, VMware Cloud Builder is no longer updated for clean deployments of VMware Validated Design. You use VMware Cloud Builder to deploy VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 and then update the products in your SDDC to the versions in VMware Validated Design 5.1.2 and VMware Validated Design 5.1.3.

Because of the minor differences between the product versions in VMware Validated Design 5.1.2 and VMware Validated Design 5.1.3, the compatibility of the products in the SDDC is confirmed only by validating the SDDC update to the target product versions in VMware Validated Design 5.1.3.

VMware Software Components in the Validated Design

VMware Validated Design 5.1.3 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 5.1.3
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- 202201001 *
vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 Update 3q *
vSphere Update Manager Download Service  6.7 Update 3p *
vSphere Replication See VMware Interoperability Matrix.
VMware vSAN Standard or higher vSAN 6.7 Update 3q *
vSAN Witness Appliance 6.7 Update 3b

Download the appliance OVA file from its location in the downalod group for Vmware vSphere.

VMware NSX Data Center Advanced or higher NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.12 *
VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.1 Patch 3
VMware vRealize Operations Manager Advanced or higher vRealize Operations Manager 7.5
vRealize Operations Management Pack for NSX for vSphere See VMware Interoperability Matrix.
vRealize Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices
vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager
VMware vRealize Log Insight vRealize Log Insight  4.8
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX for vSphere See VMware Interoperability Matrix.
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Automation 7.5+
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1+
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Business
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Linux 
VMware Skyline Collector Skyline Collector ** -
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 See VMware Interoperability Matrix.

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

Add-On VMware Software Components in VMware Validated Design 5.1.3
Product Group or Edition Product Name Product Version
VMware NSX Data Center Advanced or higher VMware NSX-T Data Center * 3.0.3.1
VMware vRealize Operations Manager vRealize Operations Manager Management Pack for NSX-T See VMware Interoperability Matrix.
VMware vRealize Log Insight vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX-T
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
** Not validated for VMware Validated Design 5.1.3. See Guidance in Version 5.1 Not Validated for Version 5.1.3.

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 life cycle of the VMware software components in this VMware Validated Design, see Life Cycle of the VMware Software Components.

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, VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 Release Notes, and VMware Validated Design 5.1.2 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 5.1.3, 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, perform these steps:

  1. Deploy VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 by using VMware Cloud Builder for automated deployment. See Planning and Preparation, Deployment of Region A, and Deployment of Region B.
  2. Update the environment to VMware Validated Design 5.1.2. See VMware Knowledge Base article 79047.
  3. Update the environment to VMware Validated Design 5.1.3. See the documentation of the products whose versions are updated in the BOM.

For product download information, and guides access, see the VMware Validated Design Documentation page.

Updating to VMware Validated Design 5.1.3

For information about updating VMware Validated Design 5.1.2 to VMware Validated Design 5.1.3, see the documentation of the products whose versions are updated in the BOM.

Updating to VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.0.3

If you have a VMware Validated Design 5.1.2 environment with an NSX-T workload domain, after you update the management and initial workload domains to VMware Validated Design 5.1.3, update the NSX-T Data Center workload domain according to the NSX-T Data Center product documentation. Then, switch to a single N-VDS edge node architecture and change the setup of the NSX edge nodes for multiple availability zones. See VMware Knowledge Base article 87450.

Design Considerations for Multiple Availability Zones

NSX-T Data Center 3.x changes how the northbound traffic flow can be influenced. If you have the following architecture, you must change the Tier-0 gateway architecture before you upgrade to NSX-T Data Center 3.x:

  • An NSX Edge cluster with edge nodes placed in both availability zones (typically two edge nodes pinned to Availability Zone 1 and two edge nodes pinned to Availability Zone 2)
  • An Active/Active Tier-0 gateway architecture where the Tier-0 gateway spans edge nodes in both availability zones.
  • Deployed in a data center infrastructure that cannot tolerate asymmetrical routing to or from each availability zone, for example, for physical data center firewalls, and other. 

Change to a Tier-0 gateway architecture where the Tier-0 gateway is active only in a single availability zone at a time in one of the following ways:

  • Recommended. Place an NSX Edge cluster with edge nodes in a single availability zone only (typically Availability Zone 1), that fail over using vSphere HA to Availability Zone 2 on failure. This change requires changes in the data center fabric including stretching the Uplink and Edge TEP VLANs between the availability zones.
  • Migrate to an Active/Standby Tier-0 gateway. Follow the NSX-T Data Center 3.x product documentation for changing from an Active/Active to an Active/Standby architecture of the Tier-0 gateway.

Changing from a Three N-VDS to a Single N-VDS Edge Node Design

Starting with NSX-T Data Center 2.5, a single N-VDS switch design is available in NSX Edge nodes. Changing from three N-VDS instances to a single N-VDS provides network throughput and scalability improvements in NSX-T Data Center. It is recommended for all environments but highly recommended for environments deployed at scale.

Deploy a new NSX Edge cluster with new edge nodes based on the single N-VDS design. Deploy a new Tier-0 gateway and verify connectivity. Once tested, you can reconfigure your Tier-1 gateways to utilize the new Tier-0 gateway on the single N-VDS edge cluster.

Guidance in Version 5.1 Not Validated for Version 5.1.3

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:

  • VMware Skyline Design
  • Skyline Manual Deployment in Region A and Skyline Manual Deployment in Region B

If you want to deploy Skyline Collector instances in the SDDC, see the VMware Skyline Documentation page.

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

Life Cycle 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
11 FEB 2022 Release Notes

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

Known Issues

VMware Validated Design 5.1.3 inherits all known issues of VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 and 5.1.2. See VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 Known Issues and VMware Validated Design 5.1.2 Known Issues.

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