The VMware Validated Design Upgrade document provides step-by-step instructions for upgrading VMware software in Region A of a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) that is deployed according to the VMware Validated Design™ for Software-Defined Data Center.

You upgrade the SDDC management components in Region A by applying VMware Cloud Foundation™ bundles from VMware Cloud Foundation™ SDDC Manager™.

Before you start an upgrade of your SDDC, make sure that you are familiar with the update or upgrade planning guidance that is part of this guide.

Intended Audience

The VMware Validated Design Upgrade document is intended for infrastructure administrators and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to keep VMware software up to date with the latest versions available.

Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Version

VMware Validated Design Upgrade is compatible with VMware Cloud Foundation™ 4.2.

Required VMware Software

VMware Validated Design Upgrade is compliant and validated with certain product versions. For more information about supported product versions, see VMware Validated Design Release Notes and VMware Software Versions in the Upgrade.

Before You Apply This Guidance

You apply the instructions in VMware Validated Design Upgrade on an environment with a certain configuration. Following the prescriptive path of VMware Validated Design, you deploy the virtual infrastructure of the management domain and workload domains by using VMware Cloud Foundation, then manually adding a region-specific VMware Workspace ONE® Access™ instance for central user management in VMware NSX-T® Data Center. Then, you use VMware vRealize® Suite Lifecycle Manager™ to deploy the VMware vRealize® Suite components. For information on the deployment workflow of the SDDC components, see Deployment of VMware Validated Design in Introducing VMware Validated Design.

VMware Validated Design follows an example naming convention. The naming provides uniqueness of the objects across the SDDC. You can identify managed objects directly if you use many components that are linked together, for example, multiple VMware vCenter Server® systems working in Enhanced Linking Mode or management dashboards in VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ monitoring multiple instances of the same component. For information on the naming convention, see Planning and Preparation Workbook.

Table 1. SDDC Management Components in VMware Validated Design Before the Upgrade

Domain

Management Component

Deployment Method

Management domain

VMware ESXi™ hosts

Manual deployment

vCenter Server

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder™

NSX-T Manager and NSX-T Edge nodes with a region-specific and cross-region virtual network segments

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder

VMware vSAN™ as principal storage

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder

NFS as supplemental storage

Manual deployment

VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder

Region-specific Workspace ONE Access instance connected to NSX-T Data Center and VMware vRealize® Log Insight™

Manual deployment

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager

Cross-region Workspace ONE Access instance connected to vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight, and VMware vRealize® Automation™

Automated deployment by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode

vRealize Operations Manager

Automated deployment by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode

vRealize Log Insight

Automated deployment by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode

vRealize Automation

Automated deployment by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode

Virtual infrastructure workload domain

ESXi hosts

Manual deployment

vCenter Server

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager

NSX-T Manager and NSX-T Edge nodes

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager

Principal storage

Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager

Supplemental storage

Manual deployment

VMware vSphere® with VMware Tanzu™ workload domain

Kubernetes control plane node

Validation by using VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager and manual deployment

Tanzu Kubernetes cluster control plane node

Manual deployment

Tanzu Kubernetes cluster control worker node

Manual deployment

To use this document, you must be acquainted with the following guidance:

  • Introducing VMware Validated Designs

  • Optionally, the following architecture and design documentation:

    • Architecture and Design for the Management Domain

    • Architecture and Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain or Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain

    • Architecture and Design for Cloud Operations and Automation

  • Planning and Preparation Workbook

  • Deployment of the Management Domain in the First Region

  • Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region or Deployment of a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain in the First Region

  • Deployment of Cloud Operations and Automation in the First Region

See Documentation Map for VMware Validated Design.

The same requirement applies if you are following the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation to deploy the operations and automation solutions. See the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.