The documentation of VMware Validated Design consists of succeeding deliverables for all stages of the SDDC lifecycle. It also provides guidance on implementing several SDDC architectures. Because the changes between subsequent releases of VMware Validated Design are designed for stability and optimal upgrade experience, you can follow guidance from earlier releases until a newer one is available.

Guided Documentation Map

The documentation of VMware Validated Design implements a sequence which reflects the stages for implementing and maintaining an SDDC.

Figure 1. Visual Map of the VMware Validated Design Documentation


VMware Validated Design documentation contains guidance on building and maintaining an SDDC. In addition to the step-by-step SDDC deployment, the documentation addresses most required post-deployment guidance.

After you deploy the SDDC, VMware Validated Design provides several types of post-deployment guidance:

  • Operational guidance

  • Scenarios for using the system according to an IT use case, such as workload provisioning and intelligent monitoring

  • Guidance on adding workload domains with an architecture for VMware software that is additional to the list of required products.

You can also use technical notes to adjust your system to a certain network and data center setup.

For information on the document types, see VMware Validated Design Documentation Structure and Audience. For information on Standard SDDC, Consolidated SDDC, and ROBO SDDC architectures, see VMware Validated Design SDDC Architectures.

Overview of Documentation Delivery

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

What's New in VMware Validated Design 5.0.x

  • Updated Bill of Materials that incorporates new product versions

    See VMware Validated Design 5.0.1 Release Notes and VMware Validated Design 5.0 Release Notes.

  • Automated SDDC deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder

    The manual deployment guidance is now replaced with time- and effort- saving automated deployment of the SDDC. You prepare the environment, deploy a Cloud Builder instance in each region, download the software bundle for VMware Validated Design, and input the environment specification to Cloud Builder. You perform only a minimal set of post-deployment tasks.

    For multiple availability zones in Region A, VMware Validated Design supports manual addition of the second availability zone.

  • Updated guidance on VMware NSX-T in VMware Validated Design 5.0.1.

  • New guidance on VMware Skyline in VMware Validated Design 5.0.1.

  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 for the Windows virtual machines of vRealize Automation

  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2017 for the external database of vRealize Automation

  • Support for Ubuntu Server 18.04 for the virtual machines of vSphere Update Manager Download Service

  • Multi-tenancy support in vRealize Orchestrator

  • Recommended use of 25 GbE NICs

  • Use of the HTML5-based vSphere Client for environment preparation, post-deployment configuration and operational guidance in vSphere, NSX for vSphere, Site Recovery Manager, and vSphere Update Manager

For more information about the Bill of Materials and the features of each VMware Validated Design, see the release notes available on the VMware Validated Design documentation page.

Latest Available Documentation

Use the following documents, available for the latest or earlier release of VMware Validated Design, to design and implement a validated SDDC.

Table 1. Introduction to VMware Validated Designs and Core Documentation for Standard SDDC

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Last Available in

Introducing VMware Validated Designs

Introducing VMware Validated Designs

VMware Validated Design 5.0

Architecture and Design

Architecture and Design

Planning and Preparation

Planning and Preparation

Deployment of Region A

Deployment of Region A

Deployment of Region B

Deployment of Region B

Deployment for Multiple Availability Zones

Deployment for Multiple Availability Zones

Table 2. Operational Guidance for Standard SDDC

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Upgrade

Upgrade

VMware Validated Design 5.0

Monitoring and Alerting

Monitoring and Alerting

VMware Validated Design 4.3

Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore

Site Protection and Recovery

Site Protection and Recovery

Operational Verification

Operational Verification

VMware Validated Design 5.0

Certificate Replacement

Certificate Replacement

VMware Validated Design 4.3

Table 3. Documentation for Consolidated SDDC

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Architecture and Design for Consolidated SDDC

Architecture and Design for Consolidated SDDC

VMware Validated Design 5.0

Planning and Preparation for Consolidated SDDC

Planning and Preparation for Consolidated SDDC

Deployment for Consolidated SDDC

Deployment for Consolidated SDDC

Certificate Replacement

Certificate Replacement

VMware Validated Design 4.3

Table 4. Documentation for ROBO SDDC

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Architecture and Design for ROBO SDDC

Architecture and Design for ROBO SDDC

VMware Validated Design 4.3

Planning and Preparation

Planning and Preparation

Deployment

Deployment

Certificate Replacement

Certificate Replacement

Table 5. Scenario Guides

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Scenarios for IT Automating IT

Scenarios for IT Automating IT

VMware Validated Design 4.3

Scenarios for Intelligent Operations

Scenarios for Intelligent Operations

Table 6. Documentation on Workload Domains with VMware NSX-T

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Architecture and Design of VMware NSX-T for Workload Domains

Architecture and Design of VMware NSX-T for Workload Domains

VMware Validated Design 5.0.1

Deployment of VMware NSX-T for Workload Domains

Deployment of VMware NSX-T for Workload Domains

Table 7. Documentation on Proactive Product Support by Using VMware Skyline

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Deployment and Design of VMware Skyline

Deployment and Design of VMware Skyline

VMware Validated Design 5.0.1

Table 8. Security and Compliance Documentation

Online Documentation

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Introducing Security and Compliance

Introducing Security and Compliance

Version-independent

Table 9. Technical Notes on VMware Validated Design

PDF Documentation

Latest Available Version

Migration

Version-independent

Deploying VMware Validated Design Using OSPF Dynamic Routing

Extending VMware Validated Design with Multiple Regions