VMware vCloud® NFV™ 3.2 Release Notes | 2 July 2019

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New in This Release

Starting July 1, 2019, vCloud NFV is available in two editions, offering a simple path to customize deployments based on NFV use cases and requirements.

The two editions are:

  • vCloud NFV Standard Edition
  • vCloud NFV Advanced Edition

The components included in these editions are listed here.

Carrier-Grade Resilient Networking

  • VMware NSX-T Data Center 2.4.1 provides a variety of new features to provide new functionality for carrier grade networking and security for private, public, and hybrid clouds. Key features introduced by NSX-T Datacenter in this release include:
    • Support for IPV6 is introduced in this release for dual stack routing, forwarding and security using static IPv6 for workloads or DHCP relays on gateway interfaces. IPV6 is supported across all interfaces, multi-stacked or single stacked Edge Nodes, Edge Firewall, Distributed Firewall rules for NSX micro-segmentation, and MP-BGP
    • Basic Multi-site Disaster Recovery is introduced to support distributed site resiliency using active-standby configuration.
    • Multiple N-VDS per Host - Apart from providing flexibility to organize VM traffic, this new capability to support multiple N-VDS per host enables SCTP based applications to have complete E2E path redundancy.
    • BGP Resiliency Tier-0 logical routers introduce support for iBGP peering with core northbound routers. In an active/active mode higher resiliency is offered with a full mesh iBGP peering among all the Tier-0 Service Routers (SR) and northbound uplinks. In case an SR configured with multiple uplinks loses an uplink, the traffic can be forwarded through the second SR in case destinations are not available on its own available uplinks.
    • NSX Management Clusters with Improved High Availability for flexible deployability and load balancing configurations. The control and management plane have been collapsed into a single appliance simplifying virtual appliance footprint and improving deployment scale.
    • Improved VPN support for L2 and L3 VPN services in configuration, security, and L2 extensions from data center to data center.
    • VMware Hybrid Cloud Interconnect support the ability to migrate workloads cross-site using the NSX-T fabric.
    • Other capabilities include new intent-based declarative policy framework to define and deploy networks in much fewer steps, L7 application-aware firewall,  service chaining to dynamically redirect E-W traffic through partner services, support for SNAT at the NSX-T Edge Node for stacked Tier-0 multi-tenancy, enhanced performance in Edge VM Node throughput, security certifications (FIPS, CC-EAL4), to name a few.

Multi Tenancy Management

  • VMware vCloud Director 9.7 includes these new features and functionalities:
    • Integration with NSX-T Data Center to manage edge services, overlay networks configuration and workload management. Not all of features of NSX-T are directly available from vCloud Director for Service Providers and customers may still have to use NSX Manager to configure some of the features as vCloud Director evolves.
    • Flex Allocation Model is introduced to complement the existing reservation, allocation, and pay-as-you-go models. With a flex allocation model and compute profiles an administrator can create organization virtual data centers (VDC) and control compute resource consumption (reservation, limits, shares) at the VDC and individual VMs. More demanding workloads can be placed in VM group with higher resource allocation within the same VDC.
    • Multi-Tenant vCenter Access is provided though the tenant portal enabling administrators to provide simplified proxy access to each customer/site specific vCenter instances.
    • vCD Appliance Improvements which embed a Postgres database into the converged appliance increasing resiliency and high-availability with flexible configurations (primary-standby)
    • NSX Edge Services Placement is optimized to ensure the only edge services can be placed in a primary or secondary Edge cluster and restrict placement of any other compute workloads in the Edge cluster.  
    • VM vCPU Clock Speed can be specified through vCloud Director to manage compute configuration for VM workloads. 
  • vRealize Operations Management Pack for vCloud Director
    It is an add-on management pack for vRealize Operations Manager specifically designed for vCloud Director. This management pack monitors the health of supported vCloud Director entities and sends early warning smart alerts for monitored Provider vCloud Director resources. It also helps in capacity planning use cases.

    For more details see the VMware Technical White Paper What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 9.7.

Intent-Based Assurance

  • vRealize Operations Manager 7.5.

    vCloud NFV 3.2 includes vRealize Operations Manager 7.5. This focuses on ease of use, faster time to value, and extensibility to your environment through new and enhanced integrations.
    • Intent-based placement for vSAN workload
    • Ability to run workload optimization on vSAN clusters
    • Storage cost analysis
    • Enhancements to What-If Analysis, including vSAN aware capacity planning
    • Capacity planning enhancements based on usage and allocation patterns
    • Application monitoring with auto-discovered applications and relationships
    • Accelerated issue isolation using metric correlation to find positive and negative correlation of desired metrics
    • Numerous usability improvements
  • vRealize Network Insight 4.1 (Optional Add-on) introduces the following key features:
    • Improved flow analysis and path visibility for faster Mean-Time-To-Repair (MTTR)
    • Kubernetes Container monitoring, flow visibility and security planning
    • Application discovery and app-aware network analytics
    • vIDM integration for single-sign-on authentication
    • VMware on AWS public cloud integration
    • Extended third-party device support

API and SDK Enhancements

  • vCloud Director 9.7 introduces vCloud API version 32.0, adding new functionality.
  • This is the last release of vCloud Director to include support for vCloud API versions 20.
  • With the new API version also the Python SDK (Latest Version 20.1.0) and the VCD-CLI are released.

See the vCloud Director 9.7 for Service Providers Release Notes for more details.

Deprecated and Discontinued Functionality

Components of vCloud NFV 3.2 Standard Edition:

Components of vCloud NFV 3.2 Advanced Edition:

Mandatory Add-On Components

Note: This component is required for both Standard Edition and Advanced Edition; additional license is required.

Optional Add-On Components

Note: These components are recommended for Advanced Edition; additional license is required.

Validated Patches

Release Notes Change Log

Date Change
19 JUL 2019
  • Added VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers to the Validated Patches section

Support Resources

To access product documentation and additional support resources, go to the VMware vCloud NFV Documentation page.

Resolved Issues

  • ESXi vmkernel panic might occur when the MTU size is set to 9000 inside Windows guest OS

    This issue is resolved in vSphere 6.7 Update 2.

  • ESXi vmkernel panic occurs when a VM name starts with “SRIOV”

    This issue is resolved in vSphere 6.7 Update 2.

Known Issues

  • Unable to access the VCD HTML UI using Cell FQDN 

    You are unable to access the VCD HTML UI using Cell FQDN if public interface is not configured.

    Workaround: Use the IP Address of the VCD Cell to access the  HTML UI.

  • Patching the VCHA-enabled vSphere 6.7 Update 1 to Update 2 may fail

    You are unable to patch the VCHA-enabled vSphere 6.7 Update 1 to Update 2.

    Workaround: Remove VCHA before starting the Update/Patch and then reconfigure VCHA after update. For more information, see the vSphere KB article 55938.

  • NSX-V backed network pools available for use when creating NSX-T backed Org VDCs in the HTML UI

    When creating the NSX-T backed Org VDCs in a VCD co-existence setup with NSX-V and NSX-T backend, you see that the NSX-V backed network pools are also available for selection.

    Workaround: Use the appropriate network pools created for the purpose.

  • Network configuration of VRNI appliance may fail

    The network configuration of the VRNI appliance may fail during the first attempt.

    Workaround: Configure the network settings again.

  • Unable to create in-band management interface on a bare metal NSX-T Edge

    You are unable to create the in-band management interface on a bare metal NSX-T Edge.

    Workaround: Configure the out-of-band management interface (classical way) on a bare metal Edge.

  • Deletion of Custom Entities in VCD UI fails

    Attempting to delete the custom entities in the VCD UI fails.

    Workaround: Use CloudAPI to delete custom entities.

  • Newly created Tier 0 and Tier 1 routers go to uninitialized state

    If an Edge cluster in the environment has no Edge nodes, the newly created Tier 0 and Tier 1 routers go to the uninitialized state.

    Workaround: Ensure that the environment does not have any empty Edge cluster. Each Edge cluster must have an edge node.

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