Mar 08

VMware Validated Design for SDDC – Software-Defined Storage Demo

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC is a blueprint for the private cloud that results in an SDDC that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. In this video, we will demonstrate the configuration of VMware Virtual SAN for use in this design. Learn more about VMware Validated Designs at www.vmware.com/go/vvd or follow updates on Twitter @VMwareSDDC

Rating: 5/5


Mar 08

VMware SDDC Technical Whiteboard

Trying something different…the VMware software-defined datacenter story in a whiteboard. The whiteboard walks you through the evolution of datacenters…from basic virtualization (vSphere) to an optimized, application-centric, ultra efficient, highly automated and governed SDDC.

Rating: 5/5


Dec 22

Sales 101 – VMware Cloud Foundation Overview

VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that brings together VMware’s vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private and public cloud. In this session, I provide a Sales 101 Overview of VMware’s newly released “Cloud Foundation”. I discuss what it is, the core components of it and what add-on’s are available for it. Cloud Foundation is offered in three options between on-premise and “as-a-Service” offerings.

Rating: 5/5


Nov 15

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 Release Notes

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 | 15 NOV 2016
Check for additions and updates to these release notes.

What’s in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

  • About VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2
  • VMware Software Components in the Validated Design
  • What’s New
  • Content Updates
  • Internationalization
  • Compatibility
  • Installation
  • Update Procedure from Version 3.0
  • Caveats and Limitations
  • Known Issues
  • Resolved Issues

About VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2

VMware Validated Designs provide 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 Designs are 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 the VMware Validated Designs. 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 for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 is based on a set of individual VMware products with different versions that are available in a common downloadable package.
VMware vSphere product group and versions

VMware makes available patches and releases to address critical security issues for several products. Verify that you are using the latest security patches for a given component when deploying VMware Validated Design.

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. This 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.

What’s New

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 provides an updated Bill of Materials that incorporates new product versions.

Detailed upgrade procedure from VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 to 3.0.2 is provided as part of this release notes document.

Content Updates

Some steps are slightly different than those described in the VMware Validated Design 3.0 guides because the 3.0.2 release includes updated product versions. This section identifies procedural changes to be aware of and apply as you read the guides.

VMware Validated Design Reference Architecture
Inter-region connectivity requirements

The specific design of your deployment’s inter-region connectivity is out of scope for the VMware Validated Design. However, your design must support jumbo frames with an MTU of 9000, and consistent round trip latency of less than 150 ms. For information on the requirements for region inter-connectivity, see NSX-V Multi-site Options and Cross-VC NSX Design Guide.

vRealize Operations Manager Design
The original design document recommends you to see a VMware Knowledge Base article for sizing details. For the updated information about sizing compute resources for vRealize Operations Manager 6.3, see VMware Knowledge Base article 2146615.

VMware Validated Design Deployment Guide for Region A
The installation procedures for vRealize Automation 7.1, vRealize Orchestrator 7.1, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.1, and CertGenVVD 3.0 have minor changes. Please make note of these changes when deploying the software.

Rating: 5/5


Oct 30

VMware SDDC Technical Whiteboard

Trying something different…the VMware software-defined datacenter story in a whiteboard. The whiteboard walks you through the evolution of datacenters…from basic virtualization (vSphere) to an optimized, application-centric, ultra efficient, highly automated and governed SDDC

Rating: 5/5


Oct 15

SDDC Discovery Tool

SDDC Tool

SDDC Discovery Tool

The SDDC Discovery Tool gives users a holistic view of their SDDC deployment. By collecting vCenter server credentials from the user, the tool is able to discover all of the products installed in the deployment by recursive probing. How does it work? It performs multiple levels of probing starting with vCenter server to discover registered products, and then subsequently probes each of those products recursively to gather as much information as possible. Upon successful discovery the results are presented to the user in an appealing and easy to consume list and topological views.

Benefits

Any customer who would like to see the complete picture of all the products installed in their deployment or get specific product information like version, IP address, VM name etc., can use this tool. The tool persists all the discovery results so that the user can see what has changed in their deployment over a period of time. Users can also toggle between ‘VC view’ which shows what products are managed by what product and ‘Host view’, which shows which host each of the products is running on.

Known Issues

  • The PSC’s hosted in the environment are discovered but the vCenter Server and PSC relationship is not computed hence the relationships of VC <-> PSC might not be accurate.
  • The tool doesn’t consume vCenter Server Extension APIs hence it doesn’t detect any 3rd Party solutions managed by the vCenter Server.
SDDC Discovery Tool

SDDC Discovery Tool

Requirements

  • Any standard system running Windows, Mac OS or Linux.
  • Any modern web browser (tested with Chrome and Firefox). NOTE: minimum browser window size of 1024 X 768 is recommended.
  • Access to a vCenter server 5.0 or above to initiate discovery.

Instructions

    1. Download the appropriate Windows, Mac OS or Linux sddc_discovery_1.0.zip deliverable.
    2. Extract the contents by unzipping the package.
    3. Start the app server as below:

      Windows:
      – Double click the sddc_discovery.exe executable file in the extracted folder to start the server
      Linux and Mac:
      – Navigate to the extracted directory and execute the command “./install.run” to start the server

    4. At this point the server is started and the application should be accessible on 127.0.0.1:XXXX (typically 1024). The Windows machine should directly launch the application on the browser whereas Mac and Linux users may have to manually navigate to 127.0.0.1:XXXX to launch the application. NOTE: The terminal where the server was started should output the url where the application is accessible.
    5. Once EULA is accepted, users will be navigated to the dashboard page. Typically the table is empty as no discoveries have been performed yet.
    6. Navigate to the discovery page and trigger discovery by providing VC credentials that need to be probed.
    7. Upon successful discovery, the user is navigated to summary page where all the discovery results are presented.
    8. All the successful and failed discoveries are persisted and are shown on the dashboard page.

SDDC Discovery Tools

SDDC Discovery Tools

Download

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Rating: 5/5


Oct 06

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 Release Notes

Updated on: 06 OCT 2016

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 | 29 SEP 2016

What’s in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

  • About VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0
  • VMware Software Components in the Validated Design
  • What’s New
  • Internationalization
  • Compatibility
  • Installation
  • Caveats and Limitations
  • Known Issues

About VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0

VMware Validated Designs provide 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 Designs are 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 the VMware Validated Designs. 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 for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 is based on a set of individual VMware products with different versions that are available in a common downloadable package.
VMware Group and Edition

VMware makes available patches and releases to address critical security issues for several products. Verify that you are using the latest security patches for a given component when deploying VMware Validated Design.

What’s New

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 provides the following new features:

  • Simplified 2-pod design that reduces the minimal hardware requirements for deploying the SDDC
  • Updated Bill of Materials that incorporates all new product versions
  • Implementation guides for deploying dual-region SDDC that supports disaster recovery
  • CertGenVVD tool that automates the generation of CA-signed certificates

For more information, see the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 page.

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 for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0, 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 for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 documentation. For product download information, and guides download, see the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 page.

Caveats and Limitations

To install vRealize Automation, you must open certain ports in the Windows firewall. This VMware Validated Design instructs that you disable the Windows firewall before you install vRealize Automation. It is possible to keep Windows firewall active and install vRealize Automation by opening only the ports that are required for the installation. This process is described in the vRealize Automation Installation and Configuration documentation.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

  • vCenter Server
  • vRealize Automation
  • vRealize Orchestrator
  • Virtual SAN
  • vRealize Operations Manager
  • vSphere Data Protection

For more information, see the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 Release Notes.

Rating: 5/5


Sep 29

VMware Validated Designs 3.0 Documentation

Release 3.0.2 | 15 Nov 2016
Release 3.0 | 29 Sep 2016

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center

Release Notes

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 Release Notes
VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 Release Notes

Achitecture, Planning, and Deployment Documentation

Operations Documentation

VMware Validated Design for Micro-Segmentation

Achitecture and Planning Documentation

Rating: 5/5


Aug 30

VMware Validated Design for SDDC – Cloud Operations with vRealize Log Insight Demo

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC is a blueprint for the private cloud that results in an SDDC that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. VMware vRealize Log Insight provides centralized log aggregation and log analytics. It increases the operational visibility, facilitates troubleshooting and root cause analysis in the SDDC. In this video, we will review the configuration of vRealize Log Insight, based on this comprehensive SDDC architecture. Learn more about VMware Validated Designs at www.vmware.com/go/vvd or follow updates on Twitter @VMwareSDDC.

Rating: 5/5


Aug 30

VMware Validated Design for SDDC – Cloud Management and Automation with vRealize Automation Demo

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC is a blueprint for the private cloud that results in an SDDC that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. VMware vRealize Automation provides the Service Catalog and self-service portal for the Software-Defined Data Center. In this video, we will review the deployment and configuration of vRealize Automation based on this comprehensive SDDC architecture. Learn more about VMware Validated Designs at www.vmware.com/go/vvd or follow updates on Twitter @VMwareSDDC.

Rating: 5/5