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
- 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 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 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.
This VMware Validated Design release is available only in English.
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.
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.
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.