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VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1 Released with some great news for Customers

Great to see how VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) is growing rapidly and helping thousands of customers to offer all the benefits of public cloud, in an on-premises deployment. Helping customers to have unified architecture across On-prem or Public Cloud in their Multi Cloud journey.

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 Released last month with multiple  enhancements, which customers was waiting for.  For more details pls refer VCF 4.3 Release Notes :-  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-Foundation/4.3/rn/VMware-Cloud-Foundation-43-Release-Notes.html 

Shout Out to #VMware and #VCF Team for releasing 4.3.1 within a month with one of the most exciting  and awaited support for in-place migration from VMware Cloud Foundation 3.10.1.2+ to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1.

I know many customers was waiting for this in-place migration to move from VCF 3.9/3.10.X to latest and greatest VCF version to have full capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation.

Another fantastic news is to see updated Bill of Materials (BOM) with new product versions in VCF 4.3.1 to match with VMware product release cycle to include latest and greatest for customers.  To know more details and BOM pls refer VCF 4.3.1 Release Notes :- https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-Foundation/4.3.1/rn/VMware-Cloud-Foundation-431-Release-Notes.html 

Time to act now, Customers can start planning and engage the VMware Professional Service Organization (PSO) to perform an assessment for a potential in-place migration from VMware Cloud Foundation 3.10.1.2+ releases to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1. Contact your sales and channel teams for guidance on choosing the best method for migrating your environment to VCF 4.3.1.

Thank you !!

 

What VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) Brings on table for enterprise

VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) provides a ubiquitous hybrid cloud platform which helps enterprise to get all the benefits of a modern private/Hybrid cloud based on proven VMware Software-Defined Data Center architecture. VCF Hybrid cloud platform is the best infrastructure to host both your traditional as well as your cloud native applications.

Here are some key benefits VCF brings on the table for enterprise – 

  1.  VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) provides consistent, repeatable,   standardized Infrastructure. Which helps customer to reduces   complexity and support resolution times.

2.  VCF provides advanced automation that reduces errors and risk in              many common tasks performed during Day 0 to Day 2.

3.  VMware Cloud Foundation has an automated deployment process,              which deploys a standardized workload-ready private/Hybrid                        cloud in a matter of hours.

4.  VCF uses standardized building blocks with automation means                       customer can easily scale capacity when it is needed, non disruptively.

5.  These benefits go beyond the initial deployment and that’s because             Cloud Foundation makes it easy to stay up-to-date with security                    patches and software updates.

6.  VCF With VMware Tanzu integration architecture, all these benefits           are extended to modern applications allowing developers to deliver             and easily maintain developer-ready infrastructure.

7.  VCF with  agile, reliable, efficient cloud infrastructure that offers                  consistent operations across private and public clouds.

These benefits brings enterprise to have Modern Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) based on VMware Validated Architecture, which is Agile, Reliable, Efficient cloud infrastructure that offers consistent operations across private and public clouds. To explore more about VCF, Pls refer to https://docs.vmware.com or connect with VMware Sales.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Tanzu CLI Installation – Part 5

In the Previous post, we discussed abut VMWARE TANZU KUBERNETES GRID (TKG) ARCHITECTURE.

In this post (VMWARE TANZU KUBERNETES GRID (TKG) CLI INSTALLATION – PART 5) we are going to discuss how to install and initialize the Tanzu command line interface (CLI) on a
bootstrap machine.  As discussed in one of my previous post about bootstrapping.  Bootstrap machine is server or client machine that you use to deploy management and workload clusters from. Once the Tanzu CLI is installed, we can start deploying Tanzu Kubernetes Grid using the Tanzu CLI to create management cluster on the platform  that you use.  And later The Tanzu CLI then communicates with the management cluster to create and manage workload clusters for Day 2 prospective.

VMware supports Tanzu CLI binaries for Linux, MacOS, and Windows systems, which can be downloaded from VMware Product Download (https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/downloads/#all_products) site. 

Download Tanzu CLI and kubectl

  1. Go to https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/downloads/#all_products  and log in with your My VMware credentials, which must have permission to download binaries.
  2. Go to All Downloads -> Infrastructure & Operations Management -> VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid -> Click Download Product.

3.  Under Download VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Page -> Select VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid -> and Click GO TO DOWNLOADS.

4. Select the correct VMware Tanzu CLI Version and Platform on which you want to install. (In my case, I am downloading VMware Tanzu CLI for Windows). And Click Download Now.

5. Go to the Kubectl 1.20.5 for VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 1.3.1 section of the download page. And Select the correct platform and version of Kubectl to install. (In my case, I am downloading kubectl cluster cli v1.20.5 for Windows). And Click Download Now.

6. On the system, where you want to install Tanzu command line interface (CLI) and Kubectl, create a new directory named tanzu.

7. Copy the downloaded binaries to tanzu folder and Unpack them using
tar -xvf command.

After you unpack the binaries, you will see a cli folder with multiple
subfolders and files.

8. Unzip the kubectl binary file from kubectl-windows-v1.20.5-vmware.1.exe.gz

Install the Tanzu CLI

Now we are ready to Install the Tanzu CLI.  I am going to install this on Windows Server, If you need to install on Linux or MacOS. Please refer the VMware document how to install on Linux / MacOS.

  1. Create a new folder under Program Files\Tanzu.
  2. copy the core\v1.3.0\tanzu-corewindows_
    amd64.exe file from CLI folder into the new Program Files\tanzu folder.

3.  Just to simplify, rename the tanzu-core-windows_amd64.exe to tanzu.exe.

4. Make sure you have Full Control permission on tanzu folder.

5. Now set Environment Variables for Tanzu CLI.

6. run tanzu version to check that the correct version of the CLI is properly installed.

7. After we have installed the tanzu core executable, must install the CLI plugins related to Tanzu Kubernetes cluster management and feature operations.

8. Navigate to the tanzu folder that contains the cli folder and Run the below command from the tanzu directory to install all the plugins.

  • tanzu plugin install –local cli all
  • tanzu plugin list

you can see list of all installed plugins as showing below.

Now let’s install kubectl compatible with the Tanzu CLI.

  1. Navigate to the folder where we have downloaded for kubectl executable.
  2. Just to simplify, rename the kubectl-windows-v1.20.5-vmware.1.exe to kubectl.exe.
  3. Run the below command to check the installed kubectl version
  • kubectl version

With the Tanzu CLI installed, we are ready to set up and use bootstrap machine to deploy Kubernetes clusters to on-premises infrastructure (vSphere) or running on Public Cloud (Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure).

That’s all about Installing Tanzu CLI and kubectl, In the next post will discuss about how to deploy management clusters (VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Deploy Management Cluster – Part 6). Stay tuned for next post.

Hope this will be informative. Happy learning and happy sharing 🙂 

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Architecture – Part 4

In the last Part VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Bootstrap– PART3  discussed about Bootstrapping for TKG cluster. 

In this Part 4 will be discussing about TKG Architecture and then will jump on how to install and initialize the Tanzu command line interface (CLI) on a bootstrap machine.

In nutshell, VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) provides customers with a consistent Kubernetes environments that is ready for end-user workloads and ecosystem integrations. Customer have option to deploy Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) across software-defined datacenters (SDDC) On Premises and public cloud environments, including vSphere, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon EC2.

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Architecture

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) delivers a Kubernetes platform that is engineered and supported by VMware, so that you do not have to
build your Kubernetes environment by yourself.

In addition to Kubernetes binaries that are tested, signed, and supported by VMware, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid provides the services such as networking, authentication, ingress control, and logging that a production Kubernetes environment requires. 

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) is an implementation of several open-source projects tested and supported by VMware to provide automated provisioning and lifecycle management of Kubernetes clusters.

These include:

  • Declarative API 
  • Networking with Antrea and Calico
  • Ingress Control with Contour
  • Log Forwarding with Fluentbit
  • Harbor Registry
  • User Authentication with Pinniped
  • Load Balancing with VMware NSX Advanced LB (AVI Networks)
  • Backup and Restore with Velero

TKG Architecture design and deployment includes –

  1. Management Cluster 
  2. Tanzu Kubernetes (Workload) Cluster 
  3. Bootstrap Machine running Tanzu CLI

Management Cluster

Management cluster is the first element that you design and deploy when you create a Tanzu Kubernetes Grid instance. The management cluster performs the role of the primary management and operational center for the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid instance. This is
where Cluster API runs to create the Tanzu Kubernetes clusters in which your application workloads run, and where you configure the shared and in-cluster services that the clusters use.

When you deploy a management cluster, networking with Antrea is automatically enabled in the management cluster. The management cluster is responsible for operating the platform and
managing the lifecycle of Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. 

Tanzu Kubernetes (Workload) Clusters
Once management cluster is ready, we deploy Kubernetes clusters that handle your application workloads, that you manage
through the management cluster. Tanzu Kubernetes clusters can run different versions of Kubernetes, depending on the needs of the applications you run. You can manage the entire
lifecycle of Tanzu Kubernetes clusters by using the Tanzu CLI.

Tanzu Kubernetes clusters implement Antrea for pod-to-pod networking by default.

Bootstrap Machine running Tanzu CLI

The bootstrap machine is the host that you use to deploy
management and workload clusters from, and that keeps the Tanzu and Kubernetes configuration files for your deployments. 

That’s all about TKG architecture, will discuss more about Installation of TKG CLI in VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Tanzu CLI Installation – Part 5. Stay tuned for next part.

Hope this will be informative. Happy learning and happy sharing 🙂 

#3 – Virtual Webinar – vRealize Suite on VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF)

Once again Thank you everyone for joining  #3 – Virtual Webinar – vRealize Suite on VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) Architecture and Deployment Tech Deep Dive.

Here is recording for same :- 

 

This has been also shared at Virtual Cloud Solutions by Roshan Jha

Hope this will be informative and useful for many of you. Stay Tuned for #4 – Virtual Webinar – Topic and Date.  Keep sharing 🙂

 

Getting Started with Vmware Tanzu Portfolio – Part1

Last few months I have been learning about Cloud Native Applications and how VMware Tanzu Portfolio helping thousands of customers around the world to build and run modern application on their existing private cloud running on VMware software defined data center (SDDC). 

Customers are looking for one stop shop to run Traditional Enterprise Apps and Cloud Native Apps on one platform, customer wants to limit CapEx and OpEx  to have single infrastructure which can support to run both modern and traditional applications, and want to focus more on application modernization and business development which helps them to generate more revenue.

This is where VMware Tanzu Portfolio helps to have one infrastructure where customer can run Traditional Enterprise Apps and Cloud Native Apps side by side. Which gives freedom and visibility to software developers and IT operations with the goal of delivering high-quality software that solves business challenges.

How do you build and run cloud native applications?

Whenever we talk or discuss about cloud native application, these are few important terms come into mind, let’s briefly discuss about these terms –

Microservices – Microservices is an architectural approach to developing an application. The microservices approach is the opposite of traditional monolithic software which consists of tightly integrated modules as a single unit. microservices have become popular with companies that need greater agility and scalability for their application.

Microservices characteristics and operations are :

  • A collection of small services where each service implements business capabilities
  • Runs in its own process and communicates via an HTTP API
  • Can be deployed, upgraded, scaled, and restarted independent of other services in the application

Containers – Container is a standard unit of software that packages up code and all its dependencies so the application runs quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another. Containers offer both efficiency and speed compared with standard virtual machines (VMs). Using operating-system-level virtualization, a single OS instance is dynamically divided among one or more isolated containers, each with a unique writable file system and resource quota. The low overhead of creating and destroying containers combined with the high packing density in a single VM makes containers an ideal compute vehicle for deploying individual microservices.

The most popular container is Docker, A Docker container image is a lightweight, standalone, executable package of software that includes everything needed to run an application: code, runtime, system tools, system libraries and settings.

VMware Tanzu Portfolio

The goal of the VMware Tanzu portfolio is to provide a modern application platform, which helps customer to transform business, not just IT. VMware Tanzu can run on vSphere with Tanzu, vSphere, Public cloud and Edge environments. Edge refers to branch offices or remote locations outside of data center.

VMware Tanzu portfolio products provides complete end to end solutions for customers to RUN and MANAGE their cloud native applications.

Under Tanzu RUN, VMware provide following products for complete Kubernetes life cycle management (LCM):

  • VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid
  • VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition (Formerly known as Enterprise PKS)
  • VMware vSphere with Tanzu

Under Tanzu Manage, VMware provides VMware Tanzu Mission Control, which Provides a centralized management platform for consistently operating and securing your Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications running across multiple clouds. In nutshell, it provides unified managements for all the Kubernetes infrastructure, whether running on-prem, public cloud or running in multi public clouds environments.

What is Kubernetes and why do we need Kubernetes?

When running containers at scale in production – thousands of containers across your enterprise—things get complex and out of reach for developers or DevOps team to manage them efficiently. In such environments you must have unified and centralized ways to automate the deployment and management of all those containers. This is where we need orchestration engine for container.

Kubernetes, is the industry-standard for container management and provides orchestration engine for container, Kubernetes streamline container orchestration to avoid the complexities of interdependent system architectures. 

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid is CNCF-certified, enterprise ready Kubernetes runtime solution to streamlines and simplify installation and Day 2 operations of Kubernetes across enterprise. It is tightly integrated with vSphere and can be extended to run with consistency across your public cloud and edge environments.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid is a multi cloud Kubernetes distribution that you can run on, VMware vSphere  and Amazon Web Services. TKG are tested, signed, and supported by VMware. VMware TKG Includes signed and supported versions of open-source applications to provide the networking, authentication, ingress control, and logging services that a production Kubernetes environment requires.

For more details pls visit VMware Tanzu documentation site – https://tanzu.vmware.com/ or https://docs.pivotal.io/

Will leave here in this post, In VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) – PART2 will discuss more on TKG architecture.

Stay tunned, Keep learing and keep sharing 🙂

 

 

 

Getting STARTED with VMWARE INTEGRATED OPENSTACK (VIO) – PART 2

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is an OpenStack distribution that is built and tested by VMware. VIO is compliant with the OpenStack Foundation guidelines for an OpenStack distribution and is API-compatible for all OpenStack services running on enterprise level virtual infrastructure.VMware ensures platform stability by rigorous testing and ensuring interoperability. VIO leverages vSphere, NSX, and storage functionality as core of infrastructure. VMware places priority on packing OpenStack core projects in the most stable manner through relentless testing (functional and interoperability).

VMware Integrated OpenStack provides the following key features:
• Fastest deployment with simple installation using an OVA file
• Simplified operations through API and web interface
• Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Storage DRS for workload    rebalancing and datastore load balancing
• vSphere high availability (HA) to protect and automatically restart workloads
• In-house expertise and skillset with existing vSphere technology
• Runs on the proven VMware software-defined data center
• Production-ready container management that is natively integrated by using VMware capabilities.

• Advanced networking functionality through NSX 

• Integration with vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight for greater performance and capacity management, Alerting and troubleshooting.  
• Trusted and single vendor for infrastructure and OpenStack
• Compliant with the OpenStack Foundation’s 2019.11 interoperability guideline

OpenStack Model

The OpenStack model is comprised of core projects and supplement projects. In addition to the core OpenStack projects, customer can choose supplement projects for additional services and functionality based on their requirements.

VMware Integrated OpenStack Components

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is made by two main building blocks, first the VIO Manager and second OpenStack components. VIO is packaged as an OVA file that contains the VIO Manager server and an Ubuntu Linux virtual machine to be used as the template for the different OpenStack components.

VMware Integrated OpenStack is designed to run over vSphere and NSX-T Data Center, leveraging existing virtualization functionality to provide security, stability, performance, and reliability.

Plug-in drivers are available in Nova for interaction with vCenter Server  and in Neutron to interact with NSX-T Data Center (or vSphere Distributed Switch). Glance and Cinder interact with storage through the vCenter Server system and the OpenStack plug-in driver.

VMware Integrated OpenStack and the VMware SDDC Integration 

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) provides full-stack integration with VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), which provides customer to have one-stop-shop enterprise grade OpenStack solutions.

Stay tuned for VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) – PART 3, In Part 3 will discuss more on VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) Deployment !!

 

VCF 4.X – NSX-T Manager Sizing for VI Workload Domain (WLD) – Default Size is LARGE

I got interesting  question today related to NSX-T Manager sizing for VI Workload Domain (WLD), While bring up management domain, there is an option in Bring-up sheet to choose size of the NSX-T Manager.

But when we deploy VI Workload Domain (WLD) there is no option to choose NSX-T Manager Size (It will only ask for NSX-T manager name and IP details). And By Default 3 Large Size NSX-T Managers will be deployed.

If you require to deploy Medium size NSX-T Manager for VI Workload Domain (WLD), Here are steps to perform on SDDC Manager before deploying VI Workload Domain (WLD) :-

If You have already deployed VI Workload Domain (WLD) and want to change the NSX- T manager size after deployment for VI Workload Domain (WLD), you can follow the VMware NSX Docs:

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX-T-Data-Center/3.0/administration/GUID-B1B0CB39-7C51-410D-A964-C03D99E39C19.html

Hope this will help and Keep sharing the knowledge!

 

Why VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) – Part 1

Time to move out from comfort zone, explore and deep dive into OpenStack, Specially VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO), vSphere with Kubernetes, VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG), and VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated (TKGI) (formerly known as VMware Enterprise PKS).

Let’s Start with VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO)?

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is a VMware supported enterprise grade OpenStack distribution that makes it easy to run OpenStack cloud on top of VMware virtualization technologies. With VIO, customers can rapidly build production-grade private and public OpenStack clouds on top of VMware technologies, leveraging their existing VMware investment and expertise.

VMware Integrated OpenStack is ideal for many different use cases, including building a IaaS platform, providing standard, OpenStack API access to developers, leveraging edge computing and deploying NFV services on OpenStack.

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) can be deployed and run on your existing vSphere, NSX-T, and vSAN and simplify operations and offering better performance and stability.

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) Architecture

The VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) connects vSphere resources to the OpenStack Compute, Networking, Block Storage, Image Service, Identity Service, and Orchestration components.

VMware Integrated OpenStack is design and implemented as separate management and compute clusters. The management cluster contains OpenStack components and compute cluster runs tenant or application workloads.

VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) core components are :-

Nova (compute) – Compute clusters in vSphere are used as Nova compute nodes. Nova Provides a way to provision compute instances (aka virtual servers) in these clusters.

Neutron (networking) – Neutron allows you to create and attach network interface devices managed by OpenStack. Neutron provides networking functions by communicating with the NSX Manager (for
NSX-T Data Center deployment) or with vCenter Server (for VDS-only deployments).

Cinder (block storage) – Cinder designed to create and manage a service that provides persistent data storage to applications. Cinder executes block volume operations through the VMDK driver, causing the desired
volumes to be created in vSphere.

Glance (image service) – Glance enables users to discover, register, and retrieve virtual machine images through the Image service in a variety of locations, from simple file systems to object-storage systems  like OpenStack Object Storage. Glance images are stored and cached in a dedicated image service datastore when the virtual machines that use them are booted.

Keystone (identity management) – Authentication and authorization in OpenStack are managed by Keystone.

Heat (orchestration) – Heat provides orchestration service to orchestrate composite cloud applications through an OpenStack API call.

Ceilometer (telemetry) – Telemetry collect data on the utilization of the physical and virtual resources comprising deployed clouds, persist these data for subsequent retrieval and analysis, and trigger actions when defined criteria are met.

VMware also provides simplified OpenStack operations with vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) integrations for performance monitoring, capacity planning and troubleshooting. And vRealize Log Insight (vRLI) for diagnostics across OpenStack service logs.

Stay tuned for VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) – PART 2 !!

 

VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.1 – What’s new?

Last week was big release week from VMware prospective, where VMware released vSphere 7 Update 1, vSAN 7 Update 1, and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.1. There are some nice new enhancements with VCF 4.1. In this post, I’ll highlight the big features which customers and architects were looking  with upcoming release.

Rename Objects
With VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1, you can now rename domains, clusters, as well as network pools. Domain and Network Pool objects can be renamed from SDDC Manager UI. And Cluster objects can be renamed from vCenter Server. Once you do, you can go back to the SDDC Manager and refresh the UI, the new cluster name will be retrieved by the SDDC Manager.

SDDC Manager Backup Enhancements
With this release of VCF 4.1 backup can be scheduled on a reoccurring basis, Now customer can enable backup state change and SDDC manager backup will occur 10 minutes after the successful completion of the event, such as the creation of a workload domain.

Support for vVols as a Principal Storage for Workload Domains          With Cloud Foundation 4.1, vVols can now be used for principle storage for workload domains and secondary storage for both management domain as well as workload domains.

If you want to read in details about vVols, please refer blog written by Cormac Hogan (Director and Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO in the Cloud Platform Business Unit (CPBU) at VMwarehttps://cormachogan.com/2015/02/17/vsphere-6-0-storage-features-part-5-virtual-volumes/

Support for Remote Clusters (Extends VCF at the Remote/Edge)         We continue to see growing demands of Remote or Edge sites, where customer wants to have small infra footprint at remote or edge sites, but wanted to have automated deployment and lifecycle management as unified management.

With release of VCF 4.1, Support for remote clusters will be a minimum of 3 nodes and maximum of 4 nodes vSAN Ready Node configuration. Remote clusters can be implemented in two different design. The first is when each remote site is managed as a separate workload domain. In this design, each remote site has a dedicated vCenter Server instance. The second  is when each remote site is managed as a cluster within a single workload domain. In this design, each remote site shares a single vCenter Server instance. Day 2 operations (such as lifecycle management, adding and removing clusters) can be performed centrally from the data center to the remote sites. 

Improved Lifecycle Management (VCF Upgrade Process)                              In previous editions of VCF, the upgrade process was sequential in nature. For example, if you started at Cloud Foundation version 4.0, And you wanted to go to Cloud Foundation version 4.1, You had go through a process where you first upgraded to any versions that may existed in-between and eventually upgrading to the desired version. This resulted in the need to schedule multiple maintenance windows and took more time to get to the desired state.

Now with release of VCF 4.1 has ability to perform skip level upgrades for the SDDC Manager. With this feature, you can schedule a single maintenance window and update to the desired state in a single action. This can result in a reduction in the time needed to perform the upgrades.

vRealize Suite for VCF                                                                                                     With Cloud Foundation 4.1, VCF now deploys a ‘VCF Aware’ vRSLCM appliance. First enhancement is no need to manually download and deploy vRSLCM. Once you have management domain bring up done and SDDC Manager up and running, you can initiate the installation of vRSLCM from SDDC Manager.

Now with VCF 4.1, there will be also bidirectional vRSLCM and SDDC Manager relationship. This will provide unified product experience. Users can log into vRSCLM to perform operations, and SDDC Manager can now discover if vRSLCM was used to deploy vRealize suite of products such as vRealize Automation (vRA), vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) and vRealize Log Insight (vRLI). This will ease the deployment for customers and any potential interoperability issues between vRSLCM and SDDC Manager.

Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) Integration 

With the release of VCF 4.1, HCX R143 now has native support for Cloud Foundation 4.1 with Converged Virtual Distributed Switches (CVDS). This will be extremely helpful for customers who have a need to migrate existing workloads to a new Cloud Foundation installation. 

Role-Based Access Control for VCF

A New VCF User Role – ‘viewer’

A new ‘view-only’ role has been added to VCF 4.1, In previous edition of  VCF had only 2 roles, Administrator and Operator. Now third role available called a ‘viewer’. As name suggest, with this view only role Users has no ability to create, delete, or modify objects. with this limited ‘view-only’ role assigned users may also see a message saying they are unauthorized to perform certain actions.

 

VCF Local Account

With VCF 4.1, Custer can have local account that can be used during a SSO failure.

What happens when the SSO domain is unavailable for some reason? In this case, the user would not be able to login. To address this, customers now can create VCF local account called admin@local. This account will allow to perform certain actions until the SSO domain is functional again.

This VCF local account can be defined in the deployment bring up worksheet. 

Summary

I tried to cover all the new enhancements with VCF 4.1 release, But always  refer official documentation for more and complete details :- https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-Foundation/index.html

 

 

#1 – TECHTALK – VSAN STANDARD AND STRETCH CLUSTER DESIGN AND DEPLOY DEEP DIVE WITH VCF

Hello There,                                                                                      

Join me for #1 – Virtual TECHTALK             

Register Now!!👇✅

#1 – TechTalk – vSAN Standard and Stretch Cluster Design and Deploy Deep Dive with VCF

Time: 16th September, Wednesday at 5-6 PM SGT ⏰

https://vmware.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8zrTPX7hTG-isQ5pzsUHhg

#vcf #vmware #vSAN #TechTalk

#1 – TechTalk – vSAN Standard and Stretch Cluster Design and Deploy Deep Dive With VCF

Hello There,

I am starting monthly TechTalk focusing SDDC based on VVD and VCF. In the very  First TechTalk series planning to Deep Dive on vSAN Standard and Stretch Cluster Design and Deploy with VCF.

#1 – TechTalk  – vSAN Standard and Stretch Cluster Design and Deploy   Deep Dive with VCF (16th September 2020 – 5-6 PM SGT)

Will share the Zoom meeting details later, Stay Tuned and Happy Learning!!

 

Accelerate your Private/Hybrid Cloud Journey With VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) – By Roshan Jha

Last week got invited to present in VMUG Delhi virtual webinar and 100+ participants had joined the session. Thank you #VMUG Delhi Team for invitation to share with the community from where started my journey #vmugdelhi #vmware #VMwareCloudFoundation #vcf