New Product Lifecycle Matrix from VMware

VMware has released a new Product Lifecycle Matrix website so that we can check the validity of all the software from VMware like General Availability, End of General Support, End of Availability etc in one page.

Previously, this was a tedious process to check the end of support cycle for some of the VMware products, but now its all in one place !!

The link is —

https://lifecycle.vmware.com/#/

You can even filter by Product or Filter on any of the columns on the site.

This website can definitely help the Virtual Administrator to check for End of Life/End of mainstream support in their environments.

Visio Diagrams for VMware Validated Design for SDDC 6.0

Looks like the new Visio diagrams and Stencils for VMware SDDC 6.0 are out at communities.vmware.com and created by the author Gary JBlake.

The link to download the diagrams is below:

https://communities.vmware.com/t5/Documents/Visio-Diagrams-for-VMware-Validated-Design-for-SDDC-6-0/ta-p/2782683

This has been referenced from communities.vmware.com forum under VMTN > SDDC > VMware Validated Designs > Validated Designs for SDDC 6.x > Documents

https://communities.vmware.com/t5/Documents/Visio-Diagrams-for-VMware-Validated-Design-for-SDDC-6-0/ta-p/2782683

VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) API Reference Guides

Here is the direct link to the API Reference Guide for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF)

https://vdc-download.vmware.com/vmwb-repository/dcr-public/2d4955d7-fb6f-4a61-be78-64d95b951ccd/c6e26ae1-9438-4da0-bfc7-2e21d9046820/index.html#_overview

This is the Generic API Reference Guide for VCF instead of being Version Centric.

For Version Centric API Guides

VCF 3.10 API Reference Guide

VCF 4.0 API Reference Guide

VCF 4.1 API Reference Guide

NOTE: These Reference Guides and their versions are for NON VXRAIL implementations. They are valid for Regular VCF Implementation with VSAN Ready nodes.

VRSLCM 2.1 Deploy Option Greyed Out in VCF 3.10.x

I recently came across an issue where the vRealize Life Cycle Manager 2.1 has the Deploy option greyed out in SDDC Manager in VCF 3.10.x and the issue looks like the screenshot below:

The issue happened as we were using VLAN Backed Network for vRealize products instead of AVN in this version of VCF

The solution is as follows:

Log in to SDDC Manager by using a secure shell (SSH) client, use the account vcf to login into SSH session
Type su to elevate to root and enter the root_password.
Enter the following and press enter.

cd /home/vcf
echo "feature.vrealize.enable.non.avn.deployments=true" >> feature.properties
chown vcf:vcf feature.properties
chmod 644 feature.properties
/opt/vmware/vcf/operationsmanager/scripts/cli/sddcmanager_restart_services.sh

When prompted enter Y to confirm.​​​​​​​ vRealize Suite deployments using SDDC Manager will now be deployed to VLAN backed networks

This is taken from the VMware KB Article https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/79267

Hope this helps if you are using VLAN Backed Network for vRealize Components when deploying a new VCF 3.10.x version in your environment.

VRA 7.6 with VCF 3.10.x SDDC Manager AD Error

I have recently come across an issue in our new VCF 3.10.x build that when we try to deploy the VRA using SDDC Manager, we get an error that the AD Account we have provided can’t validate with the Domain.

The warning is as shown in the picture below:

Note That I had to change a few details and also blur some details from my environment due to privacy reasons.

The Error basically states that VRA is not able to communicate to my domain lab.com with the service account lab\svc_vra_adm because it is trying to contact test.lab.com instead of lab.com Domain

test.lab.com is a DNS Zone in our actual root Domain lab.com and all our VRA Appliances have the host records added to test.lab.com instead of the root domain.

After multiple tries and VMware support, we got to know that VRA (7.x and 8.x) doesn’t support explicit identification of the Active Directory domain name. The kb article which mentions this issue is

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/59128

The Solution is to make sure that the host records of your VRA is the same as your ‘ActualDomain, in this case lab.com and then retry the validation using the SDDC Manager with the same service account lab\svc_vra_adm

This time, the validation should pass.