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 and created by the author Gary JBlake.

The link to download the diagrams is below:

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

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" >>
chown vcf:vcf
chmod 644

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

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 with the service account lab\svc_vra_adm because it is trying to contact instead of Domain is a DNS Zone in our actual root Domain and all our VRA Appliances have the host records added to 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

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

This time, the validation should pass.

VMware Cloud Foundation Upgrade

Hello All,

This post shows how to Upgrade VMware Cloud Foundation v2.2.x to 2.2.x.

NOTE: This is a pretty old version of VMware Cloud Foundation we have in our Test environment as we are preparing it for an upgrade before we do it on our production environment.

The current version of VMware Cloud foundation is 3.5 (As of 03/11/2019)

First, we will login into the SDDC Manager Web UI

SDDC Main Page

The above screen is the main page once you login into SDDC Manager

SDDC System Status Page

On the left hand side, you need to click on Life Cycle Manager to check for your upgrade options and to actually perform the upgrade of all the components in the SDDC.

SDDC Life Cycle Manager

Select the Upgrade available and you want to go to and click “UPDATE”

Select the Target (In this case its the DataCenter Work Domain) and click Next

Update Scheduler

Select the Date and Time you want the schedule to start and click Next

Update Scheduler final selection to continue

Select the option “SCHEDULE UPDATE” to schedule the update of all the components.

Update Progress

In the next window, you can see the update progress. You can expand the Update option to see the actual status of the update.

View Update Details

After clicking on View Update Details option, you expand on the next screen to see the hosts/objects you are upgrading using the SDDC Manager (In this case I was upgrading the esxi hosts)

Check the Status of the Objects

Final Screenshot shows that the upgrade is complete. It generally takes a few hours depending on how many nodes are present in the cluster.

Upgrade Complete

This concludes on how to Upgrade VMware Cloud Foundation. More posts to follow soon.