Operational Enhancements in VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.5

Together with the already introduced enhancements to vSphere DR and Migration and the set of Supplier-oriented options, VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.5 additionally brings some extra operational enhancements.

Some of the thrilling new options is the brand new restoration settings menu that provides a whole set of replication customizations based mostly on the VMware Cloud Director Visitor Customization settings.

Prior to now variations, customers may solely specify the community settings and the pc title. Now, all of the accessible Visitor Customization settings may be configured, akin to altering the pc title or SID, resetting the administrator password, becoming a member of a site, and even specifying a script to be executed on the recovered VM on the vacation spot web site for extra modifications. Setting the trail to the script will not be supported. As an alternative, the script code needs to be equipped. 

VCDA - Advanced Recovery Settings

Based mostly on the Visitor OS, the script needs to be a batch file for Home windows digital machines and a shell script for Unix digital machines. Examples may be discovered on this KB.

There’s additionally an choice to make use of the supply settings if the replication is carried out between two VMware Cloud Director clouds. It preserves the Visitor Customization properties of the supply VM.

You possibly can nonetheless outline completely different settings for testing and failover/migration. There’s additionally a replica button that you should use for copying the settings to the take a look at tab as a substitute of configuring them as soon as once more for the properties that you just want to be an identical.

VCDA - Copy GC Settings to Test

Along with the present VM placement coverage choice, in VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.5, a VM Sizing coverage may be chosen from the record of obtainable ones through the replication configuration wizard. 

The choices to select from are none for circumstances one shouldn’t be used, the default coverage for the group, or a selected one from the record of obtainable insurance policies.

VCDA - VM Sizing policy selection

Based mostly on the VM Sizing coverage, the recovered VM is allotted particular compute sources predefined by the Cloud Supplier.

One other new factor that’s launched by VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.5 is Function-Based mostly Entry Management. There are two new roles accessible in VMware Cloud Director for the Group Administrator to assign to the Group customers: View and Modify.

VCDA_MODIFY_RIGHT position grants administrative rights for all VMware Cloud Director Availability operations, much like the Group Administrator.

VCDA_READ_RIGHT position permits solely viewing however not enhancing the incoming/outgoing replications, their restoration settings, the peer websites, and so on.

To get began with the brand new roles, the System Administrator must create a brand new rights bundle that incorporates them and publish it to the related tenants.

Then, the Group Administrator can create new roles based mostly on these rights and assign them to customers.

VCDA - Roles in Right Bundle

Please take into account that assigning each VCDA_MODIFY_RIGHT and VCDA_READ_RIGHT roles to a consumer will allow read-write entry to VMware Cloud Director Availability for it. Assigning the Group Administrator position together with VCDA_READ_RIGHT will end in the identical. 

This instance reveals the distinction in viewing the Incoming Replications as a consumer with VCDA_MODIFY_RIGHT (or Group Administrator) position and a consumer with VCDA_READ_RIGHT position.


VCDA - Org Admin View


VCDA - View-only View

Such a view-only consumer may be utilized for monitoring or reviewing functions with out risking any adjustments to the replications and their settings. It is likely to be sensible for cloud suppliers who run a managed service on behalf of their tenants.

The System Well being view additionally acquired enhanced with some new details about the uptime of every service and equipment. It’s accessible for all cloud and on-premises home equipment.

VCDA - Service and Appliance Uptime

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