VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1 is now GA

We’re glad to announce that VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1 is now Usually Accessible as of December 8, 2022. With this announcement, we usher in some new options and improve some current ones.

Networking Updates

AVI Clear Load Balancing:

Clear Load Balancing has been added to VMware Cloud Director to shut a spot between Cloud Director backed by NSX-V and Cloud Director backed by NSX-T. The aim of Clear Load Balancing is to cross the IP deal with of the shopper to the true server. The method is designed to regulate the circulate of the info path such that each one communication from the shopper to the true server flows by means of the Load Balancer. When the digital service is created within the tenant portal, there may be an choice to protect the shopper’s IP deal with. To spherical out the clear load balancing characteristic, VMware Cloud Director now permits a wide range of actual service “teams” to be added to digital service. These embrace IP units and dynamic and static teams.

SEG tagging for monitoring

In 10.4.0, VCPP companions utilizing VCD ought to set up and configure NSXT ALB (AVI) with Enterprise Licensing. Chargers to Suppliers is not going to be primarily based on AVI licensing degree however on the supplier’s utilization of Premium or Commonplace characteristic units. VCD manages these characteristic units by means of a setting on the SEG indicating whether or not or not the SEG and any related gateway help Premium or Commonplace characteristic units. For this to work, the NSXT ALB (Avi) billing crew wants to find out service core consumption inside an SEG of a particular service degree. VCD will facilitate this by tagging the SEG’s VCD Service Degree inside AVI. 

A use case for automated assortment for UM 4.7 and VMware Chargeback.

IP Identify Area (Rolling updates)

In VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1, we have now launched an improved IP Tackle Administration service within the type of IP Identify Areas. IP Identify Areas is a brand new assemble supposed to supply a structured method to allocating Public and Non-public IP addresses throughout Organizations with a particular deal with the Supplier T0 Gateway. VMware Cloud Director IP namespace is designed to simplify the allocation and consumption of IP ranges and prefixes by stopping overlapping IP addresses throughout Organizations or Group VDCs.

IP Identify Areas provides tenant-level observability to the T0/VRF and, with that, the flexibility for the Service Supplier to produce allotted Public IP addresses to every group within the type of IP Prefixes (for networks) and IP Ranges for community providers. The allocation of Public IP addresses is backed by Service Supplier assigned quotas for every group. The tenant can devour Public IP addresses for Supplier T0/VRF interfaces till both the quota is reached or the availability has been exhausted. IP Names Areas could be named by the Service Supplier to point the geographic affinity of the Public IP prefixes (e.g. Public_West, Public_East) to information the tenant in making use of a given IP Identify Area to a regional digital knowledge heart.

Moreover, the tenant can use IP Identify Areas for personal addressing. The tenant can create non-public IP names to be used on Group VDC networks. There aren’t any quotas on non-public IP namespaces. IP Identify Areas will proceed to evolve throughout future releases of VCD to additional simplify the method of including tenant Organizations to VCD by automating a lot of the configuration of T0/VRF.

L2 options (Exterior Community to Edge)

Now you can join Exterior Networks backed by NSX-T segments to Edge Gateways.

Service Accounts Multisite Support

The service account now helps multisite. Be sure the location affiliation has been configured accurately and on the time of making a brand new person on website 2, ensure that to make use of the identical software program ID as of the service account on website 1.

Resolution Add-On Administration

VMware Cloud Director supplies quite a few extensibility mechanisms like UI plugins, Runtime-Outlined entities, API providers and so on. A lot of the options delivered as value-added providers in VCD encompass a number of extensibility parts. For instance, If we’re extending the VCD native UI with a UI plugin, we are going to more than likely have a backed service within the type of VM or containers. Normally, the deployment and configuration of an answer consisting of a number of handbook steps are vulnerable to human error.

The VCD extensibility SDK improves the supply and lifecycle of Resolution Add-Ons by offering a platform for constructing, packaging, putting in and configuring a number of extensibility parts. It delivers a one-click set up and configuration expertise on your entire resolution with no additional steps.

Remap Customers between Id Suppliers (Deprecation of Native Customers) (API solely)

Asserting depreciation of native customers in VMware Cloud Director. Nevertheless, native customers will nonetheless be supported as it’s for a minimum of 18+ months till the ultimate bulletins.

Native person migration to SAML, LDAP or OIDC is supported. Make sure the Id supplier (IDP) is configured and accessible inside the group. You have to migrate the customers throughout the Id suppliers utilizing API calls.

Usecase: Usually, native customers have been a part of VCD since VCD 1.0. They supply a fundamental system of storing usernames and passwords securely hashed in VCD. There aren’t any fashionable password administration insurance policies in place (e.g. password rotation, dimension or complexity necessities, lockout and unlock procedures, and so on.), no choice for 2FA/MFA, biometrics, and so on. So to beat these limitations, this venture was began.

New Branding & Theming Expertise

A totally new person interface the place suppliers can create, handle and assign themes for his or her tenants and the supplier portal. The UI supplies a stay preview of the Cloud Director portal’s look and feels when altering the theming, branding, hyperlinks and menus.

Please Observe:

  • The Branding & Theming is launched as an Alpha characteristic and must be enabled by suppliers. This motion will outcome within the default gentle theme being assigned for the supplier and throughout all organizations.
  • Migration of the themes created with the outdated branding APIs can be attainable.
New theme creation steps
A brand new theme utilized to one of many tenants.

Help for EFI boot and Safe Boot

Cloud Director permits the creation of a brand new VM with both BIOS or EFI boot firmware. If EFI is chosen, then, SecureBoot could be enabled. SecureBoot, together with EFI, supplies sturdy assurance that the firmware code is verified and trusted.

  • The safe Boot choice can solely be enabled on Digital Machines which have
    • EFI firmware
    • Digital {hardware} model 13 or later
    • The working system that helps UEFI safe boot.

Help for vSphere 8.0

VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1 brings help for vSphere 8.0.

Help for NSX 4.0.1

VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1 brings help for NSX 4.0.1.

UI Enhancements

  • Adjustments within the Networking steps when making a vApp from the template wizard
  • Present switch velocity for transferred objects when syncing a catalog
  • Present the general progress of duties within the Process Steps tab
  • Legacy Console Proxy is not accessible and doesn’t seem within the record of options beneath Characteristic Flags.

Common Updates

  • Open API Certificates Format Change
  • Embedded database upgraded to PostgreSQL 14
  • Improved Database Password Safety

Different Helpful Sources:

You possibly can obtain VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1 binaries from here.

To study extra about VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1, please use the next assets: Release notes, Product Documentation and the Web Page.

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