VMware VVD 5.0 – BOM

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VMware VVD 4.2 – BOM
VMware VVD 4.3 – BOM

VMware Validated Design 5.0

The following is a list of all the components and their versions as per VMware Validated Design 5.0.

This new VVD 5.0 release includes for example vSphere 6.7 U1, NSX 6.4.4, vSAN 6.7 U1, vRealize Log Insight 4.7, vRealize Business 7.5, vRealize Operations 7.0 and vRealize Automation 7.5.

Note: the list below can be officially found @VMware VVD 5.0 Release Notes

‘vRealize Lifecycle Manager v1.2’ (vRSLCM) was introduced with VVD 4.3, as per VVD 5.0 vRSLCM 2.0.0 Patch2 is the latest certified version. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) v2.0 is a centralized way to manage the vRealize suite of products from a single pane of glass, allowing users to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, content management, integrated market place, upgrades, patching, certificate management, support matrix lookup among other admin tasks.. more details can be found here on the What’s New video for vRSLCM 2.0.

In terms of ‘Whats New’ the biggest addition in this release is the introduction of VMware Cloud Builder (an automation tool leveraged to deploy the SDDC stack, such as the vRealize suite, vSphere, NSX and vSAN) and talking from experience this will save you ALOT of manual effort in terms of deploying the SDDC stack. Cloud Builder essentially cuts for example the Standard Deployment for Region A implementation doc to ~80 pages from ~400! @LifeOfBrianOC has written an excellent series of blog posts detailing VVD Cloudbuilder deployment process: VMware Validated Designs – Automated Deployment with Cloudbuilder

Product Group and Edition Product Name Product Version
VMware Validated Design VMware Cloud Builder 1.0
VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus ESXi 6.7 Update 1
vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 Update 1
vSphere Update Manager 6.7 Update 1
vSphere Replication 8.1.1
VMware vSAN Standard or higher vSAN 6.7 Update 1
VMware NSX Data Center Advanced or higher NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.4
VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.0.0 Patch 2
VMware vRealize Operations Manager Advanced or higher vRealize Operations Manager 7.0
vRealize Operations Management Pack for NSX for vSphere 3.5.2
vRealize Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices 7.0.0
vRealize Operations Management Pack for Site Recovery Manager 8.1.1
VMware vRealize Log Insight vRealize Log Insight 4.7
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX for vSphere 3.8
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Automation 7.3+ 2.1
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1+ 2.0
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Business 1.3
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Linux 1.0
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Site Recovery Manager 1.7
VMware vRealize Automation Advanced or higher vRealize Automation 7.5
VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Advanced vRealize Business for Cloud 7.5
VMware Site Recovery Manager Enterprise Site Recovery Manager 8.1.1

In terms of security this is a key point to note as per the VVD release notes:

“VMware makes available patches and releases to address critical security issues for several products. Verify that you are using the latest security patches for a given component when deploying VMware Validated Design.”

VMware Validated Designs Community:
https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vvd

VVD Quick References:
http://vmwa.re/vvd

Map of VMware Validated Design Documentation:
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Validated-Design/services/documentation-map/GUID-EE7CF703-7DE5-4478-9AEF-98F51812465D.html

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