VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 on Dell VxRail 7.0.400 is now GA (Generally Available). The following is a list of all the components and their versions as per VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.

Note: the BOM below can be officially referenced in the Release Notes:

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.x on Dell VxRail Release Notes

VCF 4.5 release BOM includes the following updates:

VMware Cloud Builder 4.5 (20612863)
SDDC Manager4.5 (20612863)
vCenter Server Appliance7.0 Update
3h (20395099)
VMware NSX-T Data Center3.2.1.2 (20541212)
VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager8.8.2 (20080494)

DELL VxRail 7.0.400 release components aligned with VCF 4.5:

VxRail Manager7.0.400 build 27701512
VMware ESXi 7.0 U3g build 20328353
VMware vSAN7.0 U3g build 20328353

Some notable highlights of this VCF 4.5 release include:

  • Ability to use the VxRail re-try API within SDDC Manager. The upgrade will continue from where it failed and removes the need to re-scan previously upgraded nodes. Time taken is dramatically reduced especially in large VCF instances.
  • Config drift bundle application progress status indicator will be introduced. This will provide more descriptive information on progress stages.
  • Proactive notification for password and certificate expiration.
  • New SDDC Prechecks for License, NSX Edge Cluster Password, Failed Workflow Validation.
  • UI for WFO (Workflow Optimization) will add simplicity when deploying new WLD’s enabling configuration to take place within one UI. Custom user-defined cluster names and custom user-defined VDS and port group names.
  • The legacy method for deploying VxRail clusters using the VxRail Manager Deployment Wizard has been deprecated with this release.
  • 15G 24 drive all-NVMe functionality with Zamora (P670N) based platforms.
  • User Defined Tags – will be able to tag WLDs, Clusters and Hosts with User Defined Tags.
  • SDDC Manager will allow rename of clusters through SDDC UI.
  • SDDC Manager onboarding – intuitive UI guided walk-through tour of SDDC Manager UI in stages of configuration that will reduce the steep learning curve for customers.
  • The Async patch tool enables customers to update VCF on VxRail components out of band.
  • Users will be able to perform LCM (brownfield) / direct upgrade operation from version VCF 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x and 4.4.x to VCF M2 (4.5).

Please refer to the following blog by Jason for a detailed overview of all the new features included with this release:

Improved management insights and integrated control in VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 on Dell VxRail 7.0.400

Useful Links:

Correlating VMware Cloud Foundation version with the versions of its constituent products

Announcing General Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 on Dell EMC VxRail Release Notes


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