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What's New in VMware SDDC Manager (VCF 5.2)

Introduction VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 5.2 introduces significant updates and features designed to enhance infrastructure modernization, security, and developer productivity. This release aims to streamline cloud operations and improve

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Introduction


VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 5.2 introduces significant updates and features designed to enhance infrastructure modernization, security, and developer productivity. This release aims to streamline cloud operations and improve overall efficiency.

Brownfield infra import to VCF

One of the most significant updates in SDDC Manager is the ability to import existing vSphere infrastructures into Cloud Foundation. This capability allows organizations to extend SDDC Manager's inventory and lifecycle management to their existing environments, providing a unified management experience. By integrating existing infrastructures, businesses can streamline operations and reduce the complexity of managing multiple environments.

VCF Import - detailed workflow

Steps for adding Brownfield infra to VCF:

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Deploying SDDC Manager appliance

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Upload and unpack import scripts

python3 vcf_brownfield.py check --vcenter 'your-fqdn-vcenter.sddc.lab' --sso-user 'administrator@vsphere.local' --sso-password 'VMware123!' --vcenter-root-password 'VMware123!' --domain-name 'mgmt' --backup-password 'VMware123!' --local-admin-password 'VMware123!VMware123!' --skip-nsx-deployment

Command to run pre-checks for importing Brownfield infra to VCF

python3 vcf_brownfield.py convert --vcenter 'your-fqdn-vcenter.sddc.lab' --sso-user 'administrator@vsphere.local' --sso-password 'VMware123!' --vcenter-root-password 'VMware123!' --domain-name 'mgmt' --backup-password 'VMware123!' --local-admin-password 'VMware123!VMware123!' --skip-nsx-deployment
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WARNING: All of your clusters that are connected to that vCenter will be added to Management workload domain!
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You need only version of vSphere 8.0.3 for importing initial Management domain. After that, you can import infra that is based on BOM VCF 4.5 (version of vSphere 7.0.3+) as another Workload domains.

To import brownfield Workload domain, you're using the same commands:

python3 vcf_brownfield.py check --vcenter 'your-workload-vcenter.sddc.lab' --sso-user 'administrator@vsphere.local' --sso-password 'VMware123!' --vcenter-root-password 'VMware123!' --domain-name 'Workload' --backup-password 'VMware123!' --local-admin-password 'VMware123!VMware123!' --skip-nsx-deployment
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For the initial phase of the VCF Import function will not support configurations as stretch clusters, etc. These additional capabilities will be introduced over time.
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VCF Import supporting vSphere environments without NSX! You can import vSphere + vSAN env and using an optional CLI argument you can also deploy NSX as part of the convert/import operation.

Flexible Edge Deployment Options

Flexible Edge Deployments

Updated Bill of Materials

Refined Lifecycle Management

Independent Upgrade of SDDC Manager

Advanced Security and Compliance

Entra ID support
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Conclusion


VCF 5.2 delivers comprehensive enhancements that drive infrastructure modernization, improve security, and enhance the developer experience. These updates make it an ideal platform for managing complex and scalable cloud environments.

Alexey Koznov

Published 19 days ago

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