What’s New for VMware Validated Solutions – Edition #11 (November 2022)

Last Updated: 29-Nov-2022

Welcome to Edition #11 of the What’s New for VMware Validated Solutions, today we announced the following updates:

  • Added improvements to the implementation prerequisites across all VMware Validated Solutions
  • Added improvements to PowerShell functions for Site Protection and Disaster Recovery for VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Added certificate replacement procedures for Cloud-Based Automation for VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Release of PowerValidatedSolutions v1.10.0, our PowerShell module developed to ensure robustness, consistency, and accelerate implementation

Added Implementation Prerequisites Improvements

Following feedback we have incorporated improvements to the implementation prerequisites section of each solution guide. Each VMware Validated Solution now uses a consistent format consisting of two tables:

  • Prerequisites for Implementation
  • Prerequisites for CLI Implementation

The Prerequisites for Implementation provides general prerequisite information that must be read and understood by the reader before starting the implementation regardless of the method being used to perform the install (UI or CLI) and the Prerequisites for CLI Implementation provides additional prerequisite information for the reader if they plan to install using the CLI approach.

Site Protection and Disaster Recovery for VMware Cloud Foundation Updates

Added improvements to PowerShell functions:

  • Added low level functions to support the public REST APIs with Site Recovery Manager / vSphere Replication 8.6
  • Refactored functions to include better pre-validation steps
  • Added new functions to allow flexibility for site specific configuration and VI Workload Domain support

Implementation

  • [Refactor]Deploy vSphere Replication (Install-vSphereReplicationManager)
  • [Refactor]Replace the Certificate of vSphere Replication (Install-VamiCertificate)
  • [Refactor]Register vSphere Replication with vCenter Single Sign-On (Connect-DRSolutionTovCenter)
  • [New]Create a Port Group for vSphere Replication Traffic (Add-VdsPortGroup)
  • [New]Add a Network Adapter and Configure Static Routes for vSphere Replication (Add-VrmsNetworkAdapter)
  • [New]Create a VMkernel Adapter on the ESXi Hosts for vSphere Replication Traffic (Add-EsxiVMkernelPort)
  • [New]Configure ESXi Host Static Routes for vSphere Replication (Add-EsxiVrmsStaticRoute)
  • [Refactor]Deploy Site Recovery Manager (Install-SiteRecoveryManager)
  • [Refactor]Replace the Certificate of Site Recovery Manager (Install-VamiCertificate*)
  • [Refactor]Register Site Recovery Manager with vCenter Single Sign-On (Connect-DRSolutionTovCenter)
  • [New]Assign Licenses to Site Recovery Manager (Add-SrmLicenseKey)

Cloud-Based Automation for VMware Cloud Foundation Updates

Added certificate replacement procedures:

Implementation

  • Replace the Certificate of the vRealize Orchestrator Instance within the Cloud Extensibility Proxy for Cloud-Based Automation

Operational Guidance

  • Replace the Certificate for vRealize Orchestrator Within the Cloud Extensibility Proxy
  • Retrust the New Certificate for the vRealize Orchestrator within the Cloud Extensibility Proxy with Cloud Assembly

General Availability of PowerValidatedSolutions v1.10.0

Release of PowerValidatedSolutions v1.10.0, which is a PowerShell module that we have developed to not only accelerate the implementation of Validated Solutions, but ensure consistency and robustness. Here’s a list of what’s changed (this and previous updates can be tracked by reading the CHANGELOG.md file stored in the Git Hub repository):

  • Enhanced Install-SiteRecoveryManager cmdlet to support an alternative path to the OVF Tool -vmwareOvfToolPath, and code improvements.
  • Enhanced Install-vSphereReplicationManager cmdlet to support an alternative path to the OVF Tool -vmwareOvfToolPath and code improvements.
  • Enhanced Connect-DRSolutionTovCenter cmdlet to support registration with any vCenter Server and code improvements and REST API function support.
  • Added Undo-DRSolutionTovCenter cmdlet to support removing vCenter Server registration of vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager.
  • Enhanced Install-VamiCertificate cmdlet to use new REST APIs for vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager appliances.
  • Added Add-VrmsNetworkAdapter cmdlet to support adding a second nic to a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Add-SrmLicenseKey cmdlet to support adding and assigning a Site Recovery Manager license.
  • Added Undo-SrmLicenseKey cmdlet to support removing a Site Recovery Manager license.
  • Added Add-VdsPortGroup cmdlet to support creating a vSphere Distributed Switch port group and assigning a VLAN id.
  • Added Undo-VdsPortGroup cmdlet to support removing a vSphere Distributed Switch port group.
  • Added internalCatchWriter internal function to control and providing messages around API response codes.
  • Added Test-VrmsConnection cmdlet to support checking the vSphere Replication appliance is responding.
  • Added Test-VrmsAuthentication cmdlet to support checking authentication with the vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Request-VrmsToken cmdlet to support requesting a session token for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsApplianceDetail cmdlet to support getting information about a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Set-VrmsApplianceState cmdlet to restart or shutdown a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsService cmdlet to support retrieving the status of services running on the vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Set-VrmsService cmdlet to start/stop/restart services running on a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsNetworkAll cmdlet to retrieve all network settings for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsNetworkDns cmdlet to retrieve the DNS configuration for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Set-VrmsNetworkDns cmdlet to configure DNS settings for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsNetworkInterface cmdlet to retrieve the network interface configuration for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Set-VrmsNetworkInterface cmdlet to configure a network interface for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsConfiguration cmdlet to retrieve the registration configuration for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Set-VrmsConfiguration cmdlet to register the vSphere Replication appliance with vCenter Server.
  • Added Remove-VrmsConfiguration cmdlet to remove the vCenter Server registration for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Set-VrmsReplication cmdlet to configure the replication filter IP Address for a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsTask cmdlet to retrieve tasks from a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Get-VrmsVamiCertificate cmdlet to retrieve the certificate of the VAMI interface of a vSphere Replication appliance
  • Added Set-VrmsVamiCertificate cmdlet to install a new certificate for the VAMI interface of a vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Added Test-SrmConnection cmdlet to support checking the Site Recovery Manager appliance is responding.
  • Added Test-SrmAuthentication cmdlet to support checking authentication with the Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Request-SrmToken cmdlet to support requesting a session token for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmApplianceDetail cmdlet to support getting information about a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Set-SrmApplianceState cmdlet to restart or shutdown a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmService cmdlet to support retrieving the status of services running on the Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Set-SrmService cmdlet to start/stop/restart services running on a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmNetworkAll cmdlet to retrieve all network settings for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmNetworkDns cmdlet to retrieve the DNS configuration for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Set-SrmNetworkDns cmdlet to configure DNS settings for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmNetworkInterface cmdlet to retrieve the network interface configuration for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Set-SrmNetworkInterface cmdlet to configure a network interface for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmConfiguration cmdlet to retrieve the registration configuration for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Set-SrmConfiguration cmdlet to register the Site Recovery Manager appliance with vCenter Server.
  • Added Remove-SrmConfiguration cmdlet to remove the vCenter Server registration for a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmTask cmdlet to retrieve tasks from a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Get-SrmVamiCertificate cmdlet to retrieve the certificate of the VAMI interface of a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Set-SrmVamiCertificate cmdlet to install a new certificate for the VAMI interface of a Site Recovery Manager appliance.
  • Added Undo-SiteRecoveryManager to remove the Site Recovery Manager virtual appliance.
  • Added Undo-vSphereReplicationManager to remove the vSphere Replication virtual appliance.
  • Added Add-EsxiVMkernelPort cmdlet to create ESXi VMKernel port for vSphere Replication Traffic flexibility.
  • Added Undo-EsxiVMkernelPort cmdlet to remove ESXi VMKernel port for vSphere Replication Traffic flexibility.
  • Added Add-EsxiVrmsStaticRoute cmdlet to provide ESXi static route configuration flexibility.
  • Added Undo-EsxiVrmsStaticRoute cmdlet to provide ESXi static route removal flexibility.

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