VMware vCloud Suite 5.8 Release Notes

Updated on: 7 April 2015

VMware Cloud Suite™ 5.8 | 9 September 2014

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware vCloud Suite is an integrated offering for building and managing a VMware vSphere private cloud based on the Software-Defined Data Center architecture that enables IT organizations to achieve transformational outcomes. vCloud Suite 5.8 is the latest release of the suite and has the following enhancements:

  • Proactive support and accelerated support request resolution - Support Assistant, a new vCenter Server plug-in, is included in vCloud Suite and can be configured to automatically collect and transmit ESXi and vCenter Server log bundles to VMware support. This data is used to identify latent vSphere environment issues and provide customers with proactive alerts to prevent downtime and accelerate mean-time to resolution of issues.
  • Expanded big data support - Big Data Extension now supports Hadoop 2 distributions, which includes YARN cluster resource management, making application deployment, lifecycle management, rapid provisioning and higher availability easier for big data applications. Additionally, the Hadoop Template Virtual Machine now uses CentOS 6.4 as its default operating system, which increases performance and provides native support for all Hadoop distributions for use with Big Data Extensions.
  • Improved integration for provisioning DR tiers - Provision predefined DR protection tiers to new virtual machines when using array-based replication. Site Recovery Manager defines DR protection tiers and makes them accessible through a new vCenter Orchestrator plug-in. vCloud Automation Center's blueprints enable the self-service, policy-based provisioning of those tiers for faster provisioning.
  • Policy-based network provisioning - Ability to dynamically provision NSX firewall and routing services customized to an application's requirements with vCloud Automation Center.
  • Improved business continuity/disaster recovery - New integration between Site Recovery Manager and Virtual SAN via vSphere Replication reduces the DR footprint with hyper-converged infrastructure, simplifies protection with policy-based VM-centric storage, and lowers DR-related CAPEX and OPEX.
  • Scalable protection and disaster recovery - Improved Site Recovery Manager scalability for array-based replication.
  • Next-generation user interface for disaster recovery administration - Streamlined workflows and integration with the vSphere Web Client improve efficiency of Site Recovery Manager administration and navigation of its UI.

vCloud Suite 5.8 Components

Updated vCloud Suite 5.8 includes the following components.

  • ESXi 5.5 Update 2
  • vCenter Configurations Manager 5.7.2
  • vCenter Hyperic 5.8.2
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 5.8.2
  • vCenter Operations Manager 5.8.3
  • vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.2
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2
  • vCenter Support Assistant
  • vCloud Automation Center 6.1
  • vCloud Director 5.5.2
  • vCloud Networking and Security 5.5.3
  • vSphere App HA 1.1
  • vSphere Big Data Extensions 2.0
  • vSphere Data Protection 5.8
  • vSphere Replication 5.8
  • vSphere Update Manager 5.5 Update 2

IMPORTANT vCenter Server is required for building the core infrastructure of the Software-Defined Data Center and is licensed separately on a per instance basis. See vCenter Server product overview.

Known Issues

Note: For known issues specific to vCloud Suite components, see the release notes for individual products.

  • vCenter Configuration Manager does not display data for vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security
    When you configure your virtual environment with DNS names, configuration data is not displayed for vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security.

    Workaround: Configure vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security with static IP addresses.

  • Active Directory users do not appear in vCenter Server
    Active Directory users are not displayed in the Add Principals window when you attempt to add vCenter Single Sign-on group members. vCenter Server returns the message Cannot load the users for the selected domain.

    Workaround: Remove vCenter Server from the domain and add it again.

  • You cannot clone a virtual machine to a template if you select a destination datastore cluster in another vSphere cluster
    Clone to virtual machine operations might fail, if you select a datastore cluster to store the VM files and that datastore cluster is not accessible from the source vSphere cluster. The vSphere Web Client displays the message A specified parameter was not correct. Storage DRS placement: vm <VM_name> current host not connected to pod <datastore_cluster_name>.

    Workaround: Perform the following steps:

    1. Use the Clone to Virtual Machine option to clone the VM to the target cluster and datastore cluster.
    2. Mark the cloned VM as a VM template.

  • An error appears when you view the VMkernel adapters of an ESXi host
    When you view the VMKernel adapters of an ESXi hosts that has been removed and added back to a distributed virtual switch, the vSphere Web Client displays an error.

    Workaround: Refresh the vSphere Web Client.