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VMware Cloud Director 10.2 interface enhancements

VMware Cloud Director 10.2 has been with us since October 15 2020 bringing new features

In this post I cover UI Enhancements: Quick Search; Advisories; Certificate Management showing how will simplify and speed up some experiences

VMware Cloud Director version 10.2 includes the following:

  • NSX-T Advanced Functional Parity:  NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi), Distributed Firewall , VRF-lite, Cross VDC networking, IPv6, Dual stack (IPv4/IPv6) on the same network, SLAAC, DHCPv6, CVDS (vSphere 7.0/NSX-T 3.0), L2VPN – API only
  • Support modern applications in VMware Cloud Director with Tanzu runtime vSphere with Kubernetes: Provider and tenant UI for managing and consuming Kubernetes clusters
  • VMware Cloud Director Virtual Appliance Enhancements: Validation of user input during initial deployment; Simplified cell restore with streamlined standby cell creation
  • Storage Enhancements: Disk level IOPS control for providers and tenants; Shared disks
  • Security Enhancements: See the Security section
  • UI Enhancements: Quick Search; Advisories; Certificate Management
  • Platform extensibility enhancements
  • Scale Enhancements: See VMware Configuration Maximums

Quick Search

A handy feature to save time from browsing the UI. Not much to say about this one

Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 quick search
Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 quick search

Advisories

Advisories is a great addition on this release to communicate everyone a message after they login to Cloud Director.

This is a known in vCenter Server as message of the day and has been around a long time so I believe is a nice to have specially saving time in the service provider space where is common to perform this communications over emails which are slower and less productive

Best part of this apart from looking nice in HTML5 UI. It can be consumer from the API

Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 advisories
Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 advisories

Advisories API

vCloud Director 10.2 advisories can be managed using the API

Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 advisories API
Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 advisories API

Advisory API definition

AdvisoryDefinition{
description:	
A message specified by a system administrator org administrator. It
is to be displayed to users to alert them to general conditions that
may affect them.

id	string
A unique identifier for the advisory (read-only).

targetId	string
The id reference to the target entity this advisory is for.

message	string
maxLength: 512
A localized message for this advisory.

priority	string
default: NOTICE
Priority for an advisory that indicates the level of urgency. These
priorities are listed in descending sort order.

MANDATORY: A mandatory message which is always displayed; these advisories cannot be snoozed or dismissed (see documentation on displayStart and displayEnd)
CRITICAL: A high priority, potentially actionable message which can be snoozed or dismissed
IMPORTANT: A potentially actionable message which can be snoozed or dismissed
NOTICE: An informational message which can be dismissed (but not snoozed)
displayStart	string($date-time)
The ISO-8601 timestamp from which this advisory is applicable. Defaults to
the server’s current time if unspecified. If permissible, users may update this value
to a time in the future to snooze this advisory.

displayEnd	string($date-time)
The ISO-8601 timestamp representing when this advisory is no longer applicable.
If permissible, users may update this value to a time in the past to dismiss
this advisory. The displayEnd timestamp must be >= displayStart.

source	string
Represents where the advisory is being generated from. This is a read-only field.
Can be of type USER or INTERNAL.

}

Certificate Management

Since vCloud Director 10.1 certificates for vCenter and NSX needs to be trusted by vCD. These can be now imported from Trusted certificates and Certificate Library a much easier way to handle certificates comparing creation of keystores using keytool

Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 certificate management
Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 certificate management
Baking Clouds - vCloud Director 10.2 certificate management

Guided Tours

This a another great addition to vCD that we covered in “New in Cloud Director 10.2: Guided Tours” post.

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