GA Release #VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2 | ISO Build 17694817 | Announcement, information, and links

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VMware announced the GA Release of the following:

  • VMware vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2

See the base table for all the technical enablement links.

Product Overview
vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2 | ISO Build 17694817
What’s New
New in vSphere 7 Update 2 is that vMotion is able to fully benefit from high-speed bandwidth NICs for even faster live-migrations. Manual tuning is no longer required as it was in previous vSphere versions, to achieve the same.

The evolution of vMotion

  • vSphere With Tanzu Load Balancer support encompasses access to the Supervisor Cluster, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters and to Kubernetes Services of Type LoadBalancer deployed in the TKG clusters.   Users are allocated a single Virtual IP (VIP) to access the Supervisor Cluster Kubernetes API.  Traffic is spread across the three Kubernetes Controllers that make up the Supervisor Cluster.  Read more here….

  • New CLI deployment of vCenter Server: With vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2, by using the vCSA_with_cluster_on_ESXi.json template, you can bootstrap a single node vSAN cluster and enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager cluster image management when deploying vCenter Server on an ESXi host. For more information, see JSON Templates for CLI Deployment of the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Parallel remediation on hosts in clusters that you manage with vSphere Lifecycle Manager baselines: With vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2, to reduce the time needed for patching or upgrading the ESXi hosts in your environment, you can enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager to remediate in parallel the hosts within a cluster by using baselines. You can remediate in parallel only ESXi hosts that are already in maintenance mode. You cannot remediate in parallel hosts in a vSAN cluster. For more information, see Remediating ESXi Hosts Against vSphere Lifecycle Manager Baselines and Baseline Groups.
  • Improved vSphere Lifecycle Manager error messages: vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2 introduces improved error messages that help you better understand the root cause for issues such as skipped nodes during upgrades and updates, or hardware compatibility, or ESXi installation and update as part of the Lifecycle Manager operations.
  • Increased scalability with vSphere Lifecycle Manager: With vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2, scalability for vSphere Lifecycle Manager operations with ESXi hosts and clusters is up to 400 supported ESXi hosts managed by a vSphere Lifecycle Manager Image from 280.
  • Upgrade and migration from NSX-T-managed Virtual Distributed Switches to vSphere Distributed Switches: By using vSphere Lifecycle Manager baselines, you can upgrade your system to vSphere 7.0 Update 2 and simultaneously migrate from NSX-T-managed Virtual Distributed Switches to vSphere Distributed Switches for clusters enabled with VMware NSX-T Data Center. For more information, see Using vSphere Lifecycle Manager to Migrate an NSX-T Virtual Distributed Switch to a vSphere Distributed Switch.
  • Create new clusters by importing the desired software specification from a single reference host: With vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2, you can save time and effort to ensure that you have all necessary components and images available in the vSphere Lifecycle Manager depot before creating a new cluster by importing the desired software specification from a single reference host. You do not compose or validate a new image, because during image import, vSphere Lifecycle Manager extracts in the vCenter Server instance where you create the cluster the software specification from the reference host, as well as the software depot associated with the image. You can import an image from an ESXi host that is in the same or a different vCenter Server instance. You can also import an image from an ESXi host that is not managed by vCenter Server, move the reference host to the cluster or use the image on the host and seed it to the new cluster without moving the host. For more information, see Create a Cluster That Uses a Single Image by Importing an Image from a Host.
  • Enable vSphere with Tanzu on a cluster managed by the vSphere Lifecycle Manager: As a vSphere administrator, you can enable vSphere with Tanzu on vSphere clusters that you manage with a single VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager image. You can then use the Supervisor Cluster while it is managed by vSphere Lifecycle Manager. For more information, see Working with vSphere Lifecycle Manager.
  • vSphere Lifecycle Manager fast upgrades: Starting with vSphere 7.0 Update 2, you can configure vSphere Lifecycle Manager to suspend virtual machines to memory instead of migrating them, powering them off, or suspending them to disk. For more information, see Configuring vSphere Lifecycle Manager for Fast Upgrades.
  • Confidential vSphere Pods on a Supervisor Cluster in vSphere with Tanzu: Starting with vSphere 7.0 Update 2, you can run confidential vSphere Pods, keeping guest OS memory encrypted and protected against access from the hypervisor, on a Supervisor Cluster in vSphere with Tanzu. You can configure confidential vSphere Pods by adding Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Encrypted State (SEV-ES) as an extra security enhancement. For more information, see Deploy a Confidential vSphere Pod.
  • In-product feedback: vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2 introduces an in-product feedback option in the vSphere Client to enable you provide real-time rating and comments on key VMware vSphere workflows and features.
Upgrade Considerations
Product Support Notices

  • Deprecation of SSPI, CAC and RSA: In a future vSphere release, VMware plans to discontinue support for Windows Session Authentication (SSPI), Common Access Card (CAC), and RSA SecurID for vCenter Server. In place of SSPI, CAC, or RSA SecurID, users and administrators can configure and use Identity Federation with a supported Identity Provider to sign in to their vCenter Server system.
  • Removal of SHA1 from Secure Shell (SSH): In vSphere 7.0 Update 2, the SHA-1 cryptographic hashing algorithm is removed from the SSHD default configuration.
  • Support for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS): FIPS will be added to and enabled by default in vCenter Server in a future release of vSphere. FIPS support is also available but not enabled by default in vCenter Server 7.0 Update 2, and can be enabled by following the steps described in vCenter Server and FIPS.
  • Client plug-ins compliance with FIPS: In a future vSphere release, all client plug-ins for vSphere must become compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). When FIPS is enabled by default in the vCenter Server, you cannot use local plug-ins that do not conform to the standards. For more information, see Preparing Local Plug-ins for FIPS Compliance.
  • PowerCLI support for updating vSphere Native Key Providers: PowerCLI support for updating vSphere Native Key Providers will be added in an upcoming PowerCLI release. For more information, see VMware knowledge base article 82732.
  • Site Recovery Manager 8.4 and vSphere Replication 8.4 support: If virtual machine encryption is switched on, Site Recovery Manager 8.4 and vSphere Replication 8.4 do not support vSphere 7.0 Update 2.

Refer to our Interoperability Matrix for more product support notices.

Technical Enablement
Release Notes Click Here  |  What’s New  | Patches Contained in this Release  |  Product Support Notices  |  Resolved Issues  |  Known Issues vCenter Server Installation and Setup  |  vCenter Server Upgrade  |  vSphere Authentication  |  Managing Host and Cluster Lifecycle

vCenter Server Configuration  |   vCenter Server and Host Management

More Documentation vSphere with Tanzu   |  vSphere Bitfusion
Compatibility Information Configuration Maximums  |  Interoperability Matrix  |  Upgrade Paths  |
Download Click Here
Blogs Announcing: vSphere 7 Update 2 Release

Faster vMotion Makes Balancing Workloads Invisible

vSphere With Tanzu – NSX Advanced Load Balancer Essentials

The AI-Ready Enterprise Platform: Unleashing AI for Every Enterprise

REST API Modernization

Videos What’s New (35 mins)

Learn About the vMotion Improvements in vSphere 7 (8 min video)

vSphere Lifecycle Manager – Host Seeding Demo (5 min video)

HOLs HOL-2104-01-SDC – Introduction to vSphere Performance

This lab showcases what is new in vSphere 7.0 with regards to performance.

HOL-2113-01-SDC – vSphere with Tanzu

vSphere 7 with Tanzu is the new generation of vSphere for modern applications and it is available standalone on vSphere or as part of VMware Cloud Foundation

HOL-2147-01-ISM Accelerate Machine Learning in vSphere Using GPUs

In this lab, you will learn how you can accelerate Machine Learning Workloads on vSphere using GPUs. VMware vSphere combines GPU power with the management benefits of vSphere



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