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VMware Cloud Foundation 

Downloading Software Bundles


Welcome to this demonstration on downloading software bundles in VMware Cloud Foundation. 


In Cloud Foundation, software is distributed as bundles from a secured bundle repository.  VMware regularly posts software updates and new software bundles to the secure repository.  The SDDC Manager routinely checks the repository to identify bundles that are applicable to your private cloud and, when found, make them available for download.


The SDDC Manager uses the Cloud Foundation Bill of Materials (BOM) of the deployed software stack to compare against the list of available bundles to identify applicable software bundles for your environment.  Only software downloaded from the bundle repository should be applied to Cloud Foundation.


There are two types of bundles.  “Update Bundles”, which contain software patches and updates, and “Install Bundles”, which include new software products. 


In this demonstration, we will show the steps to register your My VMware account and download software bundles.


Note:  Downloading software bundles requires network access to the secure bundle repository.  If security policies don’t allow the SDDC Manager to access to the bundle repository, you can use the Offline Bundle Transfer utility <link> to import software bundles manually.


Downloading update bundles is a prerequisite to applying software updates using the advanced Lifecyle management capabilities of the SDDC Manager.  For more information on applying software updates, refer to the Cloud Foundation Lifecycle Management demos available at <link>.


SDDC Manager Repository


The SDDC Manager maintains a repository of the downloaded software bundles. 

  • Click [Repository]
  • Click [Bundles]

In this environment, there are currently no downloaded bundles.  Note the reminder to authorize the SDDC Manager using a valid “My VMware” account.


Registering a “My VMware” Account


To register your “My VMware” account, from the SDDC Manager Dashboard:

  • Click [Administration]
  • Click [Repository Settings]

From the repository settings, you can authorize the SDDC Manager to query the secured repository by registering with a valid “My VMware” account.

  • Click [Authenticate]

Provide your “My VMware” username and password, and then click “Authorize”.

  • Click the [Enter user name] input field
  • Click [Authorize]

Once authorized, the status shows as “Active”, indicating you have a successful connection to the repository.

  • Click [Bundles]

Once authenticated, the SDDC Manager will routinely query the secure bundle repository for applicable bundles once every hour (default).  When an applicable bundle is found, it will be displayed in the Bundles page.

  • Click the [Install Only Bundle] link for the NSX-T Manager 2.5.0

This is an install bundle.  Install bundles contain new software products.  In this example, the software bundle contains VMware NSX-T version 2.5.0.

  • Click [Install Only Bundle] for the NSX-T Manager 2.5.0 to close the pop-up
  • Click [Pending Patch/Upgrade Bundle] next to VMware Software Update

This is an update bundle.  Update bundles contain software updates for products already installed in your environment.

  • Click [Pending Patch/Upgrade Bundle] next to VMware Software Update to close the pop-up
  • Click [View Details] for the NSX-T 2.5.0 Install Bundle

We can view details about software bundles, to include version info and the release date.

  • Click [X Exit Details]

Note that we are showing the metadata for the available bundles.  These bundles need to be downloaded before they can be used. 


You have the option to either schedule the bundle download at a future time, or to download it immediately.

  • Click [Download Now]

Software bundles can be very large.  In this example the PKS 1.5.0 bundle is 11GB, the NSX-T 2.5.0 bundle is 9GB and the VMware Software Update is 10GB.  To facilitate downloading these large files the SDDC Manager allows you to schedule a download time.  For example, in environments where bandwidth is limited you may choose to schedule the download to occur over a weekend.


The bundle download has started.  The time required to download the bundle will vary based on the size of the bundle and the available network bandwidth.

  • Click [Downloading 12%] 

After the bundle has been downloaded, it is validated.

  • Click [Download History]

Downloaded software bundles are shown on the “Download History” page.  Here we see the NSX-T 2.5.0 software bundle has been downloaded.


Once downloaded, the SDDC Manager identifies the applicable domains for which updates need to be applied.  For more information on how to apply software updates in Cloud Foundation refer to the Lifecycle Management demos available at <link>.

  • Click [Bundles]

Cloud Foundation currently downloads software bundles one at a time.  With the NSX-T 2.5.0 bundle downloaded, we can now repeat the steps to download the remaining bundles.

  • Click [Dashboard]

This completes our demonstration on authorizing the SDDC Manager and downloading software bundles.


For more information on VMware Cloud Foundation, visit our website at vmware.com/go/cloudfoundation.

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