On April 18th, 2023, VMware Cloud Director 10.4.2 was released, bringing a range of new features. In this blog post, we will highlight some of the key features of this new release.
One of the most significant additions to VMware Cloud Director 10.4.2 is support for Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) devices. vTPM devices provide improved security to the guest operating system and can be added to both new and existing virtual machines. However, specific prerequisites must be met by both the VM Guest OS and the underlying vCenter Server infrastructure to use vTPM. vTPM is supported in most VCD workflows for Virtual Machine, vApp, Templates, and Catalog Sync.
Another feature in this release is the IDP Proxy for TMC Local. This feature allows VMware Cloud Director to be configured as an identity provider proxy server. With OAuth 2.0 OpenID Connect compliant Identity Providers registered with VMware Cloud Director, relying parties can utilize the platform for tenant-aware user authentication of those already known to the system.
VMware Cloud Director 10.4.2 also includes an improved provider login experience. When accessing the login page at https://vcloud.example.com/ and entering “system” as the organization name, the platform now understands “system” as an organization and will redirect the user to the Service Provider Admin Portal login page.
In previous versions of VMware Cloud Director, the default vApp lease expiration time for newly created tenant organizations was set to 7 days. However, with version 10.4.2, the default vApp lease expiration time setting is now “unlimited” or “never expires.” This change is sure to be a welcome one for many users.
Finally, VMware Cloud Director 10.4.2 introduces two key use cases for NamedDisk Entities. Named Disk Ownership enhances the behavior associated with NamedDisk Entities, providing more control over virtual disks’ ownership and addressing some limitations with virtual disk ownership in previous versions.