VMware Data Services Manager – Architectural Overview and Provider Deployment

In a recent post, I highlighted how VMware Data Services Manager (DSM) is designed to help vSphere Administrators control and manage the deployment of many disparate databases on their vSphere infrastructure. At the same time, I discussed how DSM is also designed to provide self-service to developers when they need to quickly provision a new database. This avoids the often prolonged ticketing system to engage IT to roll out the database on behalf of developers. In this post, I am going to take a more practical look at DSM, with a goal of rolling out the ‘Provider’ part of the…

A closer look at VMware Data Services Manager and Project Moneta

As most of you know, last week VMware Explore 2022 was held in Barcelona for our European audiences. I must say, there was a great buzz around the Fira conference center. A lot of this was due to the gap since the last VMworld event in 2019, but I think that many of the announcements also generated a lot of interest. I have highlighted a number of these in recent blog posts, such as some of the new features in vSphere 8.0, vSAN 8.0 and TKG 2.0, as well as the launch of VMware Distributed Service Engine. However, one of…

Why do I get “Error from server (Forbidden)” in vSphere with Tanzu

I’ve seen a number of queries around the behaviour of vSphere with Tanzu when it comes to querying Kubernetes objects on the Supervisor Cluster. More often than not, it is a question which arises when a user get an error similar to the following: Error from server (Forbidden): wcpnamespaces.appplatform.wcp.vmware.com is forbidden: \ User “sso:Administrator@vsphere.local” cannot list resource “wcpnamespaces” in API group \ “appplatform.wcp.vmware.com” in the namespace “cormac-ns” The reason for these errors is because the Supervisor Cluster is not treated as a general purpose Kubernetes cluster. The predominant role of the Supervisor Cluster is to provide services, such as the…

vSphere with Tanzu – new TKG 2.0 ClusterClass Preview

One of the key features of the TKG 2.0 on vSphere 8 announcement at VMware Explore 2022 is the consolidation of our the Tanzu Kubernetes offerings into a single unified Kubernetes runtime. This can be considered the second edition of VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. It will still come in two flavors.  One flavor is as a VM-based standalone management cluster whilst the other flavor will be Supervisor-based, integrated into vSphere with Tanzu. However, the important point is that both flavors now have the same APIs for cluster provisioning, same tooling for extension management, and the same model for release distribution.…

vSphere Distributed Services Engine – Networking Offload and Acceleration Preview

In my earlier overview of vSphere 8 announcements at VMware Explore 2022, I highlight a number of new products and features. One of the most significant announcements is vSphere Distributed Services Engine, formerly known as Project Monterey. As mentioned in the post, this enhancement gives us the ability to offload tasks to a Data Processing Unit (DPU aka SmartNIC). These tasks have historically been done by x86 CPUs on the hypervisor. Now these tasks are offloading to the DPU. And the programmable hardware accelerator on the DPU is also leveraged to boost overall performance. The first wave of innovation around…

vSphere with Tanzu – Secure TKC login with Pinniped Preview

Following on from last week’s preview of multi-AZ in vSphere with Tanzu available in vSphere 8.0, I now turn my attention to another great feature. In this post, I will preview the new Pinniped integration to provide an easy and secure login to Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. I’ve discussed Pinniped a number of times on this site, but those previous posts relate to standalone TKG clusters (often referred to as TKGm). However, with vSphere 8.0, vSphere with Tanzu also has Pinniped integration. In a nutshell, vSphere Administrators can now federate an external Identity Provider (IDP) with the Supervisor cluster. This means…

vSphere with Tanzu – Multi-Zone Preview

One of the most interesting announcements for me at VMware Explore 2022 was around the introduction of vSphere Zones. This feature, when it becomes available with vSphere 8.0, enables vSphere with Tanzu deployments to be rolled out across geographically dispersed vSphere infrastructures. This provides an extra level of availability that wasn’t previously possible. This extra availability is not just for the Supervisor Cluster, but also for the Tanzu Kubernetes clusters deployed by the TKG service. And indeed, it provides additional availability to the applications running on those clusters. My colleagues, Jose Manzaneque and Alexander Ullah do a great job explaining…