NSX-T and vSphere with Tanzu revisited (Part 2 of 3)

In part 1 of 3, the steps on how to add vCenter server as the NSX Compute Manager and how to configure the ESXi hosts as host transport nodes were completed. In this part 2 of the series, the creation of an NSX Edge cluster is described. Once again, the end goal of this post is to have an NSX-T configuration that can be leveraged by vSphere with Tanzu. When this part is complete, the overlay network should extend to include the Edge nodes for east-west traffic. The Edge nodes will also be configured to have uplinks to allow for…

NSX-T and vSphere with Tanzu revisited (Part 1 of 3)

It is quite some time since I looked at deploying NSX-T, VMware’s unified networking platform. The reason for this is that VCF, VMware Cloud Foundation, takes care of the deployment and configuration of NSX-T automatically through the SDDC Manager. However, I wanted to revisit it and do it the hard way, just to re-educate myself on the steps involved. The goal is to have an NSX-T configuration that can be leveraged by vSphere with Tanzu. Since this is rather a lengthy process, I will divide it up into 3 separate posts. The first will focus on the configuration ESXi hosts…

Prometheus & Grafana Monitoring Stack on TKGS workload cluster in vSphere with Tanzu

In this post, we are going to build on the work already done when we deployed Carvel packages on a Tanzu Kubernetes workload cluster created by the TKG Service in vSphere with Tanzu. We saw in that post what the requirements are, how to use the tanzu command line to set context to a workload cluster, add the TKG v1.4 package repository. We also saw how to use the tanzu CLI to deploy our first package, which was cert manager. We will now continue with the deployment of a number of other packages, such as Contour (for Ingress), External-DNS (to…

Deploying Carvel packages on TKGS workload clusters in vSphere with Tanzu

I’ve posted a number of articles on this site which detail how to deploy TKG v1.4 Carvel packages on the multi-cloud version of TKG, often referred to as TKGm. But did you know that these packages can also be deployed to clusters provisioned by the TKG Service (TKGS) on vSphere with Tanzu? In this post, I will run through the steps on how to achieve this. You can find the official documentation here, which will be referred to from time to time during this post, especially for some of the manifests. It should also be noted that some of the…

Deploying a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster using tanzu CLI in vSphere with Tanzu

Regular readers will have seen a number of articles on this site which use the tanzu command line to create and delete TKGm clusters. TKGm is the nomenclature that I am using to describe multi-cloud TKG clusters (also known as standalone TKG clusters) that can be deployed onto numerous different IaaS, including vSphere. In this post, I want to show you how to use the same tanzu CLI tools to deploy a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster via the TKG service (TKGS) on vSphere with Tanzu. I have always shown that to deploy TKG clusters on vSphere with Tanzu, you login to…

vSphere with Tanzu revisited in vSphere 7.0U3c

Now that VMware has recently released vSphere 7.0U3c, there have been a number of enhancements to vSphere with Tanzu and the TKG Service. Some of these enhancements have been described in recent posts, such as the new v1alpha2 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster format, as well as new capabilities to the Namespace Service. In this post, I want to go back to basics and look at some changes to the vSphere with Tanzu installation and setup experience. One of the major enhancements is in the area of networking, with DHCP support added for both the Management networks and the Workload network(s). The…

A closer look at the v1alpha2 TanzuKubernetesCluster format in vSphere with Tanzu

Today I wanted to take a closer look at the new Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster YAML format (v1alpha2) which extends the configurability of TKG clusters that are deployed via the TKG Service (TKGS) in vSphere with Tanzu. We will look at this from two viewpoints. The first is to show you the differences when it comes to creating a new TKG cluster, as there are a number of different manifest settings now required with the v1alpha2 format. The second viewpoint is to look at how to upgrade the Tanzu Kubernetes Release (tkr) on an existing cluster which has been upgraded from…