Reviewing PKS logs and status

After a bit of a sabbatical, I am back to looking PKS (Pivotal Container Service) again. I wanted to look at the new version 1.3, but I had to do a bit of work on my environment to allow me to do this. Primarily, I needed to upgrade my NSX-T environment from version 2.1 to 2.3. I followed this blog post from vmtechie which provides a useful step-by-step guide. Kudos to our VMware NSX-T team as the upgrade worked without a hitch. My next step was to start work on the PKS deployment. I just did a brand new deployment…

Kubernetes, Hadoop, Persistent Volumes and vSAN

At VMworld 2018, one of the sessions I presented on was running Kubernetes on vSphere, and specifically using vSAN for persistent storage. In that presentation (which you can find here), I used Hadoop as a specific example, primarily because there are a number of moving parts to Hadoop. For example, there is the concept of Namenode and a Datanode. Put simply, a Namenode provides the lookup for blocks, whereas Datanodes store the actual blocks of data. Namenodes can be configured in a HA pair with a standby Namenode, but this requires a lot more configuration and resources, and introduces additional…

Fun with PKS, K8s, VCP, StatefulSets and Couchbase

After just deploying the newest version of Pivotal Container Services (PKS) and rolling out my first Kubernetes cluster (read all about it here), I wanted to try to do something a bit more interesting than just create another persistent volume claim to test out our vSphere Cloud Provider since I had done this  a number of times already. Thanks to some of the work I have been doing with our cloud native team, I was introduced to StatefulSets. That peaked my interest a little, as I had not come across them before.

PKS deployment revisited – some changes in v1.2.2

It is almost 6 months since I last rolled out a deployment of Pivotal Container Service (PKS). I just did a new deployment this week using some of the more later builds of Pivotal Operations Manager (v2.3), and PKS (v1.2.2) and noticed a number of changes. This post is to take you through those changes and highlight where things are different and might catch you out. I am not going to go through all of the requirements from scratch – there are a number of posts already available which explain the command line tools that you need, and so on.…

A primer on First Class Disks/Improved Virtual Disks

A First Class Disk (FCD), also referred to as Improved Virtual Disk (IVDs), is one of the more recent features in vSphere that may have escaped your notice. FCDs were created to address a particular gap that we have in vSphere at this time. We are well aware that within a vSphere environment, it is currently very difficult to manage virtual disks unless they are associated with a virtual machine. A simple example would be snapshots. Snapshots work at a per VM basis, and to only snapshot a single VMDK rather than all VMDK attached to a VM involves a…

My VMworld 2018 recorded sessions

At this year’s VMworld, I was very fortunate to have 3 of my submitted sessions accepted for both VMworld in Las Vegas and again for VMworld in Barcelona. Not only that, but I got the opportunity to present with my friends and colleagues, Christos, Duncan and Paudie. The sessions that I presented in both Las Vegas and Barcelona were as follows: HCI1246BE – Optimizing vSAN for Performance with Paudie O’Riordan HCI1270BE – The Power of Storage Policy-Based Management with Duncan Epping HCI1338BE – vSAN: An Ideal Storage Platform for Kubernetes-controlled Cloud-Native Apps with Christos Karamanolis These have now been re-recorded…

See you at VMworld 2018 (Barcelona)

The content catalog has just gone live with the schedule of break-out sessions for VMworld 2018 in Barcelona. All three sessions that I presented in Las Vegas are also scheduled for the European event. I’m fortunate that I have a chance to co-present with my good friends and colleagues, Christos Karamanolis, Duncan Epping and Paudie O’Riordan. I hope you can make it along to one of these sessions if the topic is of interest.