Deploying Tanzu Kubernetes “guest” cluster in vSphere with Tanzu

In this final installment of my “vSphere with Tanzu” posts, we are going to look at how to create our very first Tanzu Kubernetes (TKG) guest cluster. In previous posts, we have compared vSphere with Tanzu to VCF with Tanzu, and covered the prerequisites. Then we looked at the steps involved in deploying the HA-Proxy to provide a load balancer service to vSphere with Tanzu. In my most recent post, we looked at the steps involved in enabling workload management. Now that all of that is in place, we are finally able to go ahead and deploy a TKG cluster,…

Enabling vSphere with Tanzu using HA-Proxy

In earlier posts, we look at the differences between the original “VCF with Tanzu” offering and the new vSphere with Tanzu offering from VMware. One of the major differences is the use of HA-Proxy to provide a load balancing service, and the deployment steps of the HA-Proxy we covered in detail in a follow-up post. In this post, we are now ready to deploy vSphere with Tanzu, also known as enabling Workload Management. Prerequisites Revisited The prerequisites were covered in detail in the “Getting started” post, and you won’t have been able to successfully deploy the HA-Proxy without following them.…

Deploy HA-Proxy for vSphere with Tanzu

In my Getting Started with vSphere with Tanzu blog post yesterday, we discussed the differences between vSphere with Tanzu and VCF with Tanzu. We also called out the requirements for vSphere with Tanzu. In this post, we will proceed to the next step and deploy the HA-Proxy appliance, which will provide Load Balancer functionality on behalf of the Supervisor cluster and the TKG clusters. Let’s start with a look at my simple networking configuration. This is how my lab environment looks at present. I have created a vSphere distributed switch and created 3 distributed portgroups. The management network is on…

Getting started with vSphere with Tanzu

With the release of vSphere 7.0U1, vSphere with Kubernetes has been decoupled from VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). VMware now has two vSphere with Kubernetes offerings, the original VCF based vSphere with Kubernetes offering, now referred to as VCF with Tanzu, and a newer offering outside of VCF, referred to as vSphere with Tanzu. This write-up is to step through the deployment of the new vSphere with Tanzu with HA-Proxy. I won’t cover everything in this single post, but will do a series of 4 posts stepping through the process. Differences: VCF with Tanzu and vSphere with Tanzu I thought it…

CNS-CSI 2.1 with vSphere 7.0U1 – What’s new?

In this post, we will look at what is in the new release of the vSphere CSI driver for Kubernetes, as well as enhancements to Cloud Native Storage (CNS)  that handles CSI request on the vSphere infrastructure. CSI improvements will be available in version 2.1 of the driver, and the CNS components will be part of vSphere 7.0U1. Both are required for the features discussed here. The main objective of this release is two-fold: (a) to add CNS-CSI features to vSphere with Kubernetes so that it has a similar specification to the CNS-CSI features that are available with vanilla Kubernetes,…

Failed to deploy PV to local volume – “No compatible datastore found for storagePolicy”

This is something that I “spun my wheels” on a little bit last week, so I decided I’d write a short article to explain the issue in a bit more detail. This is related to the provisioning of a Persistent Volume on the Supervisor cluster of a vSphere with Kubernetes deployment. I had a local VMFS volume on one of my hosts, so I went ahead and tagged the volume using vSphere Tagging. I then built a tag-based storage policy so that when that policy is selected for provisioning, the objects that get provisioned would be placed on that local,…

Cloud Native Storage (CNS) in vSphere with Kubernetes/Tanzu (Video)

A short video explaining the role of the vSphere CSI (Container Storage Interface) driver and CNS (Cloud Native Storage) in both the vSphere with Kubernetes/Tanzu Supervisor Cluster and in the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Guest Cluster. This video discusses the role of the CSI driver in the Supervisor cluster, and the pvCSI driver (para-virtual CSI driver) in the TKG guest cluster. We also look at how the pvCSI communicates CNS control plane in the vCenter Server via the CSI driver in the Supervisor Cluster to request Persistent Volume operations on behalf of the Guest Cluster.