Persistent Volume Placement in HCI-Mesh deployments

One of the new features introduced in vSphere 7.0U1 is HCI-Mesh, the ability to remotely mount vSAN datastores between vSAN clusters managed by the same vCenter Server. My buddy and colleague Duncan has done a great write-up on this topic on his yellow-bricks blog. In this post, I am going to look at how to address the situation of selecting the correct vSAN datastore when provisioning Kubernetes Persistent Volumes in an environment which uses HCI-Mesh. Let’s start with why this situation needs additional consideration. Let’s assume that there is a vSphere cluster that have vSAN enabled, and thus this cluster…

vSAN Capacity Management in v7.0U1

With the release of vSAN 7.0U1, a major change was made with regards to what was termed “slack space” requirements. This basically referred to how much space should be set aside on the vSAN datastore for operational and rebuild purposes. I have had a few queries about this recently, so I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight some of the capacity management features now available in vSAN.  This would also be a good time to revisit the advanced options for Automatic Rebalance, as well as discuss the Reactive Rebalance features that we have had in vSAN for some…

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode #174: vSphere with Tanzu

I’m sure most readers are now aware that we now have 2 versions of what was initially called “Project Pacific” at VMworld 2019. Our initial release with vSphere 7.0 (vSphere with Kubernetes) was only available with VCF & NSX-T. However, with the release of vSphere 7.0U1, whilst we continue to have VCF with Tanzu, there is a new version outside of VCF called vSphere with Tanzu. I have written about how to get started with this new version, from covering the prerequisites, deploying a HA-Proxy, enabling vSphere with Tanzu Workload Management and deploying your first TKG ‘guest’ cluster. In this…

Introducing VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

At VMworld 2019, I had the pleasure of presenting our business unit’s Spotlight session with our GM, John Gilmartin (you can watch the complete recording here). One of the topics that generated a lot of interest was a low-cost Disaster Recovery (DR) service. A lot has happened in the past year but most notably was the acquisition of Datrium. Merging the original goal of a low-cost DR as a Service (DRaaS) solution alongside the smarts acquired from Datrium, we are now almost at the point where we are ready to deliver a new VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service to our…

Deploy TKG ‘guest’ cluster in vSphere with Tanzu [Video]

In a previous video, we looked at the steps involved in enabling vSphere with Tanzu / Workload Management. That video concluded with the creation of a vSphere Namespace. In this video, we will demonstrate how to login to the namespace, how to create a Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) ‘guest’ cluster via a simple manifest / YAML file, and then how to change contexts so that a developer can work in the context of the new TKG guest cluster. This video accompanies a more detailed write-up on deploying a TKG guest cluster in vSphere with Tanzu.

Enabling vSphere with Tanzu using HA-Proxy [Video]

In this video, we will look at the steps involved in vSphere 7.0U1 to enable vSphere with Tanzu / Workload Management. The process will look at how different this is to VCF with Tanzu, which leverages NSX-T for networking functionality. Here we show what properties need to be provided to successfully enabled vSphere with Tanzu when a HA-Proxy is providing the Load Balancer / Virtual Server functionality for both the Supervisor control plane API server, as well as the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid ‘guest’ clusters API servers. The demonstration will complete with the creation of our first Namespace. This video accompanies…

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,…