Announcing Tanzu Community Edition from VMware

As we head into VMworld 2021 this week, there will be many announcements about new and updated VMware products and features. However, there is one that I want to bring to your attention. It is something that I have been directly involved in, in some small way, and that something is Tanzu Community Edition.  Tanzu Community Edition (sometimes referred to as TCE), is a free, open source Tanzu Kubernetes (TKG) distribution which has all of the same open source software found in our commercial editions of Tanzu. Personally, I find this to be a really cool announcement for a number…

A closer look at Antrea, the new CNI for vSphere with Tanzu guest clusters

I’ve spent quite a bit of time highlighting many of the new features of vSphere with Tanzu in earlier blog posts. In those posts, we saw how vSphere with Tanzu could be used to provision Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) guest clusters to provide a native, upstream-like, VMware supported Kubernetes. In this post, I want to delve into the guest cluster in more detail and examine the new, default Container Network Interface (CNI) called Antrea that is now shipping with the TKG guest cluster. Antrea provides networking and security services for a Kubernetes cluster. It is based on the Open vSwitch…

Creating developer users and namespaces (scripted) in TKG “Guest” Clusters

I’ve spent a lot of time recently on creating and building out vSphere with Tanzu environment, with the goal of deploying a Tanzu Kubernetes “guest” cluster. I frequently used the kubectl-vsphere command to logout of the Supervisor namespace context and login to the Guest cluster context. This allowed me to start deploying stateful and stateful apps in my Tanzu Kubernetes Guest cluster. I thought no more about this step until a recent conversation with my colleague Frank Denneman. He queried whether or not Kubernetes developers would actually have vSphere privileges to do this. It was a great question which led…

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,…

Deploy a Tanzu Kubernetes (TKG) cluster in vSphere with Kubernetes (Video)

This video will show the steps involved in deploying a fully functional Tanzu Kubernetes Grid cluster (TKG) via vSphere with Kubernetes. We will see how to build and sync a content library for the TKG control plane and worker node images. We will walk through the creation of a new namespace, and review the manifest file used for the creation of the cluster. Once deployed, we will switch contexts from the namespace used to build the cluster and place ourselves in the context of the new TKG cluster. From there, we will run some kubectl commands to query the cluster.…