vSphere with Tanzu – VM Service [Video]

A short video demonstration on how to use the new VM Service in vSphere with Tanzu to create a virtual machine on vSphere infrastructure using some simple YAML manifests. The demo also shows how to create the user data contexts that is needed by the cloud_init customization process when the virtual machine is deployed, and needs to be configured. Further details can be found in this blog post.

Tanzu Kubernetes considerations with the new VM Class in vSphere with Tanzu

I recently posted about a new feature in vSphere with Tanzu called VM Service which became available with vSphere 7.0U2a. In a nutshell, this new service allows developers to provision not just Tanzu Kubernetes Clusters and PodVMs in their respective namespaces. Now they can also provision native Virtual Machines as well. The VM Service introduces a new feature called VirtualMachineClassBindings to a developer, and has also introduced some new behaviour around an existing feature, VirtualMachineClass. VirtualMachineClass describes the available resource sizing for virtual machines. They describe how much compute and memory to allocate to a VM, and also if the…

A first look at vSphere VM Service

In this post, we will take a look at a brand new service that is now available in vSphere with Tanzu, called the vSphere VM Service. This new services enables developers to create virtual machines on vSphere Infrastructure via Kubernetes YAML manifests, just like they would create Tanzu Kubernetes clusters via the TKG service, or PodVMs via the Pod service, both of which are already available in vSphere with Tanzu. Since we feel that many applications will be made up of both containers and VMs, this is the first step in enabling developers to create these multi-faceted applications via the…

First steps with the NSX Advanced Load Balancer (NSX ALB)

As part of the vSphere 7.0 Update 2 (U2) launch, VMware now provides another Load Balancer option for vSphere with Tanzu. This new Load Balancer, built on Avi Networks technology (and previously known as Avi Vantage), provides another production-ready load balancer option for your vSphere with Tanzu deployments. This Load Balancer, now called the NSX Advanced Load balancer, or NSX ALB for short, will provide Virtual IP addresses (VIPs) for the Supervisor Control Plane API server, the TKG (guest) clusters API server and any Kubernetes applications that require a service of type Load Balancer. In this post, I will go…

Tanzu Kubernetes with embedded Harbor Image Registry (revisited)

Just recently I had reason to have my TKG (Tanzu Kubernetes) guest cluster pull images from the embedded Harbor container image registry which is available as part of vSphere with Tanzu. Now, I did this in the past but there were quite a few hoops that you needed to jump through in order to make this work. I wrote about how I did it here. So I was pleased to see that the following update was included in the vSphere with Tanzu Release Notes that coincided with vSphere 7.0U1c last December: Integration with Registry Service – Newly created Tanzu Kubernetes clusters…

Velero vSphere Operator backup/restore TKG “guest” cluster objects in vSphere with Tanzu

Over the past week or so, I have posted a number of blogs on how to get started with the new Velero vSphere Operator. I showed how to deploy the Operator in the Supervisor Cluster of vSphere with Tanzu, and also how to install the Velero and Backupdriver components in the Supervisor. We then went on to take backups and do restores of both stateless (e.g. Nginx deployment) and stateful (e.g. Cassandra StatefulSet) which were running as PodVMs is a Supervisor cluster. In the latter post, we saw how the new Velero Data Manager acted as the interface between Velero,…

vSphere with Tanzu stateful application backup/restore using Velero vSphere Operator

Recently I wrote about our new Velero vSphere Operator. This new functionality, launched with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.2, enables administrators to backup and restore objects in their vSphere with Tanzu namespaces. In my previous post, I showed how we could use the Velero vSphere Operator to backup and restore a stateless application (the example used was an Nginx deployment) to and from an S3 Object Store bucket. The S3 object store and bucket was provided by the Minio Operator that is also available in VCF 4.2 as part of the vSAN Data Persistent platform (DPp) offering. In this post,…