Category Archives: VCF

VMware Cloud Foundation

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Troubleshooting

VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 3.9.1 requires the configuration of BGP in order to deploy a new instance of VCF. If BGP is not configured properly, the deployment of VCF will fail as it will not be able to validate the communication to the Edge Service Gateways has been configured properly. In this post, I’m just going to quickly run through some methods you can use to attempt to troubleshoot a deployment that is failing due to a BGP issue.

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VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) with VyOS

With the release of VCF 3.9.1, new VCF deployments require Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) be configured and functioning prior to initiating the VCF deployment. Using BGP simplifies the management of routes to the Application Virtual Networks (AVNs) deployed by VCF.  

VMware Lab Constructor (VLC) provides an option to automatically configure the deployed Cloud Builder appliance to provide BGP services. But what if you want to provide your own infrastructure for your home lab?  In this case, you have to provide BGP services within your environment. One method to do this is to use a software-based router, such as VyOS. Today, I’ll walk through how to configure VyOS to provide these services in your home lab.

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VCF Certificate Authority Integration

If you have ever had to manually change the certificates in a vSphere environment, you’ll appreciate the automation VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) provides. After connecting the VCF SDDC Manager to a Microsoft CA server, you are a few clicks away from being able to rotate the certificates for various VMware products.

Establishing the connection to the Microsoft CA server, however, requires that the Microsoft CA server is configured properly. Today, I’ll walk through the steps required to configure a Microsoft CA for use with VCF.

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VLC- Expansion Pack – VCF 3.9.1

The expansion pack feature in VLC can be used for a few things;
1) Building nested hosts
2) Expanding your nested VCF implementation!
3) Testing the limits of your hardware <- You know you want to!

In this post we’re going to talk about Building Nested Hosts and I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out how to do the other two things on your own, or I’ll write a blog article on it! Make sure you follow the implementation guide for VLC with regards to PowerCLI and OVFtool versions and settings.

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VLC-Build it for me, vRealize Operations deployment – VCF 3.9.1

If you’ve been following the VLC-Build it for me posts you should have VRSLCM up and running. As promised this exercise will be quite a bit shorter due to the work we put in getting VRSLCM built. vRealize Operations gives a view into operations management of both applications and infrastructure and, in the context of VCF, as you grow your solution help you plan, scale, and easily connect new Workload domains and their resources to be included in vROps pervue.

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VLC-Build it for me, VRSLCM deployment– VCF 3.9.1

After getting your external access up and running, I’m sure your ready to start deploying some additional solutions! Let’s start with the vRealize suite and that all begins with downloading and deploying VRSLCM – (vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager). Go ahead and get that queued up and downloading, it’s about 3GB in size and it should be available under the Repository -> Bundles page, click the Download Now button next to the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager bundle.

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Make a Local VCF Depot

VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) communicates periodically through the internet with a hosted web service in order to check for and retrieve software updates and bundles. What if you don’t have internet access? Today, I’m going to demonstrate how you can build out your own software repository for VCF.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that this process is not supported for production environments. To understand why, I need to give you a short overview of what I will be showing you today.

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VLC – Build it for me, External Access

So you got through all the BGP fun and have a fully deployed VCF instance, congrats! Of course now, you want do add some functionality and get your FULL SDDC on. Thankfully, there are only a few more steps to go and you’re already an expert at this.

The long and short of it is that SDDC manager will need access to https://depot.vmware.com. That means you’ll need outbound network connectivity and DNS resolution. Let’s talk about the outbound network connectivity first.

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VCF Bringup with Multiple Physical NICs

I’ve talked about how to use hosts that have multiple physical NICs to create NSX-V and NSX-T backed workload domains and even how to expand a cluster in one of these workload domains. But what if you want to do an initial installation of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) using hosts with multiple physical NICs?

As I’ve mentioned before, the support for multiple physical NICs with VCF is new with VCF 3.9.1. All of the operations we performed previously relied on the VCF API. This worked well for our intended use, but bringup is a different animal.

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