Part 3: Deploying VCF
In the previous parts of this series, I discussed the architecture of the environment and we went through the configuration of pfSense. Now it’s time to get our SDDC deployed in our home lab, using VLC to drive VMware Cloud Foundation.
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Part 2: Configuring pfSense
In the last article, I explained the environment that we would work towards building out. Now that we have the plan down, let’s get started by getting pfSense configured.
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Part 1: Defining the Architecture
Building a lab running VCF is made easy through the use of the VCF Lab Constructor (VLC). When run in the ‘automated’ mode, VLC will build out a nested environment and deploy VCF in it. It even abstracts a lot of the networking setup to make it as easy as possible. But what if you want to build out the network manually? In this series of posts, I’ll walk you through doing exactly that!
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No doubt, you’ve heard about the recent release of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 and its support for Kubernetes (K8s). Although you would like to play with the product, the resource requirements seem greater than the resources you have available. Today, I’m going to talk about how you can get a VCF 4.0 environment up and running with the least amount of resources…
Continue reading Minimalistic VCF 4.0 Deployments with Kubernetes
In order to perform all the automation tasks it does, VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) must be aware of how to communicate to all of the components in its environment. The method used to obtain a list of these accounts and the passwords used have changed from VCF version to version. Today, I’ll show you how to do this with VCF 4.0…
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You’ve just deployed a brand-new VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0
instance. You’ve configured the VCF repository and have downloaded the vrslcm
bundle. You think your all ready to start deploying VRSLCM, and then…
Continue reading Installing the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vrslcm) without AVNs with VCF 4.0
Today, VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.0 was released. One of the new features mentioned in the release notes is how the SDDC Manager now can automate the deployment of NSX Edge Clusters. Today, I’m going to show you how to automate that automation.
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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.
Continue reading Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Troubleshooting
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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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
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.
Continue reading VCF Certificate Authority Integration