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…Continue reading Password Lookup with VCF 4.0
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.Continue reading Automating VCF 4.0 Edge Cluster Creation
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.Continue reading VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) with VyOS
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.Continue reading VCF Certificate Authority Integration
I was recently asked if there is a way to remove a bundle that has been already downloaded by the SDDC Manager. Most of the time, there is little need to do this. However, there are times when it can be helpful – like if you are using a VCF environment to teach others how to perform tasks like downloading VCF bundles manually. Let’s take a look at how you would do this.Continue reading Deleting Bundles from VCF
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.Continue reading Make a Local VCF Depot
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.Continue reading VCF Bringup with Multiple Physical NICs