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Building a VCF lab with pfSense (Part 1)

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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Minimalistic VCF 4.0 Deployments with Kubernetes

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…

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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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