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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Yes! It’s possible, I’ve done it.. twice, just to make sure :). At the risk of being redundant @Kyle Gleed was instrumental in driving K8’s in VCF consolidate and has a blog post and paper here, @Tom Stephens posted a great blog on Minimalistic VCF 4.0 deployments with Kubernetes, but I’m lazy and like to make things even easier. That is what I am to cover here, There are a lot of steps, and tons of screenshots making this blog post quite lengthy, my apologies.. I’ll learn to split these up!
Continue reading Install VCF, Workload Management and Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster in an afternoon
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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It seems like a good time to have an update post on Multi-NIC “stuff” in VCF 4.0. Before we get to the creation of the cluster, I think it’s important to go over one of the biggest networking changes in VCF 4.0/vSphere 7.0. With vSphere 7.0 came the introduction of the vSphere Distributed Switch 7.0 and with that, some welcome changes that I haven’t really seen mentioned anywhere.
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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.
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