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.
Continue reading VLC- Expansion Pack – VCF 3.9.1
Hi all, I thought I share since I went through this yesterday on my HP DL360p G8 in the lab. It started out with the cheap-o USB stick I had installed ESXi on flaking out.. and for those that have had it happen it can be unnerving to say the least. I couldn’t power down VM’s, make changes to the config, etc… I knew what had likely happened and on a reboot.. well, it never came back.
Continue reading Getting vSphere 6.7U3b up and running on a non-UEFI server
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.
Continue reading VLC-Build it for me, vRealize Operations deployment – VCF 3.9.1
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
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.
Continue reading VLC-Build it for me, VRSLCM deployment– VCF 3.9.1
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
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
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.
Continue reading VLC – Build it for me, External Access
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
Continue reading VCF Bringup with Multiple Physical NICs
Last week, I shared an example of how to create a new workload domain with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) using hosts with more than two physical NICs. In that example, I used NSX-V in the creation of the workload domain. Today, I’d like to provide an example of how you would do this for a NSX-T backed workload domain.
As support for multiple physical NICs (>2) is a newly
supported feature with the VCF 3.9.1 release, doing this requires the use of the
Continue reading NSX-T Backed Workload Domains with Multiple Physical NICs
With the VCF 3.9.1 release, support for hosts with multiple
physical NICs has been added. This allows you to dedicate specific traffic
across specific physical NICs to conform to your best practices. Let’s take a
quick look at how this is configured…
By default, VCF will use the first two physical NICs (vmnic0
and vmnic1) on a host for all traffic. When working with a host with multiple
physical NICs, you will need to define what the physical NICs are connected to
(VDS or N-VDS). The VDS or N-VDS will need to exist, of course.
Continue reading Multiple Physical NICs in VCF