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
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
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
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
Although VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) will automatically
download the software bundles once connected to the Internet, there are times
that you may wish to manually inject the software bundles into the SDDC Manager
using the API.
After the initial deployment of VCF is completed, additional
bundles may be required to enable optional functionality. For example, the
bundles for Horizon, PKS, and vRealize Automation are optional and would be
downloaded and then installed as needed. Because these bundles can be quite
large and VCF downloads them in a serial fashion, it can be faster at times to inject
the bundles into VCF manually through the API.
Continue reading Manually Uploading VCF Bundles