How to: VMware VCF NSX backup to external destination

By default, VCF will back up NSX configuration to itself. However, we should point it to an external location. This is a File-Based Backup of SDDC Manager and NSX Manager. When you first log into VCF SDDC manager, you will see an Orange banner with information to reconfigure it to point to an external file …

Deploy onprem cloud with VMware VCF 3.9.1 on VxRail 4.7.410

Do the VxRail bring up till you see Hooray! This assumes you have plumbed your physical networks with VLANs and an upstream router. The VxRail validation check prior to deployment verifies ip’s subnets, gateway, vlan’s and reach-ability. You will have VLAN for management, vMotion, vSAN, and guest or prod / dev VM_network. Once VxRail initial …

PowerSwitch 5248F-ON Let’s make some VLAN’s

Before we begin, it’s always a great idea to have a physical drawing or make a physical drawing based on information you eyeball or able to gather using show lldp neighbor commands. Below is a drawing I created, that I will be using for a guide. In this demonstration, we will be focused on the …

Update VMware VCF 4.0.0.1 to 4.0.1 on VxRail.

Log into VCF and put ensure there are valid credentials to download bundles by selecting Repository Settings and verify My VMware Account Authentication. Select Repository > Bundle Management and download the bundle. After bundle download completes, navigate to Inventory > Workload Domains and select the workload domain to be updated. Notice far right, there is …

Octant install for visibility into kubernetes on VCF VxRail

I will be doing this from the context of a Windows jump VM. It’s running Windows Server 2019. Open PowerShell and Run as Administrator. Install Chocolately so we can install Octant. Instructions here: https://chocolatey.org/docs/installation Chocolatey (Choco.exe) command is now installed. Let’s close this windos and open a new instance of PowerShell as Administrator. New instance …

Let’s make a VLAN backed NSX-T logical segment.

The setup is deployed on VMware VCF 4.0 on DellEMC VxRail 7.0. As part of the bring up, you have enabled (Application Virtual Network) AVN networks. This is a fancy way of saying the Tier 0 and Tier 1 router have been deployed and configured to allow network segments to span to different regions. In …

Kubernetes: VCF 4.0 on VxRail 7. SSH into a pod

The last blog post, I showed how to provision a pod containing SSH service. I want to do this so that I can then get basic dial-tone access into a pod so I can test and view networking aspects of the pod. This will help me get a better understanding of what’s going on with …

Push image to Docker.com and then deploy via Kubernetes.

The last article we deployed a image to a local Harbor repository. While some might consider that more challenging, I’m going to do something similar here. We will push our image to Docker.com We will then create a namespace in kubernetes and pull the image from Docker. Go to Docker.com and create your account. Using …

Harbor registry on VCF 4 with Kubernetes

If you have previously reviewed my other blog post, you’ll notice that we have stood up VMware vCenter 7 with Kubernetes. VSphere 7 with Kubernetes provides first class native workloads in VMware much like VM’s. Now, what do we do? Well, we need to create or source a image from somewhere. Often folks will store …

Kubernetes and vMotion: what happens?

VMware 7.0 with kubernetes has been deployed. Someone asked me what happens during a ESX vMotion? Does the pod migrate? not quite. While it will spin up a new pod on a different node, that’s not a vMotion. If you want that data to be persistent, make sure your application has a persistent volume claim. …