Create NSX-T Edge cluster using PowerVCF

Here we will install a NSX-T Edge cluster using VMware Cloud Foundation version 4. This can be done on VCF on vSAN ready nodes such as Dell EMC PowerEdge. Here I will create the NSX-T edge cluster using VCF on VxRail. Download and install PowerVCF using powershell. > Install-Module -Name PowerVCF Make a connection to …

Postman NSX-T edge cluster on VCF 4 VxRail 7

Have you ever wanted to save a little time by using REST API in VMware Cloud Foundation to create a NSX-T edge cluster? Yes, we could do this using the GUI. However, I often have to create and re-create the NSX Edge cluster for various reasons. To date, I’ve been using the GUI and simply …

How to deploy VMware HCX: Workload Mobility, Hybrid Cloud

My on premise datacenter is running VMware VCF 3.9.1 on VxRail 4.7.410. We want to deploy VMware HCX OVA into the on-premise datacenter and then connect to a cloud remote instance of HCX. There will be two instances of HCX. One in the cloud and one instance in your datacenter. Below is the on-prem datacenter. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …