How to enable and use a custom S3 or S3-compatible storage location for Data Protection backups in TMC

In my previous post, Enable and use Data Protection in TMC, I walked through the process of using the Data Protection feature in TMC to backup and restore a workload. While this works great, it has a limitation in that you must use an Amazon S3 bucket for the backup storage location. While this might …

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Backup vSphere Persistent Volumes with Velero and the Velero Plugin for vSphere

The 1.1.1 version of the Velero Plugin for vSphere was just released and I had been waiting for it as I needed the ability to backup vSphere persistent volumes on Kubernetes 1.20.x and to use an untrusted certificate with my S3 storage location. Since both of these concerns were addressed in this version, I quickly …

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How to configure external-dns with Microsoft DNS in TKG 1.3 (plus Harbor and Contour)

External-DNS is an open source project that is newly included in TKG 1.3. External-DNS synchronizes exposed Kubernetes Services and Ingresses with DNS providers. TKG 1.3 uses external-DNS to assist with service discovery as it will automatically create DNS records for httpproxy resources created via Contour in TKG. AWS (Route53), Azure, and RFC2136 (BIND) are currently …

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Installing Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 1.3 on vSphere with NSX Advanced Load Balancer

In my earlier post, Deploying NSX Advanced Load Balancer for use with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and vSphere with Tanzu, I got NSX ALB up and running in a configuration that could be used for either vSphere with Tanzu or Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. In this post, I’ll go through the process of installing TKG 1.3 while …

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Deploying vSphere 7.0 U2 with Tanzu while using NSX Advanced Load Balancer

In one of my earlier posts, How to install vSphere with Tanzu with vSphere Networking, I did a walkthrough of installing vSphere with Tanzu 7.0 U1 and using HAProxy as the Load Balancer solution. I’m going at it again but in 7.0 U2 we now support using NSX Advanced Load Balancer (formerly Avi Vantage) for …

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Deploying NSX Advanced Load Balancer for use with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and vSphere with Tanzu

With regards to VMware’s Kubernetes offerings, providing load balancing services to your workloads has been a bit tricky. If you were using Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition or vSphere with Tanzu, and had NSX-T in the mix, you were covered. vSphere with Tanzu, 7.0 U1 release, provided support for vSphere networking and HAProxy for load …

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Provision and upgrade WCP clusters via TMC

In my previous post Attaching a vSphere 7.0 with Tanzu supervisor cluster to Tanzu Mission Control and creating new Tanzu Kubernetes clusters, I walked through the process of registering a vSphere 7.0 with Tanzu supervisor cluster to Tanzu Mission Control for the purpose of creating and managing workload clusters. Since then, I’ve spent some more …

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