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Using multiple availability zones for a workload cluster in TKG 1.4 on vSphere

Before TKG 1.4, when you provisioned workload clusters on vSphere, the nodes mostly ended up randomly spread out across the available ESXi hosts. This wouldn’t provide the best experience when you’re planning for DR scenarios and want to ensure some redundancy. There is now the ability to spread nodes across multiple clusters within a single …

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Upgrading from TKG 1.3 to 1.4 (including extensions) on vSphere

Tanzu Kuberentes Grid (TKG) 1.4 was just released on September 9th, 2021 and I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin. You can read all about the new features in the Release Notes and be sure to check out the updated documentation as there are several changes to how things work from 1.3. My …

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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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Using autoscaler functionality in Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 1.2.1

The 1.2.1 release of TKG does not come with many new features over the 1.2.0 release but one very important one is the inclusion of autoscaler functionality. Enabling and configuring it on your cluster is fairly straightforward and I’ll walk through it in this post. My TKG 1.2.1 deployment is running on top of vSphere …

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Attaching a vSphere 7.0 with Tanzu supervisor cluster to Tanzu Mission Control and creating new Tanzu Kubernetes clusters

Adding a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster to TMC management as an attached cluster has been possible for quite a while. You didn’t have the same level of control as you would for a cluster created by TMC on AWS but it at least provided some visibility and the policy functionality provided by TMC. As of yesterday, …

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