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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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Migrating a TKG cluster control-plane endpoint from kube-vip to NSX-ALB

With the introduction of TKG 1.4 you can now use NSX Advanced Load Balancer (NSA ALB) to supply the control plane endpoint VIP instead of kube-proxy. This is a great advancement but it’s not clear how to take advantage of this feature for upgraded management and workload clusters. In this post, I’ll walk through the …

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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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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 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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