Today is a day where we go for another topic that is present on the latest VMware Blueprint, that covers all chapters of the VCP-DCV certification exam based on VMware vSphere 8.x. The topic is VCP-DCV on vSphere 8.x Objective 4.20 – Configure VMware vSphere with Tanzu.
The study guide page VCP8-DCV with all those individual chapters helps you with learning towards VMware certification exam (2V0-21. 23) and to became VCP-DCV on vSphere 8.x. Check the Official VMware VCP-DCV 2023 exam guide (blueprint) here. Also please check the certification requirements (depends on if you hold already a VCP etc..)
Verify prerequisites for enabling vSphere with Tanzu in your vSphere environment. To run container-based workloads natively on vSphere, as a vSphere administrator you enable vSphere clusters as Supervisors. A Supervisor has a Kubernetes layer that allows you to run Kubernetes workloads on vSphere by deploying vSphere Pods, provision Tanzu Kubernetes clusters, and VMs.
A Supervisor can run on either one or three vSphere clusters associated with vSphere Zones. Each vSphere Zone maps to one vSphere cluster, and you can deploy a Supervisor on either one or three zones. A three-zone Supervisor provides greater amount of resources for running your Kubernetes workloads and has high-availability at a vSphere cluster level that protects your workloads against cluster failure. A one-zone Supervisor has host-level high availably provided by vSphere HA and utilizes the resources of only one cluster for running your Kubernetes workloads.
- Create and Configure vSphere Clusters – A Supervisor can run on either one or three vSphere clusters associated with vSphere Zones. Each vSphere Zone maps to one vSphere cluster, and you can deploy a Supervisor on either one or three zones
- Create Storage Policies – you must create storage policies that determine the datastore placement of the Supervisor control plane VMs. More here.
- Choose and Configure the networking stack – NSX or vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) networking with a load balancer
- Create a content library
The high end workflow looks like this:
- ESXi Installation
- VCSA Installation
- Configuring vCenter
- VDS Configuration
- Storage Configuration
- HAProxy Installation
- Enabling workload management
- Create vSphere Namespace, add storage to the namespace …
Create Zones for Multi-zone Supervisor deployment
Read more here…
Configure a Supervisor Cluster & Supervisor Namespace
Deploy a workload on the TKC Cluster: https://github.com/vsphere-tmm/vsphere-with-tanzu-quick-start
Configure a vSphere Namespace for Tanzu Kubernetes releases
Load Balancer – If you use the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) network, you must configure a load balancer to support the network connectivity to workloads from client networks and to load balance traffic between Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. You can configure either NSX Advanced Load Balancer or HAProxy.
- Download the latest version of the VMware HAProxy OVA file from the VMware-HAProxy site.
There is an excellent quick start guide from VMware which helps to lab this.
Hopefully this chapter will help you to study towards VMware VCP-DCV Certification based on vSphere 8.x. Find other chapters on the main page of the guide – VCP8-DCV Study Guide Page.
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