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TAM Lab YouTube channel

  • simon 

I work as a VMware TAM, an organisation within VMware with a sole focus to use it’s super powers to help customers achieve great things with their investments in VMware technology.  Outside of the day job it also fosters a community that are always super keen to share best practices and neat ideas with anyone who’ll listen.  One of the projects that is run by the VMware TAM teams is the TAM Lab YouTube channel.… Read More »TAM Lab YouTube channel

Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV

Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV I saw a question over on VMTN asking how to export Alert and Symptom definitions from vROPs from the GUI.  It is perfectly possible to do that with vROPs 8.1, but you are going to need to go through page after page of definitions and export them one page at a time.  The exported format is also XML. This is much much easier with access to the… Read More »Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV

Tanzu Mission Control – Adding a vSphere 7 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

  • simon 

Tanzu Mission Control – Adding a vSphere 7 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster One of the great parts of my job is that I get to collaborate and learn from some seriously clever folk in my team and across the company.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been working in the same lab as Dean Lewis.  We’ve been exploring Cloud Foundation 4, Tanzu, Bitnami, Openshift and how those components integrate with the existing VMware SDDC portfolio. Tanzu… Read More »Tanzu Mission Control – Adding a vSphere 7 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

vROPs management pack for Container monitoring

  • simon 

vROPs management pack for Container monitoring Available on the VMware solution exchange is a Management pack for monitoring containers, I recently had a look at Project Octant as a cool way to visualise a Kubernetes cluster and even troubleshoot issues.  Octant gives a great view of the cluster, but perhaps not in the wider infrastructure context, so I wanted to install and look at vROPs monitoring the Tanzu Kubernetes clusters I’ve deployed. cAdvisor Installation The… Read More »vROPs management pack for Container monitoring

Project Octant – Graphical User Interface for Kubernetes

Project Octant – Graphical User Interface for Kubernetes By introducing new layers of abstraction through kubernetes, it is possible that this comes with additional complexity. Project Octant is a useful tool to add to the arsenal when trying to navigate how resources within a kubernetes cluster hang together, to describe kubernetes clusters in a manner that is perhaps more friendly to existing operation teams. Octant is a tool for developers to understand how applications run… Read More »Project Octant – Graphical User Interface for Kubernetes

Deploying an application using Kubeapps to Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

  • simon 

Deploying an application using Kubeapps to Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster Last post we deployed kubeapps to TKG.  This time we’re going to use it to deploy something. Create a new namespace from kubeapps Browse the catalog for WordPress, review and submit for deployment Troubleshoot and fix the deployment Monitor to completion and login Create a new namespace from kubeapps Somewhat out of the eyeline within kubeapps is the namespace selector, if we want to deploy applications… Read More »Deploying an application using Kubeapps to Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

Use an image hosted on Harbor – vSphere image registry

  • simon 

Use an image hosted on Harbor – vSphere image registry Last post I added an image to the vSphere image registry, which is great – but how can I actually use that image? The image I uploaded was for busybox, which provides access to a range of simple UNIX tools.  What I’m going to demonstrate is how to run the image from the image repository, demonstrate some basic commands in the busybox pod and how… Read More »Use an image hosted on Harbor – vSphere image registry

Push an image to Harbor – vSphere embedded image registry

  • simon 

Push an image to the vSphere embedded image registry Harbor is used to provide an image registry service to namespaces provisioned on vSphere – it can be deployed from a single click within the vSphere cluster configuration.  Once it has been deployed, you’ll be presented with a link to connect to the Harbor UI. Login to Harbor UI using vSphere SSO credentials, browse to the project and repository you want to work with and download… Read More »Push an image to Harbor – vSphere embedded image registry

vSphere Kubernetes – Force deleting stuck ‘terminating’ namespaces and contexts

  • simon 

Like many vSphere administrators and architects following the release of vSphere 7 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4 I’ve been upgrading my lab and starting to play with the VMware Tanzu Portfolio.  I’m not going to detail how to get that working, Cormac Hogan and David Stamen have put together great guides for that.  This post is just posting a fix for a problem that I’ve encountered in the lab Namespaces and Contexts stuck ‘terminating’ Something… Read More »vSphere Kubernetes – Force deleting stuck ‘terminating’ namespaces and contexts

vSAN Orphaned Objects

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I recently got asked a question about how to managed orphaned objects in vSAN, previously with VMFS this was being managed with a PowerShell script, but the customer couldn’t get it to work with vSAN.  Which is expected behaviour as managing these vSAN namespace associations/objects is not possible via the GUI or script. Instead these namespaces can be managed using RVC or the Ruby vSphere Console if required. The following blog details the use of… Read More »vSAN Orphaned Objects