Using Docker Registries
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This topic describes how to configure Ops Manager to access Docker registries such as Docker Hub, by using either a root certificate authority (CA) certificate or by adding its IP address to an allowlist. It also explains how to configure Ops Manager to access Docker registries through a proxy.
Docker registries store Docker container images. Ops Manager uses these images to create the Docker containers that it runs apps in.
Prerequisite: Enable Docker Support
Ops Manager can only access Docker registries if an operator has enabled Docker support with the
cf enable-feature-flag diego_docker command, as described in the Enable Docker section of the Using Docker in TAS for VMs topic.
With Docker enabled, developers can push an app with a Docker image using the Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (cf CLI). For more information, see Deploying an App with Docker.
Use a CA Certificate
If you provide your root CA certificate in the Ops Manager configuration:
In the Ops Manager Installation Dashboard, click the BOSH Director tile.
In the Trusted Certificates field, paste one or more root CA certificates. The Docker registry does not use the CA certificate itself but uses a certificate that is signed by the CA certificate.
Choose one of the following:
- If you are configuring Ops Manager for the first time, return to your specific IaaS installation instructions (AWS, Azure, GCP, OpenStack, vSphere) to continue the installation process.
- If you are modifying an existing Ops Manager installation, return to the Ops Manager Installation Dashboard, click Review Pending Changes, and click Apply Changes.
After configuration, BOSH propagates your CA certificate to all application containers in your deployment. You can then push and pull images from your Docker registries.
Use an IP Address Allow List
If you choose not to provide a CA certificate, you must provide the IP address of your Docker registry.
Note: Using an allow list skips SSL validation. If you want to enforce SSL validation, enter the IP address of the Docker registry in the No proxy field described in Configure Ops Manager to Access Proxies for Docker Registries.
To configure an IP address allow list with the IP address of your Docker registry:
Navigate to the Ops Manager Installation Dashboard.
Click the VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs (TAS for VMs) tile.
Select App Containers.
Select Allow SSH access to app containers to enable app containers to accept SSH connections. If you use a load balancer instead of HAProxy, you must open port 2222 on your load balancer to enable SSH traffic. To open an SSH connection to an app, a user must have Space Developer privileges for the space where the app is deployed. Operators can grant those privileges in Apps Manager or using the cf CLI.
For Private Docker insecure registry allow list, provide the hostname or IP address and port that point to your private Docker registry. For example, enter
mydockerregistry.com:80. Enter multiple entries in a comma-delimited sequence. SSL validation is ignored for private Docker image registries secured with self-signed certificates at these locations.
Under Docker images disk cleanup scheduling on Diego Cell VMs, choose one of the options listed below. For more information about these options, see Configuring Docker Images Disk-Cleanup Scheduling.
- Never clean up Diego Cell disk space
- Routinely clean up Diego Cell disk space
- Clean up disk space once threshold is reached. If you choose this option, enter the amount of disk space limit the Diego Cell must reach before disk cleanup initiates under Reserved disk space for other jobs.
Choose one of the following:
- If you are configuring TAS for VMs for the first time, return to your specific IaaS installation instructions (AWS, Azure, GCP, OpenStack, vSphere) to continue the installation process.
- If you are modifying an existing TAS for VMs installation, return to the Ops Manager Installation Dashboard, click Review Pending Changes, and click Apply Changes.
After configuration, TAS for VMs allows Docker images to pass through the specified IP address without checking certificates.
Configure Ops Manager to Access Proxies for Docker Registries
If you have proxies already set up for Docker registries, you should configure Ops Manager to access your Docker registries through a proxy.
To configure Ops Manager to access a Docker registry through a proxy:
On the Installation Dashboard, navigate to USERNAME > Settings > Proxy Settings.
On the Update Proxy Settings pane, complete one of the following fields:
- HTTP proxy: If you have an HTTP proxy server for your Docker registry, enter its IP address.
- HTTPS proxy: If you have an HTTPS proxy server for your Docker registry, enter its IP address.
- No proxy: If you do not use a proxy server, enter the IP address for the Docker registry. This field may already contain proxy settings for the BOSH Director.
Enter multiple IP addresses as a comma-separated list.
Return to the Ops Manager dashboard, click Review Pending Changes, and click Apply Changes.