Pivotal Cloud Foundry v1.11

Deploying PCF Runtime for Windows

This topic describes how to install and configure the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) Runtime for Windows v1.11 tile. The PCF Runtime for Windows tile installs Windows cells on your PCF deployment.


To install the PCF Runtime for Windows v1.11 tile, you must have Ops Manager v1.11.0 or later and Elastic Runtime v1.11.0 or later deployed to vSphere, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or Azure.

Step 1: Confirm Elastic Runtime Settings

There are two settings in the Elastic Runtime tile that affect the Windows cells installed by the PCF Runtime for Windows tile. Configure these settings as desired:

  • In the Networking section, if you select the Disable SSL certificate verification for this environment checkbox, SSL certificate verification is disabled for Windows cells.
  • In the System Logging section, if you configure an external syslog aggregator, logs are drained from Windows cells as well as non-Windows cells.

Step 2: Install the Tile

  1. Download the product file from the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Runtime for Windows section of Pivotal Network.

  2. Navigate to the Ops Manager Installation Dashboard and click Import a Product to upload the product file.

  3. Click + under the uploaded PCF Windows Runtime tile to add it to your staging area.

Step 3: Configure and Deploy the Tile

  1. Click the newly added PCF Runtime for Windows tile.

    Pcf windows tile orange

  2. Click Assign AZs and Networks or Assign Networks. The name of the section varies depending on your IaaS.

  3. Assign your AZs and networks and click Save.

  4. (Optional) If you want your PCF Runtime for Windows application workloads to be deployed to an isolation segment, perform the following steps:

    1. Click Application Containers.

      App containers segment name

    2. Under Segment Name, enter a name for your isolation segment. Ensure that this name is unique across your PCF deployment.

    3. Click Save.

    4. Perform the steps in the Create an Isolation Segment section of the Managing Isolation Segments topic to create the isolation segment in the Cloud Controller Database (CCDB).

  5. (Optional) If an antivirus scanner runs on your VMs, configure the scanner to let the BOSH agent download and uncompress files. See Configure Antivirus for Windows Cells for details.

  6. Click Errands. Pivotal recommends that you set the Install HWC Buildpack Errand to On. This ensures that you receive the most up-to-date HWC Buildpack.

    Errands hwc

  7. Click Resource Config and adjust the number and VM types of your Windows cells as needed.

  8. Click Save.

  9. Click Stemcell. Record the stemcell version number required by the tile.

    Pcf windows tile stemcell

  10. Retrieve the stemcell by following the steps below for your IaaS.

  11. Click Save.

  12. Return to the Ops Manager Installation Dashboard and click Apply Changes to install the PCF Runtime for Windows tile.

After you have deployed the PCF Runtime for Windows tile, developers can then push .NET applications to Windows cells. For more information, see the Deploying .NET Apps to Windows Cells topic.

Configure Antivirus for Windows Cells

Diego cell VMs routinely download and uncompress files, while antivirus scanners scan files once they are downloaded or uncompressed. When an antivirus scanner program runs in a directory that BOSH is actively downloading or compressing into, scanner actions can block BOSH processes and cause hard-to-debug “Access is denied” errors.

To prevent these errors, configure your antivirus scanner to disable on-access scanning for the following directories on your Windows cell:

  • C:\bosh
  • C:\var\vcap
  • C:\containerizer
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