PCF on Azure Requirements
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This guide describes how to install Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) on Azure.
To view production-level deployment options for PCF on Azure, see the Reference Architecture for Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Azure.
The following are general requirements for deploying and managing a PCF deployment with Ops Manager and Pivotal Application Service (PAS):
A wildcard DNS record that points to your router or load balancer. Alternatively, you can use a service such as xip.io. For example,
PAS gives each application its own hostname in your app domain. With a wildcard DNS record, every hostname in your domain resolves to the IP address of your router or load balancer, and you do not need to configure an A record for each app hostname. For example, if you create a DNS record
*.example.compointing to your load balancer or router, every application deployed to the
example.comdomain resolves to the IP address of your router.
At least one wildcard TLS certificate that matches the DNS record you set up above,
Sufficient IP allocation:
- One static IP address for either HAProxy or one of your gorouters
- One IP address for each VM instance
- An additional IP address for each compilation worker
So the formula for total IPs needed is
IPs needed = static IPs + VM instances + compilation workers
Note: Pivotal recommends that you allocate at least 36 dynamic IP addresses when deploying Ops Manager and PAS. BOSH requires additional dynamic IP addresses during installation to compile and deploy VMs, install PAS, and connect to services.
One or more NTP servers if not already provided by your IaaS.
(Recommended) A network without DHCP available for deploying the PAS VMs.
Note: If you have DHCP, refer to the Troubleshooting Guide to avoid issues with your installation.
(Optional) External storage. When you deploy PCF, you can select internal file storage or external file storage, either network-accessible or IaaS-provided, as an option in the PAS tile. Pivotal recommends using external storage whenever possible. See Upgrade Considerations for Selecting File Storage in Pivotal Cloud Foundry for a discussion of how file storage location affects platform performance and stability during upgrades.
(Optional) External databases. When you deploy PCF, you can select internal or external databases for the BOSH Director and for PAS. Pivotal recommends using external databases in production deployments.
(Optional) External user stores. When you deploy PCF, you can select a SAML user store for Ops Manager or a SAML or LDAP user store for PAS, to integrate existing user accounts.
The most recent version of the Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (cf CLI).
The following are the minimum resource requirements for deploying a PCF deployment with Ops Manager and Pivotal Application Service (PAS) on Azure:
- 27 F1s
- 4 F2s
- 4 F4s
- 1 DS11v2
- 1 DS12v2
Note: Specific instance types are only supported in certain regions. See the Azure documentation for a complete list. If you are deploying PCF in a region that does not support the above instance types, see the Ops Manager API documentation atBy default, PAS deploys the number of VM instances required to run a highly available configuration of PCF. If you are deploying a test or sandbox PCF that does not require HA, then you can scale down the number of instances in your deployment. For information about the number of instances required to run a minimal, non-HA PCF deployment, see Scaling PAS.
https://YOUR-OPS-MANAGER-FQDN/docs#overriding-defaults-with-custom-disk-typesfor instructions on how to override the default VM sizes. Changing the default VM sizes may increase the cost of your deployment.
An OS disk of 120 GB for the Ops Manager VM
Note: Ops Manager v1.11 requires a Director VM with at least 8 GB memory.
To deploy PCF on Azure, you must have the Azure CLI v2.0. For instructions on how to install the Azure CLI for your operating system, see Preparing to Deploy PCF on Azure.
Pivotal recommends following the principle of least privilege by scoping privileges to the most restrictive permissions possible for a given role. See IaaS Permissions Guidelines for recommendations on how to create and scope Azure accounts for PCF.
- Azure security documentation
This site has documentation on Azure security tools. It provides a general guide to how to manage IaaS users and credentials.
Complete the following procedures to install PCF on Azure:
You can choose to deploy Ops Manager Director with an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template, or manually:
Note: Azure Government Cloud is only supported in PCF 1.10 and later.
To deploy PCF on Azure Government Cloud, see the Deploying PCF on Azure Government Cloud topic.
Note: Azure Germany is only supported in PCF 1.10.1 and later.
To deploy PCF in Azure Germany, see the Deploying PCF in Azure Germany topic.
To troubleshoot known issues when deploying PCF on Azure, see the Troubleshooting PCF on Azure topic.
You can use the Azure Portal console to remove all the components of a PCF on Azure installation.
Upgrade your Ops Manager Director as part of the upgrade process documented in the Upgrading Pivotal Cloud Foundry topic.