Install Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition on vSphere with the Management Console

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VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition Management Console provides a unified installation experience for deploying VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition (TKGI) to vSphere.

Overview

The VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition Management Console is easy to use. The TKGI Management Console provides a graphical user interface that assists you with the configuration when deploying TKGI to vSphere.

The TKGI Management Console automates installation of the following:

  • Configures networking for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition
  • Deploys Ops Manager
  • Generates and registers SSL certificates
  • Deploys BOSH Director
  • Deploys Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition
  • Deploys Harbor Registry

The TKGI Management Console is provided as a virtual appliance that you deploy to vSphere by using an OVA template. If you are experienced with installing TKGI on vSphere, the help and the tool tips in the installer UI should be enough to complete the process. If you are new to TKGI, refer to the following documentation as needed to assist with the installation:

Decide When to Use TKGI Management Console

The TKGI Management Console greatly simplifies the process of deploying Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition, but whether you should use the management console depends on your situation.

When Should I Use Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition Management Console?

Use the TKGI Management Console to greatly simplify deploying Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition to less complex environments.

Users on vSphere who do not have a custom Ops Manager installation may prefer to install TKGI using the TKGI Management Console.

When Should I Not Use Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition Management Console?

Users who already have Ops Manager installed for other uses, for example to run VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs, might prefer to install TKGI using Ops Manager. Also, if you require more flexibility in configuring your TKGI deployment, especially in complex NSX-T Data Center deployments, it might be more appropriate to install TKGI using Ops Manager.

Do not use the TKGI Management Console if any the following conditions apply to your environment, they are not supported:

  • Deployments to a No-NAT topology with a vSphere Standard Switch or a vSphere Distributed Switch.
  • Multi-Foundation deployments.

Before using TKGI Management Console to deploy TKGI, consider the following factors:

For information about the supported topologies for a manual installation, see NSX-T Deployment Topologies for TKGI.

Use the TKGI Management Console After Installing TKGI

After you have deployed Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition on vSphere, you can use the TKGI Management Console to deploy Kubernetes clusters and manage their lifecycle, and monitor and manage the operation of your Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition deployment. For information about how to use the TKGI Management Console after deployment, see the following topics:


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