Monday, January 22, 2018

vSphere Integrated Containers – VCH Wizard


With the increase of user’s adoption of vSphere Integrated Containers, it became clear a new consumption model of Virtual Container Hosts (VCH) is needed. There was nothing wrong with the VIC Engine Bundle command line, but due to VIC powerful features, sometimes, VIC creation command line string is just too long.

In order to provide an easier, faster and agile way for initial setup, VIC 1.3 brought a new VCH creation/deletion Wizard !!!


This Wizard is part of the new VIC Plugin for vCenter HTML5 UI, so, don't forget to install/upgrade the plugin to version 1.3 before start using it.

A new “+  New Virtual Container Host” action is available on the Virtual Container Hosts tab where you can initiate the creation of your VCHs any time.

 
Once started, the Wizard will guide you throughout all the sections related to VCH and on the right will be shown the specifics about each section.

Some sections also provide advanced parameters to be configured, just expand it to configure them, otherwise default values will be used instead.

 
On the Storage section, a good practice is to always have one volume named “Default”, eliminating the need to explicitly tell datastore names during container’s volume use.


The network section is where you have the most interesting things, don't forget to hit Advanced to see it all

 
There you can find the options to configure Container networks, firewall behavior and optional VCH networks, like management and client networks.

There's also an entire section dedicated to protect your VCH with TLS.


You can also grant the required privileges of the operations user on demand.


Double check the details on the Summary, if everything is fine just hit Finish



One nice touch is during the creation of VCH, you can watch the log live, just expands the VCH details.



If you are a fan of VIC Engine Bundle, don’t worry the script still available and you can still use it to create VCHs.


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