Tanzu Kubernetes on vCenter 7 – Deploy Guest Cluster

Now that we have the supervisor cluster up and running and our namespace created, we can deploy a guest cluster via the CLI. I installed an ubuntu 20 vm in vCenter for use as my jumpbox. I installed kubectl and the vsphere plugin in this environment. There are windows plugins and plugins for all the linux distros as well.

Install kubectl and vsphere plugin on jump server


You can download and install kubectl very easily (in linux) with these commands:

curl -LO "https://dl.k8s.io/release/$(curl -L -s https://dl.k8s.io/release/stable.txt)/bin/linux/amd64/kubectl"
sudo mv kubectl /usr/local/bin/kubectl
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/kubectl
kubectl version

vSphere Plugin

The easiest way to download this is to navigate to the supervisor cluster’s floating IP address. In my case it is

Select your OS and download the cli plugin. Upload to your jump box, and running the following commands.
sudo mv kubectl-vsphere /usr/local/bin/kubectl-vsphere
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/kubectl-vsphere
kubectl vsphere

Login to Supervisor Cluster

OPTIONAL: Set Environment variable for vsphere password.

echo "KUBECTL_VSPHERE_PASSWORD='supersecretpassword123'" >> /etc/environment

Log into supervisor cluster and verify cluster is healthy

kubectl vsphere login --vsphere-username administrator@vsphere.local --server= --insecure-skip-tls-verify
kubectl config use-context dev
kubectl get pods --all-namespaces ### Should see a list of all the pods running
kubectl get nodes ### Everything should show Ready
kubectl get tanzukubernetesreleases ###Checkout the latest releases

Create yaml file to build guest cluster

Create a file called guest_cluster.yaml with the following content

apiVersion: run.tanzu.vmware.com/v1alpha1
kind: TanzuKubernetesCluster
  name: tkg-cluster-01
      count: 1
      class: best-effort-small
      storageClass: vsan-default-storage-policy
      count: 2
      class: best-effort-small
      storageClass: vsan-default-storage-policy
    version: v1.20.7

Deploy TKGs guest cluster

kubectl apply -f guest_cluster_tkgs.yaml
kubectl get cluster ### View the cluster status
kubectl get tanzukubernetescluster ### View the cluster status
Guest cluster is deploying
Still provisioning the cluster
Should be able to see the new vms spinning up in vCenter

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