Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Clusters As-A-Service with vRealize Automation OOTB integration with vSphere with Tanzu.

In this blog I m going to cover how vRealize Automation / vRealize Automation Cloud integrate out of the box with vSphere with Tanzu that will help empower DevOps teams to easily request, provision and operate a Tanzu Kubernets Grid (TKG) as a service.


vRealize Automation is a Multi-Cloud modern infrastructure automation platform with event-driven state management, designed to help organizations control and secure self-service for Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud automation with governance with a DevOps based infrastructure delivery approach.

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It helps improve IT agility, productivity and efficiency so you can prepare for the future of your business, providing organizations a consistent way of automation across cloud and data centers. Read More!

As for vSphere 7 with Tanzu, its considered the biggest release of vSphere in over a decade. It enables millions of IT administrators across the globe to get started with Kubernetes workloads within an hour give or take.

Its truly a new generation of vSphere for containerized applications and the fastest path to Kubernetes. This single, streamlined solution bridges the gap between IT operations and developers with a new kind of infrastructure for modern, cloud-native application both on premises and in public clouds.

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On one side it empower developers with secure, self-service access to a fully compliant and conformant Kubernetes API and on the other side it empower IT Operators with visibility into Kubernetes workloads and clusters and it allows them to manage policies for an entire group of VMs, Containers or both with a unified platform. Read More!


  • A Tanzu Basic vSphere 7.0.3 Update 3e environment is what I am using here, with Workload Management enabled.
  • An instance of vRealize Automation 8.6.1 or higher on premises Or vRealize Automation Cloud (SaaS).

Step-by-Step Flowchart

To simplify the steps I have created a flowchart as a reference that we will be going through to outline and explain all the needed steps, describing each step with screenshots to help you follow along to configure the integration and allows you to provision both Supervisor Namespaces and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Clusters using vRealize Automation.

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But Wait, There’s More!

Make sure to watch my video for this blog post on YouTube If you want to see me going over the above step-by-step flowchart and doing a live demo provisioning a Supervisor Namespace , A Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster from vRealize Automation using VMware Cloud Templates and the Self-Service Portal.

I will also be deploying a Kubernetes Voting-App on the provisioned Kubernetes Cluster from the command line using Kubectl.

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vRealize Automation 8.1 Multi-Tenancy Setup with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.1

Today VMware is releasing VMware vRealize Automation 8.1 , the latest release of VMware’s industry-leading, modern infrastructure automation platform.

This release delivers new and enhanced capabilities to enable IT/Cloud admins, DevOps admins, and SREs to further accelerate their on-going datacenter infrastructure modernization and cloud migration initiatives, focused on the following key use cases:

  • Self-service hybrid cloud, multi-cloud automation, infrastructure DevOps, and Kubernetes infrastructure automation.
  • vRealize Automation 8.1 supports the latest release of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 to enable self-service automation and infrastructure DevOps for VMware Cloud-based private and hybrid clouds.
  • Integration with vSphere 7.0 with Kubernetes to automate Kubernetes supervisor cluster and namespace management.

But wait there is more…

We are also releasing VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.1, the latest release of the lifecycle management and automation platform for VMware vRealize Suite.

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager delivers a comprehensive, integrated product and content lifecycle management solution for vRealize Suite, helping customers to speed up deployments and updates, optimize and automate ongoing product and content management, and apply Day 0 to Day 2 operational best practices across all components of vRealize Suite.

Some of the other new enhancements we are introducing in vRSLCM 8.1 are :

  • Product references : Product details page will have now a new tab listing all inter-product integration(s).
  • Inventory Sync : Provided now on the environment level to trigger the sync on all products within the managed environment instead of triggering it on every product which we can still do if we want to Sync one product.
  • Global Environment vIDM Day 2 actions : The global environment vIDM View Details page will have now the Trigger Cluster Health, Power On and Power Off Day 2 Operations for single and cluster vIDM Deployment.
  • All Products Day 2 actions : All products under environments will have now Re-Trust With Identity Manager ( Whenever vIDM Certificate Changes ) and  Re-Register With Identity Manager (Whenever vIDM FQDN Changes )Day 2 Operations.

In this vBlog I’m covering vRealize Automation Multi-Tenancy, its requirement and the setup workflow you need to follow for enabling dedicated infrastructure multi-tenancy for vRealize Automation 8.1, leveraging vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.1 which offers our customers more flexibility, control and security around tenant management.

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Important Notes

  • Certificate update/replace operation. A change in vIDM certificate requires re-trust of vIDM certificate on all products/services currently integrated with it. While updating certificate, user(s) are provided with an option to choose all currently referenced products to opt-in for re-trust.
  • Enabling tenancy. Once tenancy is enabled, vIDM can be accessed only through tenant FQDNs. All existing products/services currently integrated with vIDM must go for a re-register of vIDM against its master tenant alias FQDN. While enabling tenancy, user(s) are provided option to choose all currently referenced products to opt-in for re-register.

Please be aware that there is a typo on the Cluster deployment slide within the vRA Certificate hostname section in the video at 10:55 elapsed time , so here is the corrected version 

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Part 3: vRealize Automation 8.0 Deployment with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0

In Part 2 of my vRealize Automation 8.0 blog video series, we have upgraded vRealize Lifecycle Manager 2.1 to 8.0 by performing a side by side migration leveraging the vRealize Easy Installer while importing the management of both VMware Identity manager 3.3.0 and the vRealize Suite 2018 environment.

In this blog video we will be using vRealize Lifecycle Manager 8.0 to deploy vRealize Automation 8.0 in a new environment.

Now as for requirements you will need :

  1. vRealize Lifecycle Manager 8.0
  2. VMware Identity Manager 3.3.1
  3. A new Hostname, IP Address and a DNS record for the new vRA 8.0 appliance that the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0 will be creating.
  4. Product Mapping is set with the install and upgrade binaries for the new vRealize Suite 2019 Products.


Deployment Workflow


Please note that the installation process in the video after hitting submit is fast forwarded.

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