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Automated deployment of Virtual Container Host (VCH) using vRealize Automation (vRA)

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In our previous posts, we saw the option to deploy the VCH using CLI utility, vSphere client etc. In this post, we see an option to automate the VCH deployment using vRealize Automation ( vRA)

Background:  The current automated world requires the seamless and fastest deployment of its infrastructure. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers gives developers an essential tool for streamlining the process of building and running containerized applications in production.  The deployment of VCH is done through various methods as we see in our previous posts. But in this post, we are going to see how to automate the VCH deployment and the first VCH in few mouse clicks. By using the service catalog in vRealize Automation to provision Virtual Container Hosts on-demand as a ticketless offer, you can make your developers self-sufficient.

The vRealize Automation 7.4 and later versions support provisioning and management of Virtual Container Hosts(VCH) for running vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC…

The role of VMware Integrated Containers in real life scenario - PART 3

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Virtual Container Host Deployment using the "vic-machine" Utility - VMware Integrated Containers
In our previous posts, we saw the steps to deploy VIC appliance and deploying the VCH from vSphere client. In this post, we will see the steps to deploy the VCH using the "vic-machine" CLI Utility 

Refernce: https://github.com/rdjagadeesh/vic_homelab/

Once we deploy the vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) appliance, access the VIC appliance IP from the browser and we land on the below page. From this page, we can download the vSphere Integrated Containers Engine bundle from the appliance and unpack it on the workstation/laptop/ jump host where we connect to our vSphere environment.




Unpack the downloaded bundle 


The bundle included the following contents and utilities  



The VIC bundle includes the vic-machine CLI utility. We use "vic-machine" to deploy and manage virtual container hosts (VCHs) at the command line.

Procedure: 
Open a terminal on the system on which we d…

How can VMware Integrated Containers be useful in real life scenario - PART2

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In this post we see the options to deploy the Virtual Container Hosts ( VCH)

Ref: https://github.com/rdjagadeesh/vic_homelab/

The previous post talks about vSphere Integrated Containers and their benefits. The VIC offers a robust solution that enables the vSphere environment to quickly get containers up and running in their current vSphere infrastructure. This environment can be useful for migrating current apps to containers or for in-house development.
Architecture In a traditional container environment, containers run as threads within the container host. vSphere Integrated Containers leverage the native constructs of vSphere for provisioning container-based applications into its own container running its own very minimal Linux kernel with just enough code to run a Docker image, thus preventing any issue with containers being accessed from other containers by pushing isolation of the container down to the hypervisor layer that is much better at handling this type of isolation.

This…

How can VMware Integrated Containers be useful in real life scenario - PART1

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What is VIC:
VIC - vSphere Integrated Containers enable IT, teams, to seamlessly run traditional workloads and container workloads side-by-side on existing vSphere infrastructure.
The solution is delivered in the form of an appliance just like any other VMware mgmt solution. The appliance comprises of, 
vSphere Integrated Containers Engine, a container runtime for vSphere that allows you to provision containers as virtual machines, offering the same security and functionality of virtual machines in VMware ESXi™ hosts or vCenter Server® instances.vSphere Integrated Containers Plug-In for vSphere Client, that provides information about your vSphere Integrated Containers set up and allows you to deploy virtual container hosts directly from the vSphere Client.vSphere Integrated Containers Registry (Harbor), an enterprise-class container registry server that stores and distributes container images. vSphere Integrated Containers Registry extends the Docker Distribution open source project by a…