Category Archives: PKS

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PKS Pivotal Container Service 1.0 GA

PKS 1.0 has gone GA on the 8 Feb 2018! Its kinda weird that there is not much announcement on the web.

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I am super excited about PKS as it has native integration with NSX-T!


  • Create, resize, delete, list, and show clusters through the PKS CLI
  • Native support for NSX-T and Flannel
  • Easily obtain kubeconfigs to use each cluster
  • Use kubectl to view the Kubernetes dashboard
  • Define plans that pre-configure VM size, authentication, default number of workers, and addons when creating Kubernetes clusters
  • User/Admin configurations for access to PKS API
  • Centralized logging through syslog

In the following blog post, I’m going to start blogging about my experience on installing PKS 1.0 on my existing NSX-T 2.1 setup. I think its going to be fun.

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NSX-T 2.1 for PKS and PCF 2.0 Lab

Screen Shot 2017-12-17 at 2.43.30 PMFrom VMware PKS architecture, slide from VMworld 2017 US, you can see there is NSX to provide the network & security services for BOSH. To be more precise, this is going to be NSX-T. In the following few posts, I will cover setting up the vSphere Lab and prepare the hosts for NSX-T, and be ready for PKS.


Introducing NSX-T 2.1 with Pivotal Integration

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As you might have guess it by now, the version of NSX-T I will be using the lab will be 2.1 which supports PCF2.0 and PKS, specially I want to understand the CNI plugin.

Stay tune. In the next few posts, I will cover the installation of vSphere, NSX-T, PCF and PKS.



My First KUBO Deployment – PKS

Pivotal Container Service (PKS) was announced in VMworld 2017 US. Its not GA yet but through the VMworld CNA sessions, I learnt that its going to use BOSH to spin up Kubernetes cluster, thus the name KUBO – Kubernetes on BOSH. Through my googling, I saw my fellow colleague Simon from Ireland had the same thinking and did a fantastic job in detailing in the installation steps required to get KUBO up and running.


My First KUBO Deployment Screenshots

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Below you can see the kubernetes cluster spun up by BOSH. I had to scale down some of the nodes due to the limited amount of Memory and Storage resources I had.


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Below show the vSphere resources. Almost consuming all resources on my 64GB RAM, 1TB Storage Host.

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The screenshot below shows the amount of storage those k8s nodes consume.

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This is the worker node. You can identify from the Custom Attributes. 121.2GB Storage Used. Ouch!


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Thats about it. Next I will be setting up NSX-T for PKS. Follow the very good guide by Simon Guyennet –