vSphere with Tanzu Overview

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Using vSphere with Tanzu and TMC, you can simplify operation of Kubernetes for multi-cloud deployment, centralizing management and governance for many clusters and teams across on-premises, public clouds and edge.

What is vSphere with Tanzu?

You can use vSphere with Tanzu to transform vSphere to a platform for running native Kubernetes workloads. When enabled on a vSphere cluster, vSphere with Tanzu integrates Kubernetes clusters with vSphere storage, networking, and compute resources via standard Kubernetes mechanisms. This allows developers to deploy Kubernetes workloads with no knowledge of the underlying infrastructure while IT continues to provide trusted services from vSphere. Additionally, Kubernetes workloads can be run directly on the ESXi hosts to ensure maximum performance and meet security requirements.

What is Tanzu Mission Control (TMC)?


VMware Tanzu Mission Control is a centralized management platform for consistently operating and securing your Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications across multiple teams and clouds.

Available through VMware Cloud services, Tanzu Mission Control provides operators with a single control point to give developers the independence they need to drive business forward, while ensuring consistent management and operations across environments for increased security and governance.


When using the walkthrough, please do NOT create more than 1 Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster.

Also, we encourage everyone to use the My Documents folder located on the VMware Tanzu Horizon Desktop to store yaml files and container images. This folder is persistent which means that users can retrieve their stored application data across multiple sessions.

Accessing vSphere with Tanzu Demo

Your environment is currently being setup. Once the login button is highlighted in blue, click GO! to start the experience.

As part of this experience, we will provision your TMC and vSphere with Tanzu accounts that are valid for 48 hours in a single session. Once the time expires, you can re-enable access by following the same method.

Login to VMware Horizon

Use the Testdrive Credentials provided in the Login Credentials menu on the top right corner to sign-in to VMware Horizon.

  1. Click the copy icon next to the username to copy
  2. Paste it on the Horizon username field by clicking on it, followed by pressing CTRL+v (Windows) or Command (⌘) + v (macOS) on your keyboard
  3. Next, click the copy icon next to the password to copy
  4. Paste it on the Horizon password field by clicking on it, followed by pressing CTRL+v (Windows) or  Command (⌘) + v (macOS) on your keyboard
  5. Click Login to access

Other pasting options:

  • Windows: use right-click on your mouse/ trackpad and select Paste
  • macOS: press and hold the control key while you click the Horizon username/password field and select Paste

Launch VMware Tanzu Desktop

Once logged in, search for 'VMware Tanzu' on the Apps Tab and click on  the Horizon  Desktop to launch it on your Browser. To launch the Desktop  using Horizon Client, click on the Info (i) button and select the  'Client' option.

At this point you can begin the walkthrough steps listed next.

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