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Create a Kubernetes Cluster using Tanzu Mission Control (TMC)

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In this section, we will create a Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster (TKC) on vSphere using Tanzu Mission Control (TMC)

7. Launch Tanzu Mission Control

On your VMware Tanzu Desktop, launch the 'Tanzu Mission Control' Chrome Shortcut.

8. Login to VMware Cloud Services

You will be redirected to the VMware Cloud Services login page. Use your email address associated with your VMware ID account, followed by your VMware ID's password. You can look at the Credentials section below to find your VMware ID.

9. Launch VMware Tanzu Mission Control

Once logged in, you should see a My Services page with 'VMware Tanzu Mission Control' listed as a product in it. Launch the product.

10. Choose Organization

If you don't see it, then click on your username on the Cloud Services page -> Change Organization and make sure you have selected 'Pathfinder Services' as your Organization. After that, you should see the TMC product.

11. Create Cluster

Now that you're logged in, you should see the 'Clusters' page as your default landing page. We will create a Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster next. Click on 'Create Cluster'.

12. Select Management Cluster

On the next screen that comes up, click the radio button next to pathfinder-tanzu and 'Continue to Create Cluster'

13. Select Provisioner

Choose the provisioner as pathfinder-tanzu from the dropdown and click 'NEXT'

14. Name your Cluster

Let's name your cluster. Use the format <your-username>-tanzu for your cluster name. 

Next we must click on Cluster Group, by default you will see "pathfinder-tanzu-demo" Click on the 'X' to delete this entry value.

Now click the drop down to select the Cluster Group name that should be auto-populated with the name formatted as <your-username>###. Click 'NEXT'.

Note: Tanzu will not let you finish creating your cluster in the following steps if you leave the Cluster Group name as the default value of "pathfinder-tanzu-demo" 

15. Select Kubernetes Version

Under the configure section, select the following objects:

  • Kubernetes version as v1.18.15
  • Allowed storage classes as 'vsphere-with-tanzu-storage-policy' and click on 'Add Storage Class'
  • Default storage class as 'vsphere-with-tanzu-storage-policy' and click on 'NEXT'

PLEASE NOTE that the highest supported version for this demo is v1.18.15. You have to select 'vsphere-with-tanzu-storage-policy' as your persistent volume storage.

16. Select Node Type

On the Select Control Plane page, use Single Node with Instance Type as 'best-effort-small (2vCPU, 4GB RAM)' and click 'NEXT'.

NOTE: Since this is a shared demo environment, we  request all users to follow the guidelines for selecting Instance Type to optimize resource usage.

17. Edit and Add Node Pools

On the Edit and Add Node Pools page, select the Worker Instance Type as 'best-effort-small (2vCPU, 4GB RAM)' and number of worker nodes = 2 (recommended) and click on 'CREATE CLUSTER'

NOTE: Since this is a shared demo environment, we  request all users to follow the guidelines for selecting Instance Type to optimize resource usage.

18. Cluster Creation in Progress

You will now see a screen with message 'Your cluster is being created'.  Please allow 7-10 minutes for the Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster status to show as  'Ready'.