Getting Started & Logging In to Pivotal Container Service

As part of our new TestDrive 3.0 launch, this experience is under maintenance. We are working to bring you the next great version of PKS. 

Kubernetes is fast becoming the standard for enterprise container orchestration.  In these walkthroughs you will be exposed to the fundamentals of the Kubernetes architecture and deep dive into using the kubectl CLI.   You will be introduced to Pivotal Container Service (PKS), a purpose built service for operationalizing Kubernetes at scale. You will also dive into the details of the building, deployment and management of container based applications on Kubernetes.  Kubernetes is an open-source platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts, providing container-centric infrastructure.
With Kubernetes, you are able to quickly and efficiently respond to customer demand:

  • Deploy your applications quickly and predictably.
  • Scale your applications on the fly.
  • Seamlessly roll out new features

Logging Into Pivotal Container Service

To login to Pivotal Container Service perform the following steps.

First, open a web browser of your choice and navigate to Select Log In. if you do not already have a TestDrive account please reference the instructions found here.


Enter your TestDrive username and password and select ENTER.


Next, locate the Pivotal Container Service Product under the Modernize Data Centers tab. Toggle the switch stating the product is disabled to ON.


You'll get a notification that the product is being turned on for your account. Once the provisioning is complete, the PKS service will update and show a count down timer. This is how much time you have left to use the PKS demo.


Once the service finishes provisioning, you will see credentials and walkthroughs populated in the TestDrive portal for the PKS demo. Walkthroughs outline all the steps you can perform within the PKS demo in TestDrive. The credentials section show you which username and password to use for Workspace ONE, and which credentials to use on the PKS Horizon Desktop. Please reference back to these credentials as you follow the steps in the guides.



A new tab will open with Workspace ONE. Enter your same TestDrive Username and Password and log in. You can find this username and password under the PKS service in the TestDrive portal if you forget labeled "Workspace ONE credentials".


Next, search for the PKS desktop. Click to open into the desktop either via HTML access or Horizon Client access.


Now you'll be on the Pivotal Container Service Desktop. At this point you can begin any of the walkthrough guides outlined above.




Check out the Pivotal Container Service Introductory Walkthrough

Credentials for the environment:

  Username: pksdemo@vsphere.local
  Password: PKSdemo123!

  Username: audit
  Password: PKSdemo123!

  Username: <your username>
  Password: <your password> 
  NOTE: If this is the first time you are logging into Harbor, you need to create a user by singing up


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