Blog Posts

Automated Kubernetes Deployment with Ansible

Virtual Elephant now has a YouTube channel! With everyone locked away (to varying degrees) during this COVID-19 pandemic, I have been able to leverage some time each day to study for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator exam and playing with Kubernetes in the lab. As part of these efforts, I have graduated from building out my Kubernetes clusters manually to writing […]

Kubernetes with Cilium – Ansible Playbook

Hopefully by now you’ve seen the videos walking a user through the full deployment of Kubernetes inside a VMware SDDC using Ansible on YouTube. If not, check out the new Virtual Elephant channel! As part of that deployment, I have written an Ansible playbook that specifically deploys and configures Cilium as the CNI inside a Kubernetes cluster. The playbook cilium-install […]

Walkthrough – vSAN Performance Monitor

Monitoring vSAN is an important aspect of any operational team leveraging HCI within their environments. As such, there are multiple tools out there to provide detailed metrics, graphs, and reports that a team can choose from. Which one is right for you is a questions you’ll need to answer, based on your technical and business requirements. I want to highlight […]

Walkthrough – Upgrade to NSX-T 3.0

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity at VMware with the launch of the new vSphere 7.0 suite of products, including the latest version of NSX-T! My home lab has been a flurry of activity the past two months, including being the home of several varieties of Kubernetes clusters and the full suite of vRealize products as […]

Kubernetes with Cilium – Challenges

This is the third post in the Kubernetes with Cilium series that I am writing as I work towards running Kubernetes in my Home SDDC environment. The first two posts covered deploying a Kubernetes cluster with Cilium as the CNI, and deploying Hubble to visualize the relationships between containers deployed as a service within a Kubernetes cluster. My purpose in […]