Installing the Tanzu Application Platform package and profiles

This topic describes how to install Tanzu Application Platform packages from the Tanzu Application Platform package repository.

Before installing the packages, ensure that you have completed the prerequisites, configured and verified the cluster, accepted the EULA, and installed the Tanzu CLI with any required plug-ins. See Accepting Tanzu Application Platform EULAs, installing Cluster Essentials and the Tanzu CLI for more information.

Relocate images to a registry

VMware recommends relocating the images to your registry from VMware Tanzu Network registry before attempting installation.

If you choose not to relocate images, Tanzu Application Platform depends directly on VMware Tanzu Network for continued operation. VMware recommends relocating images because there are no uptime guarantees for installations that depend directly on VMware Tanzu Network. The option to skip relocation is documented for evaluation and proof-of-concept only.

The supported container registries are Harbor, Azure Container Registry, Google Container Registry, and Quay.io. See the following documentation for a registry to learn how to set it up:

To relocate images from the VMware Tanzu Network registry to your registry:

  1. Log in to your image registry by running:

    docker login MY-REGISTRY
    

    Where MY-REGISTRY is your own container registry.

  2. Log in to the VMware Tanzu Network registry with your VMware Tanzu Network credentials by running:

    docker login registry.tanzu.vmware.com
    
  3. Set up environment variables for installation use by running:

    export INSTALL_REGISTRY_USERNAME=MY-REGISTRY-USER
    export INSTALL_REGISTRY_PASSWORD=MY-REGISTRY-PASSWORD
    export INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME=MY-REGISTRY
    export TAP_VERSION=VERSION-NUMBER
    

    Where:

    • MY-REGISTRY-USER is the user with write access to MY-REGISTRY.
    • MY-REGISTRY-PASSWORD is the password for MY-REGISTRY-USER.
    • MY-REGISTRY is your own container registry.
    • VERSION-NUMBER is your Tanzu Application Platform version. For example, 1.1.0.
  4. Relocate the images with the Carvel tool imgpkg by running:

    imgpkg copy -b registry.tanzu.vmware.com/tanzu-application-platform/tap-packages:${TAP_VERSION} --to-repo ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME}/TARGET-REPOSITORY/tap-packages
    

    Where TARGET-REPOSITORY is your target repository

  5. Create a namespace called tap-install for deploying any component packages by running:

    kubectl create ns tap-install
    

    This namespace keeps the objects grouped together logically.

  6. Create a registry secret by running:

    tanzu secret registry add tap-registry \
      --username ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_USERNAME} --password ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_PASSWORD} \
      --server ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME} \
      --export-to-all-namespaces --yes --namespace tap-install
    
  7. Add the Tanzu Application Platform package repository to the cluster by running:

    tanzu package repository add tanzu-tap-repository \
      --url ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME}/TARGET-REPOSITORY/tap-packages:$TAP_VERSION \
      --namespace tap-install
    

    Where:

    • $TAP_VERSION is the Tanzu Application Platform version environment variable you defined earlier.
    • TARGET-REPOSITORY is the necessary repository.
  8. Get the status of the Tanzu Application Platform package repository, and ensure the status updates to Reconcile succeeded by running:

    tanzu package repository get tanzu-tap-repository --namespace tap-install
    

    For example:

    $ tanzu package repository get tanzu-tap-repository --namespace tap-install
    - Retrieving repository tap...
    NAME:          tanzu-tap-repository
    VERSION:       16253001
    REPOSITORY:    tapmdc.azurecr.io/mdc/1.0.2/tap-packages
    TAG:           1.0.2
    STATUS:        Reconcile succeeded
    REASON:
    

    Note: The VERSION and TAG numbers differ from the earlier example if you are on Tanzu Application Platform v1.0.2 or earlier.

  9. List the available packages by running:

    tanzu package available list --namespace tap-install
    

    For example:

    $ tanzu package available list --namespace tap-install
    / Retrieving available packages...
      NAME                                                 DISPLAY-NAME                                                              SHORT-DESCRIPTION
      accelerator.apps.tanzu.vmware.com                    Application Accelerator for VMware Tanzu                                  Used to create new projects and configurations.
      api-portal.tanzu.vmware.com                          API portal                                                                A unified user interface to enable search, discovery and try-out of API endpoints at ease.
      backend.appliveview.tanzu.vmware.com                 Application Live View for VMware Tanzu                                    App for monitoring and troubleshooting running apps
      connector.appliveview.tanzu.vmware.com               Application Live View Connector for VMware Tanzu                          App for discovering and registering running apps
      conventions.appliveview.tanzu.vmware.com             Application Live View Conventions for VMware Tanzu                        Application Live View convention server
      buildservice.tanzu.vmware.com                        Tanzu Build Service                                                       Tanzu Build Service enables the building and automation of containerized software workflows securely and at scale.
      cartographer.tanzu.vmware.com                        Cartographer                                                              Kubernetes native Supply Chain Choreographer.
      cnrs.tanzu.vmware.com                                Cloud Native Runtimes                                                     Cloud Native Runtimes is a serverless runtime based on Knative
      controller.conventions.apps.tanzu.vmware.com         Convention Service for VMware Tanzu                                       Convention Service enables app operators to consistently apply desired runtime configurations to fleets of workloads.
      controller.source.apps.tanzu.vmware.com              Tanzu Source Controller                                                   Tanzu Source Controller enables workload create/update from source code.
      developer-conventions.tanzu.vmware.com               Tanzu App Platform Developer Conventions                                  Developer Conventions
      grype.scanning.apps.tanzu.vmware.com                 Grype Scanner for Supply Chain Security Tools - Scan                      Default scan templates using Anchore Grype
      image-policy-webhook.signing.apps.tanzu.vmware.com   Image Policy Webhook                                                      The Image Policy Webhook allows platform operators to define a policy that will use cosign to verify signatures of container images
      learningcenter.tanzu.vmware.com                      Learning Center for Tanzu Application Platform                            Guided technical workshops
      ootb-supply-chain-basic.tanzu.vmware.com             Tanzu App Platform Out of The Box Supply Chain Basic                      Out of The Box Supply Chain Basic.
      ootb-supply-chain-testing-scanning.tanzu.vmware.com  Tanzu App Platform Out of The Box Supply Chain with Testing and Scanning  Out of The Box Supply Chain with Testing and Scanning.
      ootb-supply-chain-testing.tanzu.vmware.com           Tanzu App Platform Out of The Box Supply Chain with Testing               Out of The Box Supply Chain with Testing.
      ootb-templates.tanzu.vmware.com                      Tanzu App Platform Out of The Box Templates                               Out of The Box Templates.
      scanning.apps.tanzu.vmware.com                       Supply Chain Security Tools - Scan                                        Scan for vulnerabilities and enforce policies directly within Kubernetes native Supply Chains.
      metadata-store.apps.tanzu.vmware.com                 Tanzu Supply Chain Security Tools - Store                                 The Metadata Store enables saving and querying image, package, and vulnerability data.
      service-bindings.labs.vmware.com                     Service Bindings for Kubernetes                                           Service Bindings for Kubernetes implements the Service Binding Specification.
      services-toolkit.tanzu.vmware.com                    Services Toolkit                                                          The Services Toolkit enables the management, lifecycle, discoverability and connectivity of Service Resources (databases, message queues, DNS records, etc.).
      spring-boot-conventions.tanzu.vmware.com             Tanzu Spring Boot Conventions Server                                      Default Spring Boot convention server.
      tap-gui.tanzu.vmware.com                             Tanzu Application Platform GUI                                            web app graphical user interface for Tanzu Application Platform
      tap.tanzu.vmware.com                                 Tanzu Application Platform                                                Package to install a set of TAP components to get you started based on your use case.
      workshops.learningcenter.tanzu.vmware.com            Workshop Building Tutorial                                                Workshop Building Tutorial
    

Install your Tanzu Application Platform profile

The tap.tanzu.vmware.com package installs predefined sets of packages based on your profile settings. This is done by using the package manager installed by Tanzu Cluster Essentials.

For more information about profiles, see Installation profiles in Tanzu Application Platform.

The following profiles are available for Tanzu Application Platform:

  • Full: This profile contains all of the Tanzu Application Platform packages.

  • Iterate: This profile is intended for iterative application development.

  • Build: This profile is intended for the transformation of source revisions to workload revisions. Specifically, hosting workloads and SupplyChains.

  • Run: This profile is intended for the transformation of workload revisions to running pods. Specifically, hosting deliveries and deliverables.

  • View: This profile is intended for instances of applications related to centralized developer experiences. Specifically, the TAP GUI and Metadata Store.

To prepare to install a profile:

  1. List version information for the package by running:

    tanzu package available list tap.tanzu.vmware.com --namespace tap-install
    
  2. Create a tap-values.yaml file by using the Full Profile sample as a guide. These samples have the minimum configuration required to deploy Tanzu Application Platform. The sample values file contains the necessary defaults for:

    • The meta-package, or parent Tanzu Application Platform package
    • Subordinate packages, or individual child packages

    Important: Keep the values file for future configuration use.

  3. Proceed to the View possible configuration settings for your package section.

Full Profile

The following is the YAML file sample for the full-profile:

profile: full
ceip_policy_disclosed: FALSE-OR-TRUE-VALUE # Installation fails if this is not set to true. Not a string.
buildservice:
  kp_default_repository: "KP-DEFAULT-REPO"
  kp_default_repository_username: "KP-DEFAULT-REPO-USERNAME"
  kp_default_repository_password: "KP-DEFAULT-REPO-PASSWORD"
  tanzunet_username: "TANZUNET-USERNAME"
  tanzunet_password: "TANZUNET-PASSWORD"
  descriptor_name: "DESCRIPTOR-NAME"
supply_chain: basic

cnrs:
  domain_name: INGRESS-DOMAIN

ootb_supply_chain_basic:
  registry:
    server: "SERVER-NAME"
    repository: "REPO-NAME"
  gitops:
    ssh_secret: "SSH-SECRET-KEY"

learningcenter:
  ingressDomain: "INGRESS-DOMAIN"

tap_gui:
  service_type: ClusterIP
  ingressEnabled: "true"
  ingressDomain: "INGRESS-DOMAIN"
  app_config:
    app:
      baseUrl: http://tap-gui.INGRESS-DOMAIN
    catalog:
      locations:
        - type: url
          target: https://GIT-CATALOG-URL/catalog-info.yaml
    backend:
      baseUrl: http://tap-gui.INGRESS-DOMAIN
      cors:
        origin: http://tap-gui.INGRESS-DOMAIN

metadata_store:
  app_service_type: LoadBalancer # (optional) Defaults to LoadBalancer. Change to NodePort for distributions that don't support LoadBalancer

grype:
  namespace: "MY-DEV-NAMESPACE" # (optional) Defaults to default namespace.
  targetImagePullSecret: "TARGET-REGISTRY-CREDENTIALS-SECRET"

Where:

  • KP-DEFAULT-REPO is a writable repository in your registry. Tanzu Build Service dependencies are written to this location. Examples:
    • Harbor has the form kp_default_repository: "my-harbor.io/my-project/build-service"
    • Docker Hub has the form kp_default_repository: "my-dockerhub-user/build-service" or kp_default_repository: "index.docker.io/my-user/build-service"
    • Google Cloud Registry has the form kp_default_repository: "gcr.io/my-project/build-service"
  • KP-DEFAULT-REPO-USERNAME is the username that can write to KP-DEFAULT-REPO. You can docker push to this location with this credential.
    • For Google Cloud Registry, use kp_default_repository_username: _json_key
  • KP-DEFAULT-REPO-PASSWORD is the password for the user that can write to KP-DEFAULT-REPO. You can docker push to this location with this credential. You can also configure this credential by using a secret reference. See Install Tanzu Build Service for details.
    • For Google Cloud Registry, use the contents of the service account JSON file.
  • TANZUNET-USERNAME and TANZUNET-PASSWORD are the email address and password to log in to VMware Tanzu Network. Your VMware Tanzu Network credentials enable you to configure the dependencies updater. This resource accesses and installs the build dependencies (buildpacks and stacks) that Tanzu Build Service requires on your cluster. It can also optionally keep these dependencies up to date as new versions are released on VMware Tanzu Network. You can also configure this credential by using a secret reference. For more information, see Install Tanzu Build Service.
  • DESCRIPTOR-NAME is the name of the descriptor to import. For more information, see Overview of Tanzu Build Service. Available options are:
    • lite is the default if not set. It has a smaller footprint, which enables faster installations.
    • full is optimized to speed up builds and includes dependencies for all supported workload types.
  • SERVER-NAME is the hostname of the registry server. Examples:
    • Harbor has the form server: "my-harbor.io"
    • Docker Hub has the form server: "index.docker.io"
    • Google Cloud Registry has the form server: "gcr.io"
  • REPO-NAME is where workload images are stored in the registry. Images are written to SERVER-NAME/REPO-NAME/workload-name. Examples:
    • Harbor has the form repository: "my-project/supply-chain"
    • Docker Hub has the form repository: "my-dockerhub-user"
    • Google Cloud Registry has the form repository: "my-project/supply-chain"
  • SSH-SECRET-KEY is the SSH secret key in the developer namespace for the supply chain to fetch source code from and push configuration to.
  • INGRESS-DOMAIN is the subdomain for the host name that you point at the tanzu-shared-ingress service’s External IP address.
  • GIT-CATALOG-URL is the path to the catalog-info.yaml catalog definition file. You can download either a blank or populated catalog file from the Tanzu Application Platform product page. Otherwise, you can use a Backstage-compliant catalog you’ve already built and posted on the Git infrastructure.
  • MY-DEV-NAMESPACE is the namespace where you want to deploy the ScanTemplates. This is the namespace where the scanning feature runs.
  • TARGET-REGISTRY-CREDENTIALS-SECRET is the name of the secret that contains the credentials to pull an image from the registry for scanning. If built images are pushed to the same registry as the Tanzu Application Platform images, this can reuse the tap-registry secret created in Add the Tanzu Application Platform package repository.

Note: When you install Tanzu Application Platform, it is bootstrapped with a set of dependencies (buildpacks and stacks) for application builds. For more information about buildpacks, see the VMware Tanzu Buildpacks Documentation. You can find the buildpack and stack artifacts installed with Tanzu Application Platform in the descriptor file on Tanzu Network. The current installed version of the descriptor is 100.0.293. Sometimes the dependencies require updates. You can use a manual process in a CI/CD context, or an automatic update process in the background by Tanzu Application Platform.

Light Profile

The Light profile is deprecated. Although existing values files might still refer to the Light profile, VMware recommends to migrate to one of the new profiles described in Install your Tanzu Application Platform profile by following the procedures in Migrate Tanzu Application Platform profiles.

View possible configuration settings for your package

To view possible configuration settings for a package, run:

tanzu package available get tap.tanzu.vmware.com/$TAP_VERSION --values-schema --namespace tap-install

Where $TAP_VERSION is the Tanzu Application Platform version environment variable you defined earlier.

Note: The tap.tanzu.vmware.com package does not show all configuration settings for packages it plans to install. The package only shows top-level keys. You can view individual package configuration settings with the same tanzu package available get command. For example, use tanzu package available get -n tap-install cnrs.tanzu.vmware.com/1.0.3 --values-schema for Cloud Native Runtimes.

profile: full

# ...

# e.g. CNRs specific values go under its name
cnrs:
  provider: local

# e.g. App Accelerator specific values go under its name
accelerator:
  server:
    service_type: "ClusterIP"

Identify the values for your package

You can identify the values for your Tanzu package by running:

tanzu package available get PACKAGE-NAME.tanzu.vmware.com/VERSION --values-schema -n tap-install

Where:

  • VERSION is the version number of the package. For example, 0.5.1 for Supply Chain Basic package.
  • PACKAGE-NAME is the value of Top-level Key for package-specific configuration within your tap-values.yaml, as summarized in the following table:
Package Top-level Key
see table below shared
API portal api_portal
Application Accelerator accelerator
Application Live View appliveview
Application Live View Connector appliveview_connector
Application Live View Conventions appliveview-conventions
Cartographer cartographer
Cloud Native Runtimes cnrs
Convention Controller convention_controller
Source Controller source_controller
Supply Chain supply_chain
Supply Chain Basic ootb_supply_chain_basic
Supply Chain Testing ootb_supply_chain_testing
Supply Chain Testing Scanning ootb_supply_chain_testing_scanning
Supply Chain Security Tools - Scan scanning
Supply Chain Security Tools - Scan (Grype Scanner) grype
Supply Chain Security Tools - Store metadata_store
Image Policy Webhook image_policy_webhook
Build Service buildservice
Tanzu Application Platform GUI tap_gui
Learning Center learningcenter

Shared Keys define values that configure multiple packages. These keys are defined under the shared Top-level Key, as summarized in the following table:

Shared Key Used By Description
ca_cert_data convention_controller, source_controller Optional: PEM Encoded certificate data to trust TLS connections with a private CA.

For information about package-specific configuration, see Installing individual packages.

For example, to identify the SSH secret keys for Supply Chain Basic, you can run:

tanzu package available get ootb-supply-chain-basic.tanzu.vmware.com/0.5.1 --values-schema -n tap-install

Expect to see the following outputs that list the all the SSH secret keys and the descriptions applicable to the package:

KEY                       DEFAULT                    TYPE    DESCRIPTION
cluster_builder           default                    string  Name of the Tanzu Build Service (TBS) ClusterBuilder to use by default on image objects managed by the supply chain.

gitops.branch             main                       string  Default branch to use for pushing Kubernetes configuration files produced by the supply chain.

gitops.commit_message     bump configuration         string  Default git commit message to write when publishing Kubernetes configuration files produces by the supply chain to git.

gitops.email              supplychain@cluster.local  string  Default user email to be used for the commits produced by the supply chain.

gitops.repository_prefix  <nil>                      string  Default prefix to be used for forming Git SSH URLs for pushing Kubernetes configuration produced by the supply chain.

gitops.ssh_secret         git-ssh                    string  Name of the default Secret containing SSH credentials to lookup in the developer namespace for the supply chain to fetch source code from and push configuration to.

gitops.username           supplychain                string  Default user name to be used for the commits produced by the supply chain.

registry.repository       <nil>                      string  Name of the repository in the image registry server where the application images from the workloads should be pushed to (required).

registry.server           index.docker.io            string  Name of the registry server where application images should be pushed to (required).

service_account           default                    string  Name of the service account in the namespace where the Workload is submitted to utilize for providing registry credentials to Tanzu Build Service (TBS) Image objects as well as deploying the application.

Install your Tanzu Application Platform package

Follow these steps to install the Tanzu Application Platform package:

  1. Install the package by running:

    tanzu package install tap -p tap.tanzu.vmware.com -v $TAP_VERSION --values-file tap-values.yaml -n tap-install
    

    Where $TAP_VERSION is the Tanzu Application Platform version environment variable you defined earlier.

  2. Verify the package install by running:

    tanzu package installed get tap -n tap-install
    

    This may take 5-10 minutes because it installs several packages on your cluster.

  3. Verify that all the necessary packages in the profile are installed by running:

    tanzu package installed list -A
    
  4. (Optional) Install any additional packages not included in your profile.

Important: Ensure you have set up developer namespaces to use your installed packages.

After installing Full Profile on to your cluster, you can install the Tanzu Developer Tools for VSCode extension to help you develop against it. For instructions, see Installing Tanzu Developer Tools for VS Code.

Configure LoadBalancer for Contour ingress

This section only applies when you use Tanzu Application Platform to deploy its own shared Contour ingress controller in tanzu-system-ingress. It is not applicable when you use your existing ingress.

You can share this ingress across Cloud Native Runtimes (cnrs), Tanzu Application Platform GUI (tap_gui), and Learning Center (learningcenter).

By default, Contour uses NodePort as the service type. To set the service type to LoadBalancer, add the following to your tap-values.yaml:

contour:
  envoy:
    service:
      type: LoadBalancer

If you use AWS, the section above creates a classic LoadBalancer. If you want to use the Network LoadBalancer instead of the classic LoadBalancer for ingress, add the following to your tap-values.yaml:

contour:
  infrastructure_provider: aws
  envoy:
    service:
      aws:
        LBType: nlb

Access Tanzu Application Platform GUI

To access Tanzu Application Platform GUI, you can use the hostname that you configured earlier. This hostname is pointed at the shared ingress. To configure LoadBalancer for Tanzu Application Platform GUI, see Accessing Tanzu Application Platform GUI.

You’re now ready to start using Tanzu Application Platform GUI. Proceed to the Getting Started topic or the Tanzu Application Platform GUI - Catalog Operations topic.

Exclude packages from a Tanzu Application Platform profile

To exclude packages from a Tanzu Application Platform profile:

  1. Find the full subordinate (child) package name:

    tanzu package available list --namespace tap-install
    
  2. Update your tap-values file with a section listing the exclusions:

    profile: PROFILE-VALUE
    excluded_packages:
      - tap-gui.tanzu.vmware.com
      - service-bindings.lab.vmware.com
    

Important: If you exclude a package after performing a profile installation including that package, you cannot see the accurate package states immediately after running tap package installed list -n tap-install.

Warning: You can break package dependencies by removing a package. Allow 20 minutes to verify that all packages have reconciled correctly while troubleshooting.

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