Installing Tanzu Application Platform package and profiles on AWS

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

Before installing the packages, ensure you have:

Relocate images to a registry

VMware recommends relocating the images from VMware Tanzu Network registry to your own container image registry before attempting installation. If you don’t relocate the images, Tanzu Application Platform will depend on VMware Tanzu Network for continued operation, and VMware Tanzu Network offers no uptime guarantees. The option to skip relocation is documented for evaluation and proof-of-concept only.

This section describes how to relocate images to the tap-images repository created in Amazon ECR. See Creating AWS Resources for more information.

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

  1. Install Docker if it is not already installed.

  2. Log in to your ECR image registry by following the AWS documentation.

    Note

    This is a one time copy of images from the VMware Tanzu Network to ECR, so the ECR token expiring in 12 hours is not a concern.

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

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

    export AWS_ACCOUNT_ID=MY-AWS-ACCOUNT-ID
    export AWS_REGION=TARGET-AWS-REGION
    export TAP_VERSION=VERSION-NUMBER
    export INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME=$AWS_ACCOUNT_ID.dkr.ecr.$AWS_REGION.amazonaws.com
    export INSTALL_REPO=tap-images
    

    Where:

    • MY-AWS-ACCOUNT-ID is the account ID you deploy Tanzu Application Platform in. No dashes and must be in the format 012345678901.
    • TARGET-AWS-REGION is the region you deploy the Tanzu Application Platform to.
    • VERSION-NUMBER is your Tanzu Application Platform version. For example, 1.3.2.
  5. Install the Carvel tool imgpk CLI.

  6. Relocate the images with the imgpkg CLI by running:

    imgpkg copy --concurrency 1 -b registry.tanzu.vmware.com/tanzu-application-platform/tap-packages:${TAP_VERSION} --to-repo ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME}/${INSTALL_REPO}
    
  7. 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.

  8. Add the Tanzu Application Platform package repository to the cluster by running:

    tanzu package repository add tanzu-tap-repository \
      --url ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME}/${INSTALL_REPO}:$TAP_VERSION \
      --namespace tap-install
    
  9. 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:    123456789012.dkr.ecr.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tap-images
    TAG:           1.3.2
    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.

  10. 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.
      apis.apps.tanzu.vmware.com                           API Auto Registration for VMware Tanzu                                    A TAP component to automatically register API exposing workloads as API entities in TAP GUI.
      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.
      sso.apps.tanzu.vmware.com                            AppSSO                                                                    Application Single Sign-On for Tanzu
      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 About Tanzu Application Platform components and profiles.

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 (AWS), which contains the minimum configurations required to deploy Tanzu Application Platform on AWS. 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. View possible configuration settings for your package

Full profile (AWS)

The following command generates the YAML file sample for the full-profile on AWS by using the ECR repositories you created earlier. The profile: field takes full as the default value, but you can also set it to iterate, build, run, or view. Refer to Install multicluster Tanzu Application Platform profiles for more information.

Important

While installing Tanzu Application Platform v1.3 and later, exclude the policy controller policy.apps.tanzu.vmware.com, or deploy a Sigstore Stack to use as a TUF Mirror. For more information, see Policy controller known issues.

cat << EOF > tap-values.yaml
shared:
  ingress_domain: "INGRESS-DOMAIN"

ceip_policy_disclosed: true

#The above keys are minimum numbers of entries needed in tap-values.yaml to get a functioning TAP Full profile installation.

#Below are the keys which may have default values set, but can be overridden.

profile: full # Can take iterate, build, run, view.

excluded_packages:
- policy.apps.tanzu.vmware.com

supply_chain: basic # Can take testing, testing_scanning.

ootb_supply_chain_basic: # Based on supply_chain set above, can be changed to ootb_supply_chain_testing, ootb_supply_chain_testing_scanning.
  registry:
    server: ${AWS_ACCOUNT_ID}.dkr.ecr.${AWS_REGION}.amazonaws.com
    # The prefix of the ECR repository.  Workloads will need
    # two repositories created:
    #
    # tanzu-application-platform/<workloadname>-<namespace>
    # tanzu-application-platform/<workloadname>-<namespace>-bundle
    repository: tanzu-application-platform

contour:
  envoy:
    service:
      type: LoadBalancer # This is set by default, but can be overridden by setting a different value.

buildservice:
  kp_default_repository: ${AWS_ACCOUNT_ID}.dkr.ecr.${AWS_REGION}.amazonaws.com/tap-build-service
  # Enable the build service k8s service account to bind to the AWS IAM Role
  kp_default_repository_aws_iam_role_arn: "arn:aws:iam::${AWS_ACCOUNT_ID}:role/tap-build-service"

ootb_templates:
  # Enable the config writer service to use cloud based iaas authentication
  # which are retrieved from the developer namespace service account by
  # default
  iaas_auth: true

tap_gui:
  service_type: ClusterIP # If shared.ingress_domain is set earlier, this must be set to ClusterIP.
  app_config:
    catalog:
      locations:
        - type: url
          target: https://GIT-CATALOG-URL/catalog-info.yaml

metadata_store:
  ns_for_export_app_cert: "MY-DEV-NAMESPACE"
  app_service_type: ClusterIP # Defaults to LoadBalancer. If shared.ingress_domain is set earlier, this must be set to ClusterIP.

scanning:
  metadataStore:
    url: "" # Configuration is moved, so set this string to empty.

EOF

Where:

  • INGRESS-DOMAIN is the subdomain for the host name that you point at the tanzu-shared-ingress service’s External IP address.
  • kp_default_repository_aws_iam_role_arn is the ARN that was created to write to the ECR repository for the build service. This value is generated by the script, but you can modify it manually.
  • 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 name of the developer namespace. SCST - Store exports secrets to the namespace, and SCST - Scan deploys the ScanTemplates there. This allows the scanning feature to run in this namespace. If there are multiple developer namespaces, use ns_for_export_app_cert: "*" to export the SCST - Store CA certificate to all namespaces.
  • TARGET-REGISTRY-CREDENTIALS-SECRET is the name of the secret that contains the credentials to pull an image from the registry for scanning.

For AWS, the default settings creates a classic LoadBalancer. 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

(Optional) Configure your profile with full dependencies

When you install a profile that includes Tanzu Build Service, Tanzu Application Platform is installed with the lite set of dependencies. These dependencies consist of buildpacks and stacks required for application builds.

The lite set of dependencies do not contain all buildpacks and stacks. To use all buildpacks and stacks, you must install the full dependencies. For more information about the differences between lite and full dependencies, see About lite and full dependencies.

To configure full dependencies, add the key-value pair exclude_dependencies: true to your tap-values.yaml file under the buildservice section. For example:

buildservice:
  kp_default_repository: ${AWS_ACCOUNT_ID}.dkr.ecr.${AWS_REGION}.amazonaws.com/tap-build-service
  exclude_dependencies: true

After configuring full dependencies, you must install the dependencies after you have finished installing your Tanzu Application Platform package. See Install the full dependencies package for more information.

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
    
  2. Verify the package install by running:

    tanzu package installed get tap -n tap-install
    

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

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

    tanzu package installed list -A
    
  4. If you configured full dependencies in your tbs-values.yaml file, install the full dependencies by following the procedure in Install full dependencies.

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

Note

You can run the following command after reconfiguring the profile to reinstall the Tanzu Application Platform:

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

Install the full dependencies package

If you configured full dependencies in your tap-values.yaml file in Configure your profile with full dependencies earlier, you must install the full dependencies package.

For more information about the differences between lite and full dependencies, see About lite and full dependencies.

To install the full dependencies package:

  1. If you have not done so already, add the key-value pair exclude_dependencies: true to your tap-values.yaml file under the buildservice section. For example:

    buildservice:
      kp_default_repository: ${AWS_ACCOUNT_ID}.dkr.ecr.${AWS_REGION}.amazonaws.com/tap-build-service
      exclude_dependencies: true
    ...
    
  2. Get the latest version of the buildservice package by running:

    tanzu package available list buildservice.tanzu.vmware.com --namespace tap-install
    
  3. Relocate the Tanzu Build Service full dependencies package repository by running:

    imgpkg copy -b registry.tanzu.vmware.com/tanzu-application-platform/full-tbs-deps-package-repo:VERSION \
      --to-repo ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME}/${INSTALL_REPO}/tbs-full-deps
    

    Where VERSION is the version of the buildservice package you retrieved in the previous step.

  4. Add the Tanzu Build Service full dependencies package repository by running:

    tanzu package repository add tbs-full-deps-repository \
      --url ${INSTALL_REGISTRY_HOSTNAME}/${INSTALL_REPO}/tbs-full-deps:VERSION \
      --namespace tap-install
    

    Where VERSION is the version of the buildservice package you retrieved earlier.

  5. Install the full dependencies package by running:

    tanzu package install full-tbs-deps -p full-tbs-deps.tanzu.vmware.com -v VERSION -n tap-install
    

    Where VERSION is the version of the buildservice package you retrieved earlier.

Access Tanzu Application Platform GUI

To access Tanzu Application Platform GUI, you can use the host name that you configured earlier. This host name 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. Also, 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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