vSphere with Tanzu requires specific networking configuration to enable connectivity to the Supervisor Clusters, vSphere Namespaces, and all objects that run inside the namespaces, such as vSphere Pods, VMs, and Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. As a vSphere administrator, install and configure NSX-T Data Center for vSphere with Tanzu.

The Supervisor Cluster uses an opinionated networking configuration. Two methods exist to configure the Supervisor Cluster networking that result in deploying the same networking model:
  • The simplest way to configure the Supervisor Cluster networking is by using the VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager. For more information, see the VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager documentation. For more information, see Working with Workload Management.
  • You can also configure the Supervisor Cluster networking manually by using an existing NSX-T Data Center deployment or by deploying a new instance of NSX-T Data Center.

Supervisor Cluster with NSX-T Data Center Workflow

As a vSphere administrator, you can configure a vSphere cluster as a Supervisor Cluster with the vSphere networking stack.
Figure 1. Supervisor Cluster with NSX-Data Center Networking Workflow

Initial Platform Configuration Workflow