To run Kubernetes workloads, you can enable vSphere with Tanzu on a cluster that you manage with a single vSphere Lifecycle Manager image. After it is enabled, you can manage the Supervisor Cluster using vSphere Lifecycle Manager.

When you enable the cluster with vSphere with Tanzu that uses NSX-T Data Center, the vSphere Lifecycle Manager installs the Spherelet vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) on every ESXi host in the cluster. Enabling the cluster assigns the version of the Kubernetes version that ships with vCenter. After the installation is complete, the WCP service performs the post installation tasks such as, starting and configuring the Spherelet.

For the steps to enable the cluster, see Enable Workload Management with vSphere Networking.