F5 iRule Setup and Notes for VMware vCloud Director Accessibility

Recently, I’ve had several providers that have had to manage and/or update their F5 iRules for secure accessibility for vCD tenants and providers. F5 has a nice deployment guide here.

F5 provides a solid solution for VIPs and Load Balancer capabilities which I see often between many of our global VMware Cloud Providers.

With the new vCD HTML5 User Interface (UI), there has been several changes that required these modifications to provide direct access.

Typically, when utilizing a F5 appliance, some providers and tenants were seeing errors after a vCD upgrade.

Some saw behavior where the H5 interface was not accessible – receiving a message such as:

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VMware vCloud Director 10.0 – Enabling the Previous FlexUI Interface

Since VMware vCloud Director 10.0 has gone generally available as of last week, the release notes have been posted that show what has made the cut for this release.

My VMware vCloud Director 10.0 – What’s New Series – Part 1 and Part 2

One thing that has been a discussion point is the transition to the HTML5 Clarity interface. This has been a phased approach and significant effort (and investment!) was put into 10.0 to get this over the finish line. Well, if one takes a look at the release notes, you’ll notice a few things missing from the H5 UI that might be pertinent to your environment:

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What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0? (2/2)

Continuation of What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0?

For my final topics on vCD 10.0, let’s review the following:

  1. vCloud Director Appliance Updates and Migration Path
  2. Placement and Sizing Policies
  3. Backup Ecosystem Certification
  4. Miscellaneous
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What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0? (1/2)

With much excitement, VMware is announcing vCloud Director (vCD) 10.0 during VMworld US. This continues to provide significant value to our VMware Cloud Providers and tenants that consume vCD for services.

vCD 10.0 continues to demonstrate and focus on the following objectives:

  1. A Service Delivery Platform – rapidly deploy and integrate services into a multi-tenant, scalable platform with ecosystem partnership.
  2. Multi-Workload and Extensible Capabilities – it’s not about traditional VM’s anymore. Distinct additions like native PKS integration or next-generation virtual network services are integrated out of the box.
  3. Intuitive User Experience – while technology can be difficult sometimes, vCD orchestrates and automates many of the backend infrastructure tasks to get services operationalized. With the new H5 interface, this is very evident.

I’m going to summarize a few items that are pertinent to this release. However, this is not this is a comprehensive list by any means. The goal of this post is to provide an overview of why each of these additions/updates matter to our service providers and consumers.

Disclaimer: while vCD 10.0 is announced as of today, features might change based on the general availability (GA) date. I’ve been working with a release candidate build for my review. Therefore, this is subject to change.

  1. HTML5 User Interface Transition
  2. NSX-T Support
  3. Central Point of Management Additions

In Part 2, I will cover:

  1. vCD Appliance Updates and Migration Path
  2. Placement and Sizing Policies
  3. Backup Ecosystem Certification
  4. Miscellaneous

Hang tight, there’s a lot of information here.

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