Version 1.6. This version is fully supported, offering the latest patches and updates for security vulnerabilities, exposures, and issues impacting Anthos clusters on VMware. Refer to the release notes for more details. This is the most recent version.

Anthos clusters on VMware installation overview

There are many variations, some simple and some complex, on how to install Anthos clusters on VMware (GKE on-prem) and create your user clusters.

To keep your initial installation straightforward, this documentation takes you through an installation journey that chooses the simpler options. At the end of the journey, you have an admin cluster and a small user cluster that you can use to deploy Kubernetes workloads.

After you've had some experience with your small cluster, you can read the advanced topics on setup and installation. At that point, you can perform a second installation that includes the advanced features of your choice, including creating a larger user cluster.

Following are the steps for installing Anthos clusters on VMware and creating your initial user cluster:

  1. Get an Anthos subscription.
  2. Prepare your vSphere environment.
  3. Set up networking and load balancing.
  4. Configure your Google Cloud project.
  5. Create an admin workstation.
  6. Create an admin cluster.
  7. Create a user cluster.

The initial installation journey makes these choices:

  • Use the Seesaw bundled load balancer.
  • Use static IP addresses for cluster nodes and the admin workstation.
  • Use Container Registry to host Anthos clusters on VMware's container images instead of a private Docker registry.
  • Create a user cluster that has three worker nodes and one control plane node.

After you have your Anthos subscription, the next step is to prepare your vSphere environment.