Container UI Plugin for VCD

Overview

From CSE 2.6.0 onwards, CSE users can use this plugin to interact with CSE Kubernetes clusters directly from VCD UI.

Get Container UI Plugin

The v1.0.3 plugin binary can be downloaded from here.


Register and publish Container Ui Plugin

Method 1: Via CSE server cli

To register the plugin, run

cse ui-plugin register [path to plugin zip file] -c [path to CSE config file] -s

To unregister the plugin, first we need to figure out the ID of the plugin. List all installed plugins, and get ID of the CSE UI Plugin, by running

cse ui-plugin list -c [path to CSE config file] -s

Run the following command to remove the plugin from VCD.

cse ui-plugin deregister [ID] -c [path to CSE config file] -s

Method 2: Via VCD UI portal

To register the plugin, upload container-ui-plugin.zip to VCD through Customize Portal option in the navigation menu of VCD Service Provider view. Then follow the standard steps of publishing an UI plugin. After registration, refresh the page. There should be a Kubernetes Container Clusters option in the navigation menu.

To unregister the plugin, select the plugin in Customize Portal and click on DELETE button.

Access Control

Tenant users themselves do not have the authority to register/unregister the plugin. They can only use the plugin once access to it has been granted by Service Provider. Service Provider has the authority to enable or disable and manage access control to the UI Plugin.

Enable/Disable plugin

From Customize Portal, choose the plugin to be enabled/disabled, then click on ENABLE or DISABLE button. Once the plugin has been disabled and the page has been refreshed, the plugin should be inaccessible from both provider and tenant view.

Access control for tenants

From Customize Portal, choose the plugin, click on PUBLISH button. Then in the wizard, customize the scope to publish. To remove plugin access from certain tenants, just un-select them from the scope and then publish.


Functionality

Landing Page

After selecting Kubernetes Container Clusters option in the navigation menu, users can access the landing page. Landing page displays a list of Kubernetes container clusters created from Container Service Extension (CSE) and their basic information.

Provider View

For Service Provider, it shows all the clusters from all organizations from current vCloud Director.

Tenant View

For Tenants, it shows clusters created in current organization.

All columns can be sorted and filtered. Upon clicking on the cluster name, users can view the details page of the corresponding cluster.

Cluster Creation

Users can also create new Kubernetes clusters by clicking on the Add link on the top left. Clicking on this link will open up the Create New Cluster wizard.

Cluster Deletion

Selecting a cluster on the landing page, displays an option to delete it on top left.

Details Page

Upon clicking on a container cluster, it takes you to it’s details page. Details page shows more specific information based on the Kubernetes provider (either native or Enterprise PKS) of the cluster, which provides following functionalities:


Known Issues

Clarity datagrids in wizards that have more than 9 items do not render (github issue)

Fixed in: 1.0.2 Affected UI versions: 1.0.0, 1.0.1

Clarity has a bug where datagrids in wizards that have > 9 items have their height set to 0 Detailed here: https://github.com/vmware/clarity/issues/2364 This affects displaying networks, ovdcs, templates in cluster creation wizard. UI plugin has implemented a workaround where we force set datagrid height to auto


Networks are not displayed if the org vdc name has space(s) (github issue)

Fixed in: 1.0.2 Affected UI versions: 1.0.0, 1.0.1

Fixed in 1.0.2 by manually encoding the affected URLs before making the vcd api call


Re-registering 2.6.0 GA CSE UI plugin with VCD doesn’t work properly

If the beta version of CSE UI plugin is already registered with VCD, trying to upgrade it via CSE cli or VCD UI will fail. Right now, the only way to update the UI plugin is to de-register/delete it and then re-install using the new zip file. Additionally, the provider will need to re-publish the plugin to all the tenants that were previously given access to the CSE UI plugin.


CSE landing page on VCD UI perpetually shows a spinning wheel

If CSE server is inaccessible/down, on VCD UI’s CSE landing page, user only sees the loading spinner instead of an error message. Workaround: Make sure CSE server is up and running.


Cluster operations fail silently on UI

On clicking confirm in cluster creation/deletion wizards/confirmation message boxes, user does not immediately get to know if the plugin successfully sent the request, or if CSE Server successfully received the same. Form validation and HTTP error display has not been implemented in CSE UI plugin yet.


Enterprise PKS cluster creation fails from UI

If CSE is enabled with Enterprise PKS but OrgVDCs are not enabled with Enterprise PKS as their k8s provider, UI will allow cluster creation operation on that OrgVDC, but the operation will eventually fail. This behavior is as designed.

Workaround: - Enable the OrgVDC explicitly for Enterprise PKS cluster deployment via the following command

>vcd cse ovdc enable [ovdc name] -k 'ent-pks' -o [Org Name] -d [domain name] -p [plan name]