Provisioning Container VMs in the Management Portal

You can provision containers or container VMs from the management portal depending on the target host. If your target host is a VCH, you provision container VMs. If your target host is a Docker host, you provision standard containers. You can quick-provision by using default settings or you can customize your deployment by using the available settings. You can either provision or save as a template your configured container.

IMPORTANT: vSphere Integrated Containers Management Portal allows you to provision containers from the registries that are included in the lists of global registries that the Management Portal Administrator configures, or project registries that the DevOps administrator configures. However, if the vSphere administrator deployed a VCH with whitelist mode enabled, and if the whitelist on the VCH is more restrictive than the global and project registry lists, you can only provision containers from the registries that the VCH permits in its whitelist, even if the VCH is included in a project that permits other registries. For more information, see VCH Whitelists and Registry Lists in vSphere Integrated Containers Management Portal in vSphere Integrated Containers for vSphere Administrators.

You can provision containers, templates, or images.

  • To provision a single container, go to Home > Containers and click + Container.
  • To provision an image with additional settings, go to Home > Templates and import a new template from file that you can later provision.

When you create containers from the Containers page in the management portal, you can configure the following settings:

  • Basic configuration
    • Image to be used
    • Name of the container
    • Custom commands
    • Links
  • Network configuration
    • Port bindings and ports publishing
    • Hostname
    • Network mode
  • Storage configuration
    • Select volumes
    • Configure a working directory
  • Policy configuration
    • Define clusters
    • Resource allocation
    • Anti-affinity rules
  • Custom environment variables
  • Health checks
    • HTTP
    • TCP connection
    • Command
  • Logging

When you configure a container, on the Environment tab, you can add industry standard variables. For information about using Docker environment variables, see Environment variables in Compose in the Docker documentation.

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