For vSphere, an installation scenario is provided for you in this location. Remember, there are always more options in the Additional Infrastructure Configurations sections, but this will get you operative in the most common scenarios.

If not already done, refer to Get Started section of the documentation for:

Below are all the supported environment variable combinations: (Refer to this page to check if your OS is a Supported Operating System.)


vSphere is a more complex setup than some of the other providers and infrastructures, so an overview of steps has been provided to help.

The overall process for configuring vSphere and DKP together includes the following steps:

  1. Configure vSphere to provide the needed elements, described in the vSphere Prerequisites: All Installation Types.

  2. For air-gapped environments: Create a bastion VM host.

  3. Create a base OS image (for use in the OVA package containing the disk images packaged with the OVF).

  4. Create a CAPI VM image template that uses the base OS image and adds the needed Kubernetes cluster components.

  5. Create a bootstrap cluster.

  6. Create a new DKP cluster on vSphere.

  7. Make the cluster self-managing.

  8. Explore the cluster and perform other functions as needed.

  9. Configure MetalLB.

  10. Install Kommander

  11. Verify and log in to the UI

Next Step:

vSphere Prerequisites: All Installation Types