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Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG)

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Install Calico Enterprise on a Tanzu Kubernetes Grid cluster.

Before you begin

CNI support

Calico CNI for networking with Calico Enterprise network policy:

The geeky details of what you get:



How to

Install Calico Enterprise

  • Configure storage for Calico Enterprise.
    1. Install the Tigera operator and custom resource definitions.

      kubectl create -f
    2. Install the Prometheus operator and related custom resource definitions. The Prometheus operator will be used to deploy Prometheus server and Alertmanager to monitor Calico Enterprise metrics.

      If you have an existing Prometheus operator in your cluster that you want to use, skip this step. To work with Calico Enterprise, your Prometheus operator must be v0.40.0 or higher.
      kubectl create -f
    3. Install your pull secret.

      If pulling images directly from, you will likely want to use the credentials provided to you by your Tigera support representative. If using a private registry, use your private registry credentials.

      kubectl create secret generic tigera-pull-secret \ -n tigera-operator \

      For the Prometheus operator, create the pull secret in the tigera-prometheus namespace and then patch the deployment.

      kubectl create secret generic tigera-pull-secret \ -n tigera-prometheus \
      kubectl patch deployment -n tigera-prometheus calico-prometheus-operator \
      -p '{"spec":{"template":{"spec":{"imagePullSecrets":[{"name": "tigera-pull-secret"}]}}}}'
    4. (Optional) If your cluster architecture requires any custom Calico Enterprise resources to function at startup, install them now using calicoctl.
    5. Install the Tigera custom resources. For more information on configuration options available, see the installation reference.

      kubectl create -f
    6. You can now monitor progress with the following command:

      watch kubectl get tigerastatus

      Wait until the apiserver shows a status of Available, then proceed to the next section.

    Install Calico Enterprise license

    Install the Calico Enterprise license provided to you by Tigera.

    kubectl create -f </path/to/license.yaml>

    You can now monitor progress with the following command:

    watch kubectl get tigerastatus

    Next steps


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