How to enable TKG in Container Service Extension (CSE) 3.1.1?

Step1: Download the TKG OVA

Starting CSE 3.1.1, CSE allows providers to import Ubuntu 20.04 based VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid OVA into VCD via CSE server cli. The following link provide different TKG Templates. Download the template with the K8s version you need.
Note: Ubuntu 20.04 Kubernetes OVAs from VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Versions 1.4.0, 1.3.1, 1.3.0 are supported.
Kubernetes OVAs for VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 1.4.0 are available here

I’ve downloaded Ubuntu 2004 Kubernetes v1.21.2 OVA since that’s the lates available version.
File Name : ubuntu-2004-kube-v1.21.2+vmware.1-tkg.1-7832907791984498322.ova

Step2: Import TKG OVA to VCD Catalog

Upload the downloaded OVA to the CSE server. Use the following command to import the OVA in Catalog.

# cse template import -c encrypted-config.yaml -F ubuntu-2004-kube-v1.21.2+vmware.1-tkg.1-7832907791984498322.ova

Required Python version: >= 3.7.3
Installed Python version: 3.7.12 (default, Nov 23 2021, 15:49:55)
[GCC 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-44)]
Password for config file decryption:
Decrypting 'encrypted-config.yaml'
Validating config file 'encrypted-config.yaml'
InsecureRequestWarning: Unverified HTTPS request is being made. Adding certificate verification is strongly advised.
Connected to vCloud Director (
Connected to vCenter Server 'demovc.local' as '[email protected]' (demovc.local)
Config file 'encrypted-config.yaml' is valid
Uploading 'ubuntu-2004-kube-v1.21.2+vmware.1-tkg.1-7832907791984498322' to catalog 'cse-site1-k8s'
Uploaded 'ubuntu-2004-kube-v1.21.2+vmware.1-tkg.1-7832907791984498322' to catalog 'cse-site1-k8s'
Writing metadata onto catalog item ubuntu-2004-kube-v1.21.2+vmware.1-tkg.1-7832907791984498322.
Successfully imported TKGm OVA.

Step3: Restart CSE service.

I assume you’ve configured CSE to run as service. If yest restart the service.

Step4: Confirm TKG is available as option for Kubernetes Runtime

Login to the tenant portal and navigate to More > Kubernetes Container Clusters.

Click on New