To get started with integrating virtual machines to your service mesh using Service Mesh Manager, we strongly recommend to add the first virtual machine by following the examples in this documentation and using the Service Mesh Manager demo application. That allows you to get familiar with the process without the added complexity of dealing with a real application.

The high-level steps of the procedure are the following:

  1. If the dashboard of your Service Mesh Manager deployment is not available via a public URL, expose it. Otherwise, the virtual machines won’t be able to retrieve their Istio configuration from the control plane. For details, see Exposing the Dashboard.
  2. Complete the rest of the Prerequisites using the different network approach, and set up your firewall.
  3. Complete the procedure described in Add a virtual machine to the mesh.