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Daniel Persson
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Creating your first Kubernetes cluster

We look into installing k3s cluster locally using virtual servers. VirtualBox is used to create one controller and two nodes, connect them and install a dashboard.

Creating a small K3S cluster.

First ensure that you have curl installed the nodes and server so you can install the packages for k3s.

First run the command below in order to create a control node, a server that all your other nodes will connect to in order to get their commands from.

curl -sfL | sh -

Next up we need to setup the nodes. And in order to set this up we need some information. Run the commands below on the server to fetch the internal IP address of the network with the controller and nodes. We also need a security token from the server which we can fetch with cat.

ip addr show
cat /var/lib/rancher/k3s/server/node-token

After we have fetch these information pieces we will add them to the command below and run this on our nodes in order to connect them to the cluster.

curl -sfL | K3S_URL=https://[server_internal_ip_address]:6443 K3S_TOKEN=[TOKEN_FROM_COMMAND_ABOVE] sh -

We now have a working cluster and we need some application to run on the cluster. A nice application to run is the dashboard where you can test the network. The command below we run on the controller/server and this will send instructions to the nodes to install the dashboard and metric server.

kubectl apply -f

Next we need an account so we can administrate everything. Start by creating a file named service-account.yaml and add the information below. This will create the admin Service Account.

apiVersion: v1
kind: ServiceAccount
  name: admin-user
  namespace: kube-system

Next up we setup what the new account can manage by creating a file named cluster-role.yaml and adding the text below.

kind: ClusterRoleBinding
  name: admin-user
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: cluster-admin
- kind: ServiceAccount
  name: admin-user
  namespace: kube-system

Running these command will import the configurations we created above.

kubectl apply -f service-account.yaml 
kubectl apply -f cluster-role.yaml

Now we have a service account but we need another token in order to login to the dashboard. This can be located by running the command below. Look for "Token: " and copy the long token string.

kubectl -n kube-system describe secret $(kubectl -n kube-system get secret | grep admin-user | awk '{print $1}')

Lastly we need to open up the dashboard so we can reach it outside the cluster. We can do this with a port forwarding using the external ip address of your cluster.

kubectl port-forward -n kubernetes-dashboard service/kubernetes-dashboard 10443:443 --address [server_external_ip_address]

In order to reach your dashboard you visit https://[server_external_ip_address]:10443 this site is using SSL and we haven't setup any certificates so you might need to use a web browser that don't require signed certificates.

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Roy Larsen

k3s is awesome. I've been playing around with it at home.

There's also this tool:

It's an neat tool to help bootstrap manager and worker nodes