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Register Kind

Steps to register Kind Cluster in gopaddle

Kind cluster can be registered in gopaddle either using its public IP address or a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or securely via a Bastion Host or a Jump server.

1. Port Configuration

In the steps to follow, we will be configuring Nginx server to proxy the requests to the Cluster API server. Make sure port the Nginx server port (default 80) is open to public.

2. Set up Nginx Proxy

  1. Install Python3 and Pip, if not already installed.

sudo apt install python3 -y
sudo apt install python3-pip -y
python3 --version
  1. Make a temporary directory to download the scripts

export TMP_DIR=$HOME/gp_temp/
mkdir -p $TMP_DIR
  1. Set the cluster name

export CLUSTER_NAME=<cluster_name>
  1. Download the script to extract the API server URL, CA Authority, Client certificate and key data from the default Kubernetes Configuration file.

curl -o $TMP_DIR/
chmod +x $TMP_DIR/
  1. Save the Kubernetes configuration in a temporary file named kube.config

sudo kind get kubeconfig --name=$CLUSTER_NAME > $TMP_DIR/kube.config
  1. Verify if the extraction script works as expected.

python3 $TMP_DIR/ API_SERVER_URL --tmp-dir $TMP_DIR

The output of this execution must result in a similar output like this - Eg output. Note that the ports might differ based on the cluster configuration.

  1. Install Nginx and set HTTP basic authentication for the user named kind.

sudo apt-get install apache2-utils -y
sudo mkdir /etc/nginx/
sudo htpasswd -c /etc/nginx/.htpasswd kind
  1. Download the scripts to prepare the Nginx configuration and SSL certificate files

curl -o $TMP_DIR/
chmod +x $TMP_DIR/
  1. Prepare the Nginx configuration and SSL certificate files

sudo mkdir /etc/nginx/certs
sudo mkdir /etc/nginx/conf.d
sudo sh $TMP_DIR/ $TMP_DIR
  1. Install docker, if not already installed. Check the steps here to install docker.

  2. Run Nginx container with the configuration and SSL certificate files.

sudo docker run -d --name nginx  --network host -v /etc/nginx/conf.d/:/etc/nginx/conf.d -v /etc/nginx/.htpasswd:/etc/nginx/.htpasswd -v /etc/nginx/certs/cluster.cert:/etc/nginx/certs/cluster.cert -v /etc/nginx/certs/cluster.key:/etc/nginx/certs/cluster.key nginx
  1. Check if Nginx proxy works (skip this step for bastion host setup)

Open a browser session with the public IP address or the FQDN of the cluster master node. Eg. http://<public_ip>

This must show a popup for authentication. Enter the Username as kind and password set in step 6.

  1. Copy the kube.config file to your local desktop environment

cat $TMP_DIR/kube.config

3. Validate Connection from Local Desktop Environment

  1. Edit the kube.config and replace the server with the Nginx endpoint with basic authentication like this - http://<httpd_user>:<http_password>@<public-ip_or_fqdn>

Based our Nginx configuration in this example, the protocol must be http and not https

apiVersion: v1
- cluster:
    certificate-authority-data: <cert-auth-data>
    server: http://kind:<http_passwd>@<public-ip_or_fqdn>
  name: kind-test
- context:
    cluster: kind-test
    user: kind-test
  name: kind-test
current-context: kind-test
kind: Config
preferences: {}
- name: kind-test
    client-certificate-data: <client-cert-data>
    client-key-data: <client-key-data>
  1. Verify if kube configuration works.

export KUBECONFIG=$(pwd)/kube.config
kubectl get ns
$ kubectl get ns
NAME                 STATUS   AGE
default              Active   9m32s
kube-node-lease      Active   9m32s
kube-public          Active   9m32s
kube-system          Active   9m32s
local-path-storage   Active   9m28s
  1. Use this kube.config file to register the cluster in gopaddle.

4. Register the Cluster in gopaddle

  1. In the gopaddle UI, navigate to the Clusters section

  2. Click on Add a Cluster and select Register an existing Cluster

  3. In the Cluster registration wizard, select the Cluster Access Method as Kube Config

  4. Choose the Cluster Provider type as Other

  5. In the Authentication Step, upload the Kubernetes config file gathered under section "Validate Connection from Local Desktop Environment"

  1. If you have configured a bastion host, provide the Bastion Host IP, SSH Pem file, SSH port

If you are using a Bastion Host setup, make sure the Bastion Host IP and Port are accessible publicly. If you are looking for a private only setup, get in touch with us to explore gopaddle Enterprises.

  1. Click on Finish to register the On-premises Cluster.

  2. If you see the error - Network Error ! ServerError: Response not successful: Received status code 503, while view the cluster resources, then check this troubleshooting section for more information.

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