Creating a Kubernetes cluster

This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating a new Kubernetes cluster, using the OpenStack CLI. Container clusters are deployed and managed by the OpenStack Magnum project. You can use these clusters to deploy reproducible high-availability services and infrastructures

To get started, you'll need to have the OpenStack CLI set up: You can find a tutorial on how to do that in the Getting Started section

Additionally, you'll need the Kubectl. This allows you to deploy your applications as a cluster. Make sure it's the same version as used in the cluster you are deploying:

sudo snap install kubectl --channel=1.18/stable --classic

Configure the OpenStack CLI

Inside your virtual enviroment install the magnum client:

pip install python-magnumclient 

Then check if you are able to reach the server list using OpenStack CLI:

openstack server list 

If you get an authentication error, run:


again and make sure your password is correct

Choose a template

You can find a list of the various templates by entering the following:

openstack coe cluster template list

Choose the one that best fits your needs. In this tutorial we'll be using: k8s-fedora-coreos-32-ha-octavia-ingress

The template that we're going to use has support for: - ingress load balancing based on octavia high availability load balancers. - autoscaling using the kubernetes openstack autoscaler driver - encrypted cinder volumes for both hosts and containers i.e. persistent volume claims

We support our pre-configured templates, if you want to use custom templates or custom labels, you can, but it might not work and we're unable to support it.

Create a Cluster

Now that we have chosen a template we can create a new cluster

openstack coe cluster create my-k8s-cluster --cluster-template k8s-fedora-coreos-32-ha-octavia-ingress

This process may take a few minutes. To check up on the installation enter the following:

openstack coe cluster list 


When the status changes from CREATE_IN_PROGRESS to CREATE_COMPLETE the installation is complete. Next, you can retrieve the config:

openstack coe cluster config my-k8s-cluster

This will download a file called 'config' to your home directory.

export KUBECONFIG=/home/<username>/config 

The config is now usable by kubectl and you should be able to reach your cluster by entering:

kubectl get nodes -o wide 

Finally, we can configure the storage class to enable usage of persistent volume claims. First, create the storageclass.yaml file:

kind: StorageClass
 name: cinder-csi
 labels: "true"

Then apply it:

kubectl apply -f storageclass.yaml

You have now created a kubernetes cluster using the CLI.

Please note that only the creator of a cluster can delete it by entering the following:

openstack coe cluster delete my-k8s-cluster

If you are no longer able to access the required account to delete a cluster, contact leafcloud for support.