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Attach an Existing Kubernetes Cluster

Attach an existing Kubernetes cluster using kubeconfig

Attach Kubernetes Cluster

You can attach an existing cluster directly to Kommander. At the time of attachment, certain namespaces are created on the cluster, and workspace platform applications are deployed automatically into the newly-created namespaces.

Review the Workspace Platform Application Configuration Requirements to ensure the attached cluster has sufficient resources. For more information on platform applications and customizing them, see Workspace Applications.

If the cluster you want to attach was created using Amazon EKS or Google GKE, create a service account as described below. If you are attaching an Amazon EKS cluster to Kommander, detailed instructions are available.

Create a kubeconfig file for your EKS cluster

If you already have a kubeconfig file, SKIP this section.

To get started, ensure you have kubectl set up and configured with ClusterAdmin for the cluster you want to connect to Kommander.

  1. Create the necessary service account:

    kubectl -n kube-system create serviceaccount kommander-cluster-admin
  2. Create a token secret for the serviceaccount:

    kubectl -n kube-system create  -f - <<EOF
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Secret
      name: kommander-cluster-admin-sa-token
      annotations: kommander-cluster-admin
  3. Verify that the serviceaccount token is ready by running this command:

    kubectl -n kube-system get secret kommander-cluster-admin-sa-token -oyaml

    Verify that the data.token field is populated. The output should be similar to this:

    apiVersion: v1
      ca.crt: LS0tLS1CRUdJTiBDR...
      namespace: ZGVmYXVsdA==
      token: ZXlKaGJHY2lPaUpTVX...
    kind: Secret
      annotations: kommander-cluster-admin b62bc32e-b502-4654-921d-94a742e273a8
      creationTimestamp: "2022-08-19T13:36:42Z"
      name: kommander-cluster-admin-sa-token
      namespace: default
      resourceVersion: "8554"
      uid: 72c2a4f0-636d-4a70-9f1c-55a75f15e520
  4. Configure the new service account for cluster-admin permissions:

    cat << EOF | kubectl apply -f -
    kind: ClusterRoleBinding
      name: kommander-cluster-admin
      kind: ClusterRole
      name: cluster-admin
    - kind: ServiceAccount
      name: kommander-cluster-admin
      namespace: kube-system
  5. Set up the following environment variables with the access data that is needed for producing a new kubeconfig file:

    export USER_TOKEN_VALUE=$(kubectl -n kube-system get secret/kommander-cluster-admin-sa-token -o=go-template='{{.data.token}}' | base64 --decode)
    export CURRENT_CONTEXT=$(kubectl config current-context)
    export CURRENT_CLUSTER=$(kubectl config view --raw -o=go-template='{{range .contexts}}{{if eq .name "'''${CURRENT_CONTEXT}'''"}}{{ index .context "cluster" }}{{end}}{{end}}')
    export CLUSTER_CA=$(kubectl config view --raw -o=go-template='{{range .clusters}}{{if eq .name "'''${CURRENT_CLUSTER}'''"}}"{{with index .cluster "certificate-authority-data" }}{{.}}{{end}}"{{ end }}{{ end }}')
    export CLUSTER_SERVER=$(kubectl config view --raw -o=go-template='{{range .clusters}}{{if eq .name "'''${CURRENT_CLUSTER}'''"}}{{ .cluster.server }}{{end}}{{ end }}')
  6. Confirm these variables have been set correctly:

  7. Generate a kubeconfig file that uses the environment variable values from the previous step:

    cat << EOF > kommander-cluster-admin-config
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Config
    current-context: ${CURRENT_CONTEXT}
    - name: ${CURRENT_CONTEXT}
        cluster: ${CURRENT_CONTEXT}
        user: kommander-cluster-admin
        namespace: kube-system
    - name: ${CURRENT_CONTEXT}
        certificate-authority-data: ${CLUSTER_CA}
        server: ${CLUSTER_SERVER}
    - name: kommander-cluster-admin
        token: ${USER_TOKEN_VALUE}
  8. This process produces a file in your current working directory called kommander-cluster-admin-config. The contents of this file are used in Kommander to attach the cluster.
    Before importing this configuration, verify the kubeconfig file can access the cluster:

    kubectl --kubeconfig $(pwd)/kommander-cluster-admin-config get all --all-namespaces

Finalize attaching your cluster from the UI

Using the Add Cluster option, you can attach an existing Kubernetes or Konvoy cluster directly to Kommander. This enables you to access the multi-cluster management and monitoring benefits that Kommander provides, while keeping your existing cluster on its current provider and infrastructure.

  1. From the top menu bar, select your target workspace.

  2. On the Dashboard page, select the Add Cluster option in the Actions dropdown menu at the top right.

  3. Select Attach Cluster.

  4. Select the No additional networking restrictions card. Alternatively, if you MUST use network restrictions, stop following the steps below, and see the instructions on the page Attach a Cluster with Network Restrictions.

  5. Upload the kubeconfig file you created in the previous section (or copy its contents) into the Cluster Configuration section.

  6. The Cluster Name field automatically populates with the name of the cluster is in the kubeconfig. You can edit this field with the name you want for your cluster.

  7. The Context select list is populated from the kubeconfig. Select the desired context with admin privileges from the Context select list.

  8. Add labels to classify your cluster as needed.

  9. Select Create to attach your cluster.

Platform applications extend the functionality of Kubernetes and provide ready-to-use logging and monitoring stacks by deploying platform applications when attaching a cluster to Kommander. For more information, refer to Workspace Applications.

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