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Disconnect or Delete Clusters

Disconnect or delete a cluster

Disconnect vs. delete

When you attach a cluster to Kommander that was not created with Kommander, you can later disconnect it. This does not alter the running state of the cluster, but simply removes it from the DKP UI. User workloads, platform services, and other Kubernetes resources are not cleaned up at detach.

After successfully detaching the cluster, manually disconnect the attached cluster's Flux installation from the management Git repository. Otherwise, changes to apps in the managed cluster's workspace will still be reflected on the cluster you just detached. Ensure your dkp configuration references the cluster, where you want to run the upgrade. You can do this by setting the KUBECONFIG environment variable to the appropriate kubeconfig file location. An alternative to initializing the KUBECONFIG environment variable is to use the –kubeconfig=cluster_name.conf flag. Then, run kubectl -n kommander-flux patch gitrepo management -p '{"spec":{"suspend":true}}' --type merge to make the cluster's workloads not managed by Kommander, anymore.

If you created the managed clusters with Kommander, you cannot disconnect the cluster, but you can delete the cluster. This completely removes the cluster and all of its cloud assets.

If you delete the management (Konvoy) cluster, you can not use Kommander to delete any managed clusters created by Kommander. If you want to delete all clusters, ensure you delete any managed clusters before finally deleting the management cluster.


See Statuses for a list of possible states a cluster can have when it is getting disconnected or deleted.


I cannot detach an attached cluster that is “Pending”

Sometimes attaching a Kubernetes cluster causes that cluster to get stuck in the “Pending” state. This can happen because the wrong kubeconfig file is used or the cluster is just not reachable. In order to detach the cluster, so it does not show in the UI, follow these steps:

  1. Determine the KommanderCluster resource backing the cluster you tried to attach. Enter the following command:

    kubectl -n WORKSPACE_NAMESPACE get kommandercluster

    Replace WORKSPACE_NAMESPACE with the actual current workspace name. You can find this name by going to https://YOUR_CLUSTER_DOMAIN_OR_IP_ADDRESS/dkp/kommander/dashboard/workspaces in your browser.

  2. Delete the cluster. Enter the following command:

    kubectl -n WORKSPACE_NAMESPACE delete kommandercluster CLUSTER_NAME
  3. If the resource does not go after a short time, remove its finalizers. Enter the following command:

    kubectl -n WORKSPACE_NAMESPACE patch kommandercluster CLUSTER_NAME --type json -p '[{"op":"remove", "path":"/metadata/finalizers"}]'

    This removes the cluster from the DKP UI.

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