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Create AKS Cluster

Step-01: Introduction

  • Understand about AKS Cluster
  • Discuss about Kubernetes Architecture from AKS Cluster perspective

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Step-02: Create AKS Cluster

  • Create Kubernetes Cluster
  • Basics
  • Subscription: Free Trial
  • Resource Group: Creat New: aks-rg1
  • Kubernetes Cluster Name: aksdemo1
  • Region: (US) Central US
  • Kubernetes Version: Select what ever is latest stable version
  • Node Size: Standard DS2 v2 (Default one)
  • Node Count: 1
  • Node Pools
  • leave to defaults
  • Authentication
  • Authentication method: System-assigned managed identity
  • Rest all leave to defaults
  • Networking
  • Network Configuration: Advanced
  • Network Policy: Azure
  • Rest all leave to defaults
  • Integrations
  • Azure Container Registry: None
  • leave to defaults
  • Tags
  • leave to defaults
  • Review + Create
  • Click on Create

Step-03: Cloud Shell - Configure kubectl to connect to AKS Cluster

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    # Template
    az aks get-credentials --resource-group <Resource-Group-Name> --name <Cluster-Name>
    # Replace Resource Group & Cluster Name
    az aks get-credentials --resource-group aks-rg1 --name aksdemo1
    # List Kubernetes Worker Nodes
    kubectl get nodes 
    kubectl get nodes -o wide

Step-04: Explore Cluster Control Plane and Workload inside that

# List Namespaces
kubectl get namespaces
kubectl get ns

# List Pods from all namespaces
kubectl get pods --all-namespaces

# List all k8s objects from Cluster Control plane
kubectl get all --all-namespaces

Step-05: Explore the AKS cluster on Azure Management Console

  • Explore the following features on high-level
  • Overview
  • Activity Log
  • Access Control (IAM)
  • Security
  • Diagnose and solver problems
  • Settings
  • Node Pools
  • Upgrade
  • Scale
  • Networking
  • DevSpaces
  • Deployment Center
  • Policies
  • Monitoring
  • Insights
  • Alerts
  • Metrics
  • and many more
  • VM Scale Sets
  • Verify Azure VM Instances
  • Verify if Enhanced Networking is enabled or not

Step-06: Local Desktop - Install Azure CLI and Azure AKS CLI

# Install Azure CLI (MAC)
brew update && brew install azure-cli

# Install Azure AKS CLI
az aks install-cli

# Configure Cluster Creds (kube config)
az aks get-credentials --resource-group aks-rg1 --name aksdemo1

# List AKS Nodes
kubectl get nodes 
kubectl get nodes -o wide
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Step-07: Deploy Sample Application and Test

  • Don't worry about what is present in these two files for now.
  • By the time we complete Kubernetes Fundamentals sections, you will be an expert in writing Kubernetes manifest in YAML.
  • For now just focus on result.
    # Deploy Application
    kubectl apply -f kube-manifests/
    # Verify Pods
    kubectl get pods
    # Verify Deployment
    kubectl get deployment
    # Verify Service (Make a note of external ip)
    kubectl get service
    # Access Application

Step-07: Clean-Up

# Delete Applications
kubectl delete -f kube-manifests/


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