Kubernetes multi node cluster with Vagrant (included Kubernetes Dashboards, Grafana, Prometheus)

The following Vagrantfile code(syntax is Ruby) is creating one master node and two worker nodes for Kubernetes.

Go to Vagrantfile directory in Terminal and run the following code to create virtual machines.

As you can see in the below picture, three virtual machines are obtained and running.

But, Kubernetes cluester is still not ready. We created just an environment to install the cluster.

Let’s connect via SSH to Vagrant machines. As you can see, three terminal window is open and connected to masternode, workernode1, and workernode2 respectively. What we did till now was preparing environment to install Kubernetes cluster.

Kubernetes cluster installation

You can reach official installation details from the following page. But, I will also include all the steps here. 🙂


Installing Docker

apt-get update
apt-get install -y apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | apt-key add -
add-apt-repository "deb https://download.docker.com/linux/$(. /etc/os-release; echo "$ID") $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
apt-get update && apt-get install -y docker-ce=$(apt-cache madison docker-ce | grep 17.03 | head -1 | awk '{print $3}')

Installing kubeadm, kubelet and kubectl

apt-get update && apt-get install -y apt-transport-https curl
curl -s https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | apt-key add -
cat <<EOF >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubernetes.list
deb http://apt.kubernetes.io/ kubernetes-xenial main
apt-get update
apt-get install -y kubelet kubeadm kubectl
apt-mark hold kubelet kubeadm kubectl

Let’s check docker and kubectl is installed properly. Your installation should seem as below.

Initializing Master Node

Execute the following code in master node terminal. It will take several seconds.

kubeadm init --apiserver-advertise-address=""

Copy the following code from output of previous command and run in terminal window as below

Let’s check the nodes in Kubernetes cluster with the following code. As you can see, there is only master node and status is NOT READY

It is not ready because, the installation didn’t finish yet. When we check the pods in cluster, there are pods which have pending status.

We need to install one pod network per cluster by running following codes.

kubectl apply -f "https://cloud.weave.works/k8s/net?k8s-version=$(kubectl version | base64 | tr -d '\n')"
sysctl net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables=1

When I check the pods in cluster, status of all pods is running

We finished all the works for master node and now we need to create a token for work nodes to join master node. As I mentioned in previous lines, I didn’t use the default token because it is valid for 24 hours. You can see below picture is showing created tokens in list.

I created new token with the following code and TTL is forever.

kubeadm token create --print-join-command --ttl 0

Generated token is as below for me.

kubeadm join --token mgqbmz.1o7lvt39d7fu75xd --discovery-token-ca-cert-hash sha256:5a5c6eea1f2cb0e6e3f157f3ce45ab23cd98dcffe8c854b4948d1cd211fec8c7

Copy result of the code and paste in Worker nodes respectively.

run the following code in masternode terminal window and all worker nodes should appear Ready.

Installing Kubernetes Dashboard

You can reach Kubernetes Dashboard project below link.


Deploying the Dashboard UI

Run the following code in master node terminal to install Kubernetes Dashboard.

kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kubernetes/dashboard/master/src/deploy/recommended/kubernetes-dashboard.yaml

Accessing the Dashboard UI

Our master node ip is so, I specified IP address

kubectl proxy --address=

When you try below link from your local machine, you will see “unauthorized”!/login

So, run the following command, and you will see below screen shot.

kubectl proxy --address= --disable-filter=true

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