Difficulty: intermediate
Estimated Time: 10-15 minutes

In this scenario you'll learn how to bootstrap a Kubernetes cluster using Kubeadm.

Kubeadm solves the problem of handling TLS encryption configuration, deploying the core Kubernetes components and ensuring that additional nodes can easily join the cluster. The resulting cluster is secured out of the box via mechanisms such as RBAC.

More details on Kubeadm can be found at https://github.com/kubernetes/kubeadm

Getting Started With Kubeadm on Windows

Step 1 of 6

Step 1 - Initialise Master


The command below will initialise the cluster with a known token to simplify the following steps.

kubeadm init --pod-network-cidr= --token=102952.1a7dd4cc8d1f4cc5 --kubernetes-version $(kubeadm version -o short)

In production, it's recommend to exclude the token causing kubeadm to generate one on your behalf.

To manage the Kubernetes cluster, the client configuration and certificates are required. This configuration is created when kubeadm initialises the cluster. The command copies the configuration to the users home directory and sets the environment variable for use with the CLI.

sudo cp /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/
sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/admin.conf
export KUBECONFIG=$HOME/admin.conf
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