Difficulty: intermediate
Estimated Time: 20 minutes

Mini Cloud Native Training

This is the result of my 24-hour-sprint exercise to try out katacoda. I used parts of our cloud native training content - service meshes.

This scenario will walk you through the following steps

  1. Setup kubernetes cluster
  2. Install istio
  3. Setup a part of the weave works example
  4. Connect to jaeger and view service traces

This scenario uses material from the following sources:

I used the weave works socks demo because it provides a nice example out of the box. This scenario is not about weave works itself, another demo would work as well.

You've completed the mini cloud native training!

To sum up, you did the following things:

  • You did setup a kubernetes cluster and installed istio into it
  • You installed the weave shops application and enabled it with istio
  • You used istio to view service traces

Mini Cloud Native Training

Step 1 of 4

Step 1 - Install Kubernetes

First step - setup Kubernetes. Kubernetes is already installed, but we need to setup the master node and join a slave node.

First setup kubernetes on the master node

kubeadm init --pod-network-cidr=

This will take some time. This will output something like this


Your Kubernetes master has initialized successfully!

If this does not work, you can reset the setting by executing kubeadm reset but be careful, this destroys the complete setup and you will have to start from scratch.

Execute this command to setup your kubectl environment

export KUBECONFIG=/etc/kubernetes/admin.conf

Next execute this command to check your cluster:

kubectl get nodes

It should show something like this:

master $ kubectl get nodes
master    NotReady   master    6m        v1.11.3

Now we have just a single cluster node.

Join the first node

Execute the following command to setup the kubernetes slave node and make it join the cluster.

kubectl delete node node01 --ignore-not-found=true && ssh node01 kubeadm reset --force && ssh node01 $(kubeadm token create --print-join-command)

What this long script does is:

  1. remove the node from the cluster if it was already there
  2. reset the node to empty state if something was already there
  3. make the node join initialize and join the cluster

Answer yes if you get a message like this:

Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes

If all goes well, above command should output something like this:

This node has joined the cluster:
* Certificate signing request was sent to master and a response
  was received.
* The Kubelet was informed of the new secure connection details.

Run 'kubectl get nodes' on the master to see this node join the cluster.

Check that the node is there

Execute this command to check that the node joined the cluster

kubectl get nodes

This still show "NotReady", but this is fine

Setup the flannel network

Execute the following command to setup the flannel network. This is required as above init does not yet setup an overlay network required to have a fully functional kubernetes cluster.

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/coreos/flannel/bc79dd1505b0c8681ece4de4c0d86c5cd2643275/Documentation/kube-flannel.yml

Now again check the status of the nodes

kubectl get nodes

This should progress to Ready

Make sure that above command outputs something like this, otherwise the Continue button won't let you