1. Deploy the certificate helm chart on Kubernetes


    To deploy a Helm chart for managing certificates on a Kubernetes cluster using Pulumi, you'll be using the Chart resource from the @pulumi/kubernetes package. Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes that allows you to define, install, and upgrade complex Kubernetes applications. Charts are packages of pre-configured Kubernetes resources.

    Here's what you need to deploy a Helm chart for certificates, such as cert-manager, which is a common choice for certificate management in Kubernetes:

    1. Prerequisites:

      • Install Pulumi and configure Kubernetes CLI (kubectl) with access to your Kubernetes cluster.
      • Install Node.js and npm to write and run the Pulumi program in TypeScript.
      • Ensure you have a running Kubernetes cluster where you can deploy Helm charts.
    2. Creating a new Pulumi project:

      • Run pulumi new kubernetes-typescript to create a new Pulumi project with the necessary setup for TypeScript.
    3. Writing the Pulumi code:

      • The Pulumi code below creates a new instance of the Chart resource, deploying cert-manager from its Helm chart. Make sure to replace the repo and version properties with the ones corresponding to your chosen Helm chart.

    Below is the Pulumi program in TypeScript that deploys the cert-manager Helm chart to your Kubernetes cluster:

    import * as k8s from "@pulumi/kubernetes"; const certManagerChart = new k8s.helm.v3.Chart("cert-manager", { repo: "jetstack", // The Helm chart repository for cert-manager chart: "cert-manager", version: "1.3.0", // Replace with the desired chart version namespace: "cert-manager", // Optional: Specify the namespace for deployment values: { installCRDs: true, // You can specify additional configurations here based on your requirements }, }); export const certManagerChartName = certManagerChart.chart.metadata.getName();

    This Pulumi program performs the following actions:

    • It imports the Pulumi Kubernetes package to allow for Kubernetes resource creation.
    • The Chart resource definition deploys the cert-manager using Helm. The repository (repo) points to jetstack, which is the organization providing the cert-manager chart. The chart is named cert-manager, and you can define a specific version of the chart that you want to deploy. The namespace specifies where to deploy the chart within your Kubernetes cluster; if the namespace doesn't exist, it will be created.
    • The values section can be used to customize the installation of the chart. Here, installCRDs is set to true, which will install Custom Resource Definitions that cert-manager uses.
    • Finally, it exports the chart name as certManagerChartName, which will appear in the Pulumi stack's outputs.

    To deploy this Pulumi program:

    • Save the above code into a file named index.ts.
    • Run pulumi up from the command line. Pulumi will perform the deployment based on the code and show you a preview of changes before applying them.
    • Review the proposed changes and confirm that you want to proceed with the deployment.

    After the successful completion of pulumi up, the cert-manager Helm chart will be deployed to your Kubernetes cluster. This utility will automatically manage certificates in your cluster, such as issuing and renewing them.