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Google Cloud Classic v7.27.0 published on Thursday, Jun 13, 2024 by Pulumi

Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) with a Canary Deployment

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Google Cloud Classic v7.27.0 published on Thursday, Jun 13, 2024 by Pulumi

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    This example provisions a Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) cluster, using infrastructure-as-code, and then deploys a Kubernetes Deployment into it, to test that the cluster is working. This demonstrates that you can manage both the Kubernetes objects themselves, in addition to underlying cloud infrastructure, using a single configuration language (in this case, TypeScript), tool, and workflow.


    Ensure you have downloaded and installed the Pulumi CLI.

    We will be deploying to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), so you will need an account. If you don’t have an account, sign up for free here. In either case, follow the instructions here to connect Pulumi to your GCP account.

    This example assumes that you have GCP’s gcloud CLI on your path. This is installed as part of the GCP SDK.

    Running the Example

    After cloning this repo, cd into it and run these commands. A GKE Kubernetes cluster will appear!

    1. Create a new stack, which is an isolated deployment target for this example:

      $ pulumi stack init gcp-ts-gke-dev
    2. Set the required configuration variables for this program:

      $ pulumi config set gcp:project [your-gcp-project-here]
      $ pulumi config set gcp:zone us-west1-a # any valid GCP zone here
      $ pulumi config set password --secret [your-cluster-password-here]

      By default, your cluster will have 3 nodes of type n1-standard-1. This is configurable, however; for instance if we’d like to choose 5 nodes of type n1-standard-2 instead, we can run these commands:

      $ pulumi config set nodeCount 5
      $ pulumi config set nodeMachineType n1-standard-2
      $ pulumi config set masterVersion #any valid MasterVersion

      This shows how stacks can be configurable in useful ways. You can even change these after provisioning.

    3. Deploy everything with the pulumi up command. This provisions all the GCP resources necessary, including your GKE cluster itself, and then deploys a Kubernetes Deployment running nginx, all in a single gesture:

      $ pulumi up

      This will show you a preview, ask for confirmation, and then chug away at provisioning your cluster:

      Updating stack 'gcp-ts-gke-dev'
      Performing changes:
           Type                            Name                       Plan       Info
       +   pulumi:pulumi:Stack             gcp-ts-gke-gcp-ts-gke-dev  create
       +   ├─ gcp:container:Cluster        gke-cluster                create
       +   ├─ pulumi:providers:kubernetes  gkeK8s                     create
       +   └─ kubernetes:apps:Deployment   canary                     create
          kubeConfig: "apiVersion: v1\n..."
      info: 4 changes updated:
          + 4 resources created
      Update duration: 2m07.424737735s

      After about two minutes, your cluster will be ready, and its config will be printed.

    4. From here, you may take this config and use it either in your ~/.kube/config file, or just by saving it locally and plugging it into the KUBECONFIG envvar. All of your usual gcloud commands will work too, of course.

      For instance:

      $ pulumi stack output kubeConfig --show-secrets > kubeconfig.yaml
      $ KUBECONFIG=./kubeconfig.yaml kubectl get po
      NAME                              READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
      canary-n7wfhtrp-fdbfd897b-lrm58   1/1       Running   0          58s
    5. At this point, you have a running cluster. Feel free to modify your program, and run pulumi up to redeploy changes. The Pulumi CLI automatically detects what has changed and makes the minimal edits necessary to accomplish these changes. This could be altering the existing chart, adding new GCP or Kubernetes resources, or anything, really.

    6. Once you are done, you can destroy all of the resources, and the stack:

      $ pulumi destroy
      $ pulumi stack rm
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    Google Cloud Classic v7.27.0 published on Thursday, Jun 13, 2024 by Pulumi