Pimp my Kubernetes WebUI

There is a very easy way to pimp the Kubernetes WebUI with monitoring output. The whole thing we now realize super fast via Heapster, InfluxDB and Grafana.

Conditions

  • Installed and running Docker for Mac (edge)
  • Kubernetes enabled

Preparation

Now login to the WebUI with the token.

WebUI Token Login

Enable Monitoring

Download all 3 files from GitHub kubernetes/Heapster into your project. After download we need to modify a little bit and create deployment + service.

Attention: The respective sections Services have to be adapted!
… But leave the rest of the content as is.

That’s it already – our monitoring is enabled! Let’s take a look at everything.

Grafana Dashboards

Grafana Cluster Dashboard

Grafana Pod Dashboard

WebUI Dashboards

After a while it should look like this.

WebUI Workloads

WebUI Pods

Running Jenkins on Kubernetes (Docker for Mac)

Now we will deploy Jenkins-Docker on local Kubernetes. If you haven’t Kubernetes running yet, feel free to have a look on my previous tutorial. I will try to describe with very basic steps the tutorial. That’s may confusing for advanced peoples or experts but it should help beginner to get in that topic. For example, this tutorial uses 2 YAML files.

Preparation

Let’s go – start Jenkins container on Kubernetes

Open Jenkins in Browser

Jenkins is already running but you cannot access Jenkins without one important step! You need to configure the network routing. Probably the easiest option to do that is a simple port-forward.

The 2nd way is to expose a service. This possibility is recommended only for local environments! For example on AWS you use load-balancer and there the way is a little bit different.

Whatever way you prefer, you need the initial admin password for Jenkins and/or you may need to see logs.

That’s it… Now you can use Jenkins.

CleanUp

If you want to clean up, proceed as follows.

Kubernetes with Docker for Mac

The newer versions of Docker for Mac actually bring everything for the use of Kubernetes. Since the current documentation is not so optimal, I try it in my own way. Since I plan to further testing tutorials on this topic, this guide will serve as a basis.

Preparation

Kubernetes is currently only supported via Docker Edge. Caution, if you switch from stable to edge all Docker images and containers will be deleted! If you are already using the Edge version, skip the following steps 1 till 3.

Docker for Mac Version Stable

  1. Download Docker for Mac Edge Version… You can exit Docker for Mac while downloading.
  2. After successful download of DMG start the installation (Replace the old version).
  3. Start Docker and follow the instructions.
  4. Activate Kubernetes now via “Enable Kubernetes” checkbox and install the Kubernetes cluster. This can take a while, do not lose your patience!
  5. When the installation is finished you can check it.

Enable Kubernetes

Docker Version Edge with Kubernetes

Note, if you have already used minikube, you should now switch the cluster. You can switch between clusters at any time via GUI or command-line.

Now it’s a good time to know some more about current cluster, nodes, pods and namespaces. This will help to understand everything better!

As you can see, everything is working fine. The system is now ready for usage. By the way, have a look on your Docker images!

Deploying the Kubernetes Web UI Dashboard

Finally we deploy the Kubernetes Web UI Dashboard on our new Kubernetes Master as a Pod in namespace kube-system. The Dashboard is not installed/deployed by default. Although everything is possible via command-line, it can help to better understand and analyze the system.

Skip Authentication

You can skip authentication and jump directly to the dashboard. This step should may give you a hint. Never ever do the same in production!

Kubernetes Dashboard

That’s it already! Have a look on created dashboard and get familiar with your new Kubernetes environment.