Azure Kubernetes Cluster (AKS) – Creation steps

Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) brings these two solutions together, allowing users to quickly and easily create fully managed Kubernetes clusters.

Here we will create Azure Kubernetes cluster (AKS) using Azure cli.
The master server of the Kubernetes cluster will be managed by Azure (this is free) and only the worker nodes will be created in Virtual machine section of the Azure. We can use the kubectl to interact with the pods.

Sign up for Microsoft Azure account with a subscription or create a new free account.

The first step is to provision a new Kubernetes cluster using the Microsoft Azure CLI. Follow these steps:

Install AZ using below command

curl -L | bash

Install Kubectl using below commands on RHEL or CentOS

sudo cat < /etc/yum.repos.d/kubernetes.repo

sudo yum install -y kubectl

Log in to Microsoft Azure using below command.
This will generate a url and unique code. Open the url in the browser and copy the code for login successfully.

az login

Create a resource group by mentioning the resource group name and location

az group create --name Dev-AKS --location eastus

Create a cluster by specifying the cluster name and node count as 3 nodes

az aks create --resource-group Dev-AKS --name Dev-AKS-1 --node-count 3 --enable-addons monitoring --generate-ssh-keys

Get the Credetials for the cluster which will allow to communicate with the created cluster.

az aks get-credentials --name Dev-AKS-1 --resource-group Dev-AKS

Next use kubectl commands to check cluster resources

kubectl describe cluster
kubectl get services
kubectl get pods

Deployment into Kubernetes on Google Cloud

Let’s Deploy an application into Kubernetes on GCP (Google Cloud Platform).

Install the Google Cloud SDK, which includes the gcloud command-line tool.

Install the Kubernetes command-line tool. kubectl is used to communicate with Kubernetes, which is the cluster orchestration system of Kubernetes Engine clusters

Create a project in your GCP console and retrieve the Project ID of it

Next set your project and zone with below commands

gcloud config set project [PROJECT_ID]
gcloud config set compute/zone us-central1-b

export PROJECT_ID="$(gcloud config get-value project -q)"

Download sample applications
git clone

Switch to the directory

cd kubernetes-engine-samples/hello-app

Install the Docker using below commands

sudo yum install docker -y
docker --version
sudo service docker status
sudo service docker start
sudo docker images
sudo docker ps

The value of PROJECT_ID will be used to tag the container image for pushing it to your private Container Registry.

docker build -t${PROJECT_ID}/my-app:v1 .

The prefix refers to Google Container Registry, where the image will be stored. Let’s push the docker image to GCR (If you not enabled GCR then enable it from your console)

docker images
gcloud docker -- push${PROJECT_ID}/my-app:v1

Create a container cluster

Now that the container image is stored in a registry, you need to create a container cluster to run the container image. A cluster consists of a pool of Compute Engine VM instances running Kubernetes, the open source cluster orchestration system that powers Kubernetes Engine.

Run the following command to create a four-node cluster named myapp-cluster:

gcloud container clusters create myapp-cluster --num-nodes=4
gcloud compute instances list

Let’s Deploy application to Kubernetes

To deploy and manage applications on a Kubernetes Engine cluster, you must communicate with the Kubernetes cluster management system. You typically do this by using the kubectl command-line tool.

The kubectl run command below causes Kubernetes to create a Deployment named myapp-web on your cluster. The Deployment manages multiple copies of your application, called replicas, and schedules them to run on the individual nodes in your cluster.

Run the following command to deploy your application, listening on port 8090:

kubectl run hello-web${PROJECT_ID}/my-app:v1 --port 8090
kubectl get deployment myapp-web
kubectl get pods

Expose your application to the Internet

kubectl expose deployment myapp-web --type=LoadBalancer --port 80 --target-port 8090

The kubectl expose command above creates a Service resource, which provides networking and IP support to your application’s Pods. Kubernetes Engine creates an external IP and a Load Balancer for your application.

The –port flag specifies the port number configured on the Load Balancer, and the –target-port flag specifies the port number that is used by the Pod created by the kubectl run command from the previous step.

Get your service IP address by using below command

kubectl get service

Scale up your application using below commands

kubectl scale deployment myapp-web --replicas=2
kubectl get deployment myapp-web
kubectl get pods

To Deploy a new version of your app use below commands

docker build -t${PROJECT_ID}/my-app:v2 .
gcloud docker -- push${PROJECT_ID}/my-app:v2
kubectl set image deployment/myapp-web${PROJECT_ID}/my-app:v2

Clean up the things using below commands

kubectl delete service myapp-web
gcloud compute forwarding-rules list
gcloud container clusters delete myapp-cluster