rtyler

Provision a personal Kubernetes in 3 minutes on Azure

At my previous company one frequent request made by developers was along the lines of "I want to be able to run a development stack on my machine." Frankly, I never understood this desire, and still don't. While I would agree that my laptop is underpowered, running a stack of JVMs and other applications, in addition to a web browser, would bring most machines to a crawl. An ideal alternative, is to simply operate a personal Kubernetes environment in a public cloud. Fortunately, that is now a genuinely simple task.

Last year the team at Microsoft working on Azure introduced "AKS", a managed Kubernetes environment. They also introduced Cloud Shell which allows for a quick shell in the Azure portal for running authenticated commands. What they didn't talk too much about, was that Cloud Shell comes pre-baked with:

With both of these, it's absurdly easy to provision a Kubernetes environment in under 3 minutes.

Below is an example I just ran:

tyler@Azure:~$ az group create -n unethicalblogger -l eastus
Location    Name
----------  ----------------
eastus      unethicalblogger
tyler@Azure:~$ az aks create -n ub -g unethicalblogger --node-count 1 --generate-ssh-keys -k 1.8.2 -l eastus
SSH key files '/home/tyler/.ssh/id_rsa' and '/home/tyler/.ssh/id_rsa.pub' have been generated under ~/.ssh to allow SSH acces
s to the VM. If using machines without permanent storage like Azure Cloud Shell without an attached file share, back up your
keys to a safe location
AAD role propagation done[############################################]  100.0000%
DnsPrefix                   Fqdn                                                      KubernetesVersion    Location    Name
  ProvisioningState    ResourceGroup
--------------------------  --------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  ----------  ------  -------------------  ----------------
ub-unethicalblogger-be5308  ub-unethicalblogger-be5308-ccbb80df.hcp.eastus.azmk8s.io  1.8.2                eastus      ub  Succeeded            unethicalblogger

Provisioning with Cloud Shell


In the above example I only deployed on "node" (Virtual Machine) which means the Kubernetes environment is going to cost about $50/month. Of course, I can scale that up with az aks scale if I need more capacity, but for small personal projects, this is more t han enough.

With my own personal Kubernetes provisioned, I can start dropping Helm charts into the environment without wasting any of laptops resources.

Quite fancy!

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