Install Kubernetes from Scratch - TLS Bootstrap Kubelet

Install Kubernetes from Scratch - TLS Bootstrap Kubelet

Checkout the full Kubernetes Certified Administrator course at:

All the instructions required to deploy this cluster is recorded in the github repository here.


In this demo we look at TLS bootstrapping a worker node. The worker-2 node in our case.

To enable TLS bootstrapping feature you must meet two pre-requisites. The first is to have the “enable bootstrap token auth” option set to true on the kube-api server. We can check this by running ps aux command and looking at the kube-api server process. We see that it is enabled in our case.

The next is for the controller manager to have the cluster signing certificate and key. Again we use the ps command to list the controller-manager and we see its working. Once done, proceed with the bootstrapping process.

On the worker node, download the required binaries for kubelet, kube-proxy and kubectl utility.

Then create the rquired directory structures and then move the binaries to the bin directory. Finally move the CA certificate in place. Note that we do not have the kubelet certificate generated in this case.

As discussed in the previous lecture, we must create bootstrap token to be used by the kubelet. Do this by creating a bootstrap token secret object.

Then authorize the bearer of that token , the worker nodes, permission to create CSR. For this we create a cluster role binding object. We can do this in two ways, either by create a YAML definition file, the declarative way or with a single command, the imperative way. We will follow the imperative approach.

Next Authorize the worker to approve the CSR by creating another cluster role binding.

And finally authorize the worker to renew CSR by itself.

We then configure the kubelet to bootstrap. Earlier for worker-1 remember we created a kubeconfig file with the certificates we created? Well, we don’t have certificates for worker-2. So we don’t create a kubeconfig file. Instead we create a bootstrap kubeconfig file with the bootstrap token we created. Again you can do this with 4 individual commands, the commands that we saw earlier in this course, or you can just create the bootstrap kubeconfig file maually. It’s the same thing. We then create the kubelet config file which has information about the environment.

And finally we configure the kubelet service itself. We specify the bootstrap kubeconfig instead of kubeconfig.

Before starting the service remember to configure kube-proxy as well. Kube-proxy is configured as usual.

Once done, reload, enable and start the services. Verify the state of the kubelet service. Ensure its active.

Let us now check the status of CSRs on the mater. The client certificates used by kubelet to access the api server gets approved automatically. However you can see the one for the kubelet-server is in a pending state.

Run the kubectl certificate approve command to approve it.

Verify the state of the nodes by running the kubectl get nodes command.

We have successfully joined the worker node to the cluster.

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Install Kubernetes from Scratch - TLS Bootstrap Kubelet
Christa  Stehr

Christa Stehr


50+ Useful Kubernetes Tools for 2020 - Part 2


Last year, we provided a list of Kubernetes tools that proved so popular we have decided to curate another list of some useful additions for working with the platform—among which are many tools that we personally use here at Caylent. Check out the original tools list here in case you missed it.

According to a recent survey done by Stackrox, the dominance Kubernetes enjoys in the market continues to be reinforced, with 86% of respondents using it for container orchestration.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

And as you can see below, more and more companies are jumping into containerization for their apps. If you’re among them, here are some tools to aid you going forward as Kubernetes continues its rapid growth.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

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Maud  Rosenbaum

Maud Rosenbaum


Kubernetes in the Cloud: Strategies for Effective Multi Cloud Implementations

Kubernetes is a highly popular container orchestration platform. Multi cloud is a strategy that leverages cloud resources from multiple vendors. Multi cloud strategies have become popular because they help prevent vendor lock-in and enable you to leverage a wide variety of cloud resources. However, multi cloud ecosystems are notoriously difficult to configure and maintain.

This article explains how you can leverage Kubernetes to reduce multi cloud complexities and improve stability, scalability, and velocity.

Kubernetes: Your Multi Cloud Strategy

Maintaining standardized application deployments becomes more challenging as your number of applications and the technologies they are based on increase. As environments, operating systems, and dependencies differ, management and operations require more effort and extensive documentation.

In the past, teams tried to get around these difficulties by creating isolated projects in the data center. Each project, including its configurations and requirements were managed independently. This required accurately predicting performance and the number of users before deployment and taking down applications to update operating systems or applications. There were many chances for error.

Kubernetes can provide an alternative to the old method, enabling teams to deploy applications independent of the environment in containers. This eliminates the need to create resource partitions and enables teams to operate infrastructure as a unified whole.

In particular, Kubernetes makes it easier to deploy a multi cloud strategy since it enables you to abstract away service differences. With Kubernetes deployments you can work from a consistent platform and optimize services and applications according to your business needs.

The Compelling Attributes of Multi Cloud Kubernetes

Multi cloud Kubernetes can provide multiple benefits beyond a single cloud deployment. Below are some of the most notable advantages.


In addition to the built-in scalability, fault tolerance, and auto-healing features of Kubernetes, multi cloud deployments can provide service redundancy. For example, you can mirror applications or split microservices across vendors. This reduces the risk of a vendor-related outage and enables you to create failovers.

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Install Kubernetes from Scratch - Demo - TLS Bootstrap Worker Node

Install Kubernetes from Scratch - Demo - TLS Bootstrap Worker Node

Checkout the full Kubernetes Certified Administrator course at:

All the instructions required to deploy this cluster is recorded in the github repository here.


We now demonstrate how to add a worker node with the TLS bootstrap approach.

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Install Kubernetes from Scratch [19] - End to End Tests: Run smoke test

Checkout the full Kubernetes Certified Administrator course at: All the instructions required to deploy this cluster is recorded in th

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Mitchel  Carter

Mitchel Carter


Microsoft Announces General Availability Of Bridge To Kubernetes

Recently, Microsoft announced the general availability of Bridge to Kubernetes, formerly known as Local Process with Kubernetes. It is an iterative development tool offered in Visual Studio and VS Code, which allows developers to write, test as well as debug microservice code on their development workstations while consuming dependencies and inheriting the existing configuration from a Kubernetes environment.

Nick Greenfield, Program Manager, Bridge to Kubernetes stated in an official blog post, “Bridge to Kubernetes is expanding support to any Kubernetes. Whether you’re connecting to your development cluster running in the cloud, or to your local Kubernetes cluster, Bridge to Kubernetes is available for your end-to-end debugging scenarios.”

Bridge to Kubernetes provides a number of compelling features. Some of them are mentioned below-

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