Vern  Greenholt

Vern Greenholt


Kubernetes Deployment With Helm Charts

Helm helps us to build a framework for clearly defined microservices, and manages our scalability needs (up or down), and assists in adding more Kubernetes nodes and pods to the cluster as needed. Instead of working with a holistic image, and increasing resources, you are running only a necessary set of images, and independently scaling them up.

  • Deployment Speed: A Helm map can quickly be deployed into a Kubernetes cluster. Either pull down a GitHub project with the Helm chart that you are planning to deploy, or give the Chart name from the desired Helm repository. The Consul-Helm repository can be pulled from GitHub, or from the default Helm repository hosted by Google.
  • Application Testing: You’re not alone in this - engineers have built Helm maps to guide you. Like any engineer with testing in mind, they expect failure, and design around it. You’ll appreciate the amount of tests available in several of the Helm map repos. The tests can range from proper load-testing, to simple config testing, to ensure that your services run properly.

What Are The Prerequisites For Installing And Using Helm?

  • A Kubernetes version 1.8 + cluster, enabled with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).
  • The command-line tool kubectl installed on your local machine, configured to connect with your cluster. More information on installing kubectl can be found in the official documentation.

The following command can test your connectivity:

kubectl cluster-info


If you see no errors, you’re connected to the cluster. If you access multiple clusters with kubectl, be sure to verify that you’ve selected the correct cluster context:

kubectl config get-contexts


Your output should look like:


* do-nyc1-k8s-example   do-nyc1-k8s-exam  do-nyc1-k8s-example-admin

   docker-for-desktop   docker-for-desktop-cluster docker-for-desktop


In this example the asterisk (*) indicates that we are connected to the do-nyc1-k8s-example cluster.

LAB: Creating A Kubernetes Deployment Using Helm Charts:

1. Installing Helm

First, we’re going to install the Helm command-line utility on our local host. Helm provides a script that will handle the MacOS, Windows, or Linux installation process.

Change to a writable directory, and download the GitHub repository script from Helm:

cd /tmp

curl >


Make the script executable with chmod:

chmod u+x


You can use your favorite text editor at this point to open the script, and inspect it to make sure it’s safe.

If you’re satisfied with it, run the following:



Next, you’ll be prompted to provide your password.

2. Installing A Helm Chart

Packages of Helm software are called charts. Helm comes pre-configured with a collection of curated charts called a stable. In their GitHub repos, you can search all of the available charts. Next, as an example, we’ll be installing the Kubernetes Dashboard.

Use Helm to install kubernetes-dashboard from the stable repo package:

helm install stable/kubernetes-dashboard --name dashboard-demo


NAME:  dashboard-demo
LAST DEPLOYED: Wed Aug 8 20:11:07 2018
NAMESPACE: default

. . .


Note the line NAME, highlighted in the output of the above example. In this case the name dashboard-demo was specified. That is our release name - a Helm release is a single one-chart deployment, with a specific configuration. With that map you can deploy several releases, each with its own configuration.

If you don’t use the —name to specify your own release name, Helm will create a random name for you.

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Kubernetes Deployment With Helm Charts
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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Introduction to Helm - Package Manager for Kubernetes

**Introduction to Kubernetes and Helm **

Kubernetes is one of the best platforms to deploy and manage containerized applications. But deploying such containerized applications to Kubernetes can be challenging. You have to write a detailed YAML file to deploy resources like pods, deployments, and services on Kubernetes that’s where Helm comes into the play. Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes; it’s the yum and apt of Kubernetes. It allows us to deploy resources to Kubernetes quickly. It deploys charts which are the packages of application. Helm is also an official Kubernetes project in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) under the category of incubating projects.

Why we need Helm?

Helm makes deployments so easy in Kubernetes, all you need to add helm charts on your Kubernetes cluster. All the Helm charts are stored in Helm repository; you can search the required application chart on Helm registry and add them to your Kubernetes cluster with ease. For example, if you want to deploy a WordPress app on your Kubernetes, you have to create Yaml manifest files for deployment and service for both app and database, which can be quite complicated. Still, by using Helm you can deploy WordPress in a few minutes on your Kube cluster. Also if you want to deploy 50 microservices on Kubernetes using manifest files it consumes a whole lot of time and also there is an exorbitant probability of errors. Still, in case of Helm, you have to remember the name of required charts, and you can deploy these as quick as Flash.

How to install Helm?

The process of installing Helm is effortless, you can install it using the binaries, or you can use package managers.

From homebrew on macOS:

brew install Helm

From Chocolatey on windows:

choco install Kubernetes-helm

From installer script:

Helm now comes with an installer script, you can fetch this script to your system, and it automatically installs the latest version of Helm in your system.

$ curl -fsSL -o

$ chmod 700

$ ./

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Deploying LOGIQ on K3s using a Helm Chart

We’re huge fans of Helm Charts and the simplicity they bring to complex application deployments on Kubernetes and MicroK8s. We showed you how you could use Helm Charts to deploy LOGIQ on MicroK8s in a previous post. As a follow-up to that article, we’d like to show you how Helm Charts are equally helpful in deploying complex applications on other certified Kubernetes distributions such as K3s. In this article, you’ll learn how we use Helm Charts to deploy the LOGIQ observability platform on K3s. If you’ve never used K3s or Helm Charts before, you can use this article to get acquainted with both.

What is K3s?

K3s is a highly available, lightweight, and fully compliant Kubernetes distribution. K3s is packaged as a single binary, thereby reducing dependencies and minimizing installation, run, and auto-update steps that you’d typically have to take while managing a production Kubernetes cluster. As K3s is lightweight, you can run a cluster on machines with as little as 512 MB RAM and upwards.

K3s comes bundled with a local storage provider, a service load balancer, a Helm controller, and the Traefik ingress controller. A single binary and process encapsulate the operation of all Kubernetes control plane components, allowing K3s to automate and manage complex cluster operations like distributing certificates.

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Run your favorite Helm Chart using MicroK8s in 5 minutes

Helm is a Kubernetes package manager that helps you find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes. With Helm Charts, you can bundle Kubernetes deployments into a single package you can install by running a single command. At LOGIQ, we use Helm Charts on the regular. One of our favorite Helm Charts is logiq – the same Helm Chart we use for quick deployments of the LOGIQ observability platform for customers, prospects, and folks who’d love to know more about what we’re building.

This article will explain how you can deploy your favorite Helm Chart on MicroK8s in under 5 minutes.

What is MicroK8s?

MicroK8s is a lightweight, pure-upstream Kubernetes aiming to reduce entry barriers for K8s and cloud-native application development. It comes in a single package that installs a single-node (standalone) K8s cluster in under 60 seconds. While MicroK8s has all the Kubernetes core components, it is also opinionated, which means that many of the add-ons you would typically look for in Kubernetes, such as DNS, Helm, registry, storage, etc. are all a single command away.

What is LOGIQ?

LOGIQ is a complete observability platform for monitoring, log aggregation, and analytics with an infinite storage scale that aims to bring simple and powerful logging to the masses. LOGIQ uses AWS S3 (or S3-compatible storage) for data at rest and allows the sending of logs from Kubernetes, on-prem servers, or cloud VMs with ease.

#devops #kubernetes #observability #helm #helm charts #microk8s #monitoring for kubernetes

Nels  Franecki

Nels Franecki


How to migrate helm v2 to helm v3

This article will guide you about how to migrate helm v2 to helm v3 along with currently running resources in the environment.

In my previous article we have seen how to install helm version 2. Now in this article we are going to migrate currently running helm v2 configuration and its running resources to helm v3. To perform migration of helm v2 to helm v3 we are going to install plugin called 2to3 in the helm3.

#devops #helm #kubernetes #how to migrate helm v2 to helm v3 #migration helm v2 to helm v3