Installing Microk8s on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic)

As we are working with Ubuntu, let's install the snap to handle the microk8s installation

sudo apt-get update && apt-get install snap -y

Now we need to install the microk8s

sudo snap install microk8s --classic

After the installation we need to enable the non-root user be able to handle the microk8s

sudo usermod -a -G microk8s <username>

Now let's create an alias to make it more easy to type

echo "alias kubectl='microk8s.kubectl'" >> ~/.bashrc

Now we need to log out and back in.

Now after log in again let's check the status of the microk8s

microk8s.status --wait-ready
microk8s is running
dns: disabled
cilium: disabled
dashboard: disabled
fluentd: disabled
gpu: disabled
helm: disabled
helm3: disabled
ingress: disabled
istio: disabled
jaeger: disabled
knative: disabled
kubeflow: disabled
linkerd: disabled
metallb: disabled
metrics-server: disabled
prometheus: disabled
rbac: disabled
registry: disabled
storage: disabled

Now let's enable the CoreDNS

microk8s.enable dns

Now we need to store the microk8s configuration as follows

microk8s.kubectl config view --raw > $HOME/.kube/config

Now we need to adjust the iptables configuration, let's enable the FORWARD as ACCEPT

sudo iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT

Now we need to install the iptables-persistent package that is need as dependency

sudo apt-get install iptables-persistent

I will be using the Docker as Container Runtime, we need to configure it

vim /etc/docker/daemon.json
    "insecure-registries" : ["localhost:32000"]

Now we need to restart the Docker Service

systemctl restart docker

Now we are ok to get start :D

Dashboard addon

Note: By Default the Google Chrome will not enable your access to the interface, you can use the FireFox Browser though.

The standard Kubernetes Dashboard is a convenient way to keep track of the activity and resource use of MicroK8s

microk8s enable dashboard
Applying manifest
serviceaccount/kubernetes-dashboard created
service/kubernetes-dashboard created
secret/kubernetes-dashboard-certs created
secret/kubernetes-dashboard-csrf created
secret/kubernetes-dashboard-key-holder created
configmap/kubernetes-dashboard-settings created created created created created
deployment.apps/kubernetes-dashboard created
service/dashboard-metrics-scraper created
deployment.apps/dashboard-metrics-scraper created
service/monitoring-grafana created
service/monitoring-influxdb created
service/heapster created
deployment.apps/monitoring-influxdb-grafana-v4 created
serviceaccount/heapster created created
configmap/heapster-config created
configmap/eventer-config created
deployment.apps/heapster-v1.5.2 created

If RBAC is not enabled access the dashboard using the default token retrieved with:

token=$(microk8s kubectl -n kube-system get secret | grep default-token | cut -d " " -f1)
microk8s kubectl -n kube-system describe secret $token

In an RBAC enabled setup (microk8s enable RBAC) you need to create a user with restricted
permissions as shown in:

Now we need to create the Token

token=$(microk8s kubectl -n kube-system get secret | grep default-token | cut -d " " -f1)

Now we neeed to get the output to log in

microk8s kubectl -n kube-system describe secret $token
Name:         default-token-wczsp
Namespace:    kube-system
Labels:       <none>
Annotations: default


namespace:  11 bytes
token:      eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsImtpZCI6ImVmRUFTallpSFJpUlAtVWFKSGZsWjB1ODgwYlpyVkE1U0lHbVVQYnd4NTgifQ.eyJpc3MiOiJrdWJlcm5ldGVzL3NlcnZpY2VhY2NvdW50Iiwia3ViZXJuZXRlcy5pby9zZXJ2aWNlYWNjb3VudC9uYW1lc3BhY2UiOiJrdWJlLXN5c3RlbSIsImt1YmVybmV0ZXMuaW8vc2VydmljZWFjY291bnQvc2VjcmV0Lm5hbWUiOiJkZWZhdWx0LXRva2VuLXdjenNwIiwia3ViZXJuZXRlcy5pby9zZXJ2aWNlYWNjb3VudC9zZXJ2aWNlLWFjY291bnQubmFtZSI6ImRlZmF1bHQiLCJrdWJlcm5ldGVzLmlvL3NlcnZpY2VhY2NvdW50L3NlcnZpY2UtYWNjb3VudC51aWQiOiIyNGZmMmY0ZS1lMGMxLTQzOTEtOTk3NC0yZDQ4Y2VhMjAxMDYiLCJzdWIiOiJzeXN0ZW06c2VydmljZWFjY291bnQ6a3ViZS1zeXN0ZW06ZGVmYXVsdCJ9.Nuk-nue84uxd16d7vms5DYMxjKtex31EfQ8UgV6mTIhWsxX_dUCFOS0TlrZXoT4aQQIy5GNt7uYQV6t_MKFLxlSw1961N0NP0yNLzbnL_QH2LoBWEEd9orrYOrlD5XBJMyICUkXKq_ISCNbd51sQjPrErY3KxD6ncATQxD1R9T1vH46VZrKcSjBgOGjD-Xnb9kG_0KBwxbuPCKayAsN8m8hr3K6uZNzKb1V89F2Dn1pw5AL8kRPuSG90esdSrnoQTWoCwicZ9PsoQhUVyxAW6PM3NJmW9AWQyo4fbsc7ksLG7x7QFeWjfyyp6jRo0KtD6gvQPe0PRrEcy2l61OmFHQ
ca.crt:     1103 bytes

Next, you need to connect to the dashboard service. While the MicroK8s snap will have an IP address on your local network (the Cluster IP of the kubernetes-dashboard service), you can also reach the dashboard by forwarding its port to a free one on your host with:

microk8s kubectl port-forward -n kube-system service/kubernetes-dashboard 10443:443

You can then access the Dashboard at

you are running MicroK8s in a VM and you need to expose the Dashboard to other hosts, you should also use the –address [IP_address_that_your_browser's_host_has] option. Set this option to –address to make the Dashboard public. For example:

microk8s kubectl port-forward -n kube-system service/kubernetes-dashboard 10443:443 --address
Forwarding from -> 8443

Now we can access https://hostip:10443 we will get the dashboard authentication and we need to put the token and click sign in

After that we'll get the main dashboard page.

Visit the upstream dashboard documentation to find out other ways to reach the


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