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Syncing to a read-only repo

This quickstart shows you how to get started with Anthos Config Management on a new cluster, using the foo-corp example repository to bootstrap a cluster with a set of configs. In this quickstart, you do not need write access to the repository. Imagine that a compliance team in your organization is responsible for creating the configs, and that each cluster is required to sync to the repository.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in to your Google Cloud account. If you're new to Google Cloud, create an account to evaluate how our products perform in real-world scenarios. New customers also get $300 in free credits to run, test, and deploy workloads.
  2. In the Google Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to confirm that billing is enabled for your project.

  4. Enable the Anthos API.

    Enable the API

  5. Install and initialize the Cloud SDK.
  6. In the Google Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  7. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to confirm that billing is enabled for your project.

  8. Enable the Anthos API.

    Enable the API

  9. Install and initialize the Cloud SDK.

Cluster setup

GKE users

  1. Create a cluster.

  2. Set up the kubectl command to authenticate to the cluster and create a RoleBinding to make yourself a cluster administrator, using the following commands. Use your cluster name where you see [MY-CLUSTER], and use your Cloud Billing account's email address where you see [USER-ACCOUNT]. Depending on how you configured the gcloud command on your local system, you might need to add the --project and --zone fields.

    gcloud container clusters get-credentials [MY-CLUSTER]
    
    kubectl create clusterrolebinding cluster-admin-binding \
        --clusterrole cluster-admin --user [USER_ACCOUNT]
    

Anthos clusters on VMware users

Anthos Config Management preparation

Complete the following steps, to prepare the tools you need for this quickstart:

  1. If you are using Anthos Config Management for the first time, enable the feature through the Google Cloud Console or using the gcloud command-line tool.

    Console

    To enable Anthos Config Management:

    1. Visit the Anthos Feature page in the Google Cloud Console.

      Visit Anthos Features

    2. In the Config Management row, click Enable.

    3. In the confirmation window, click Enable Config Management.

    gcloud

    To enable Anthos Config Management, run the following command:

     gcloud alpha container hub config-management enable
    
  2. Install the nomos command onto your local system.

  3. If you want to instal with kubectl, deploy the Config Management Operator onto the cluster you just created.

  4. Register your cluster to an Anthos fleet using Connect.

Configure your cluster

You can configure your cluster using the Google Cloud Console, gcloud command-line tool or kubectl.

Console

To configure Anthos Config Management on the Google Cloud Console, complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the Anthos Config Management menu in Google Cloud Console.

    Visit Anthos Config Management menu

  2. Select your registered cluster and click Configure.

  3. In the Git Repository Authentication for ACM section, select None, as the repository in this example is world-readable.

  4. Click Continue.

  5. In the ACM settings for your clusters section, complete the following:

    1. In the Version field, select any version for Anthos Config Management.
    2. Select the Enable Config Sync checkbox.
    3. In the dropdown menu that appears, complete the following:

      1. In the URL field, add https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/csp-config-management/
      2. In the Branch field, add 1.0.0
      3. Leave the Tag/Commit field blank since we are using the default value of HEAD.
      4. In the Policy directory field, add foo-corp.
      5. Leave all other fields as their default values.
  6. Click Done. You are taken back to the Anthos Config Management menu. After a few minutes, you should see Synced in the status column next to the cluster you configured.

gcloud

Create a file named config-management.yaml and copy the below YAML file into it. Because the repository is world-readable, secretType is set to none. For an explanation of the fields, see Configuration for the Git repository.

  1. Create a file config-management.yaml and copy the following YAML file into it:

    # config-management.yaml
    
    apiVersion: configmanagement.gke.io/v1
    kind: ConfigManagement
    metadata:
      name: config-management
      namespace: config-management-system
    
    spec:
      git:
        syncRepo: https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/csp-config-management/
        syncBranch: 1.0.0
        secretType: none
        policyDir: "foo-corp"
    
  2. Set a variable:

    export CONFIG_YAML=PATH_TO_CONFIG_YAML

  3. Apply the config-management.yaml file:

     gcloud alpha container hub config-management apply \
         --membership=CLUSTER_NAME \
         --config=CONFIG_YAML \
         --project=PROJECT_ID
    

    Replace the following:

    • CLUSTER_NAME: add the registered cluster that you want to apply this configuration to.
    • PROJECT_ID: add your project ID.

kubectl

Create a file named config-management.yaml and copy the below YAML file into it. Because the repository is world-readable, secretType is set to none. For an explanation of the fields, see Configuration for the Git repository.

apiVersion: configmanagement.gke.io/v1
kind: ConfigManagement
metadata:
  name: config-management
spec:
  # clusterName is required and must be unique among all managed clusters
  clusterName: my-cluster
  git:
    syncRepo: https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/csp-config-management/
    syncBranch: 1.0.0
    secretType: none
    policyDir: "foo-corp"

Apply the configuration to your cluster:

kubectl apply -f config-management.yaml

If the command succeeds, Kubernetes updates Anthos Config Management on your cluster to begin syncing your cluster's configuration from the repository. To verify that Anthos Config Management is running, list all Pods running in the config-management-system namespace:

kubectl get pods -n config-management-system

Output:

NAME                                   READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
git-importer-5f8bdb59bd-7nn5m          2/2       Running   0          2m
monitor-58c48fbc66-ggrmd               1/1       Running   0          2m
syncer-7bbfd7686b-dxb45                1/1       Running   0          2m

Examine your cluster and repository

The foo-corp repository includes configs in the cluster/ and namespaces/ directories. These configs are applied as soon as Anthos Config Management is configured to read from the repo.

All objects managed by Anthos Config Management have the app.kubernetes.io/managed-by label set to configmanagement.gke.io.

List namespaces managed by Anthos Config Management:

kubectl get ns -l app.kubernetes.io/managed-by=configmanagement.gke.io

Output:

NAME               STATUS   AGE
audit              Active   4m
shipping-dev       Active   4m
shipping-prod      Active   4m
shipping-staging   Active   4m

Examine the configs that caused these namespaces to be created, such as namespaces/audit/namespace.yaml and namespaces/online/shipping-app-backend/shipping-dev/namespace.yaml.

List ClusterRoles managed by Anthos Config Management:

kubectl get clusterroles -l app.kubernetes.io/managed-by=configmanagement.gke.io

Output:

NAME               AGE
namespace-reader   6m52s
pod-creator        6m52s

Examine the ClusterRole configs declaring:

  • cluster/namespace-reader-clusterrole.yaml
  • cluster/pod-creator-clusterrole.yaml

You can examine other objects, such as Roles and PodSecurityPolicies, in the same way.

Attempt to manually modify a managed object

If you manually modify a Kubernetes object that is managed by Anthos Config Management, that object's configuration is automatically updated to match the object's config in your repo. To test this, delete the shipping-dev namespace.

kubectl delete namespace shipping-dev

If you check immediately, the namespace might be missing, but within a few seconds, it exists again. For example:

kubectl get ns shipping-dev

Output:

Error from server (NotFound): namespaces "shipping-dev" not found

Seconds later:

kubectl get ns shipping-dev

Output:

NAME           STATUS   AGE
shipping-dev   Active   3s

Cleaning up

If you want to follow the quickstart for Writing configs for Config Sync, do not clean up yet. This quickstart is a prerequisite for that topic, which also includes instructions for cleaning up.

If you do not want to take the advanced quickstart, you can clean up by deleting the cluster you used for testing.

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