A new version of Anthos clusters on AWS (GKE on AWS) was released on July 29. See the release notes for more information.

Quickstart

This topic shows you how to create a workload on Anthos clusters on AWS (GKE on AWS) and expose it internally to your cluster.

Before you begin

Before you start using Anthos clusters on AWS, make sure you have performed the following tasks:

  • Install a management service.
  • Create a user cluster.
  • From your anthos-aws directory, use anthos-gke to switch context to your user cluster.
    cd anthos-aws
    env HTTPS_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 \
      anthos-gke aws clusters get-credentials CLUSTER_NAME
    Replace CLUSTER_NAME with your user cluster name.

You can perform these steps with kubectl, or with the Google Cloud Console if you have Authenticated with Connect. If you are using the Google Cloud Console, skip to Launch an NGINX Deployment.

To connect to your Anthos clusters on AWS resources, perform the following steps. Select if you have an existing AWS VPC (or direct connection to your VPC) or created a dedicated VPC when creating your management service.

Existing VPC

If you have a direct or VPN connection to an existing VPC, omit the line env HTTP_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 from commands in this topic.

Dedicated VPC

When you create a management service in a dedicated VPC, Anthos clusters on AWS includes a bastion host in a public subnet.

To connect to your management service, perform the following steps:

  1. Change to the directory with your Anthos clusters on AWS configuration. You created this directory when Installing the management service.

    cd anthos-aws

  2. To open the tunnel, run the bastion-tunnel.sh script. The tunnel forwards to localhost:8118.

    To open a tunnel to the bastion host, run the following command:

    ./bastion-tunnel.sh -N
    

    Messages from the SSH tunnel appear in this window. When you are ready to close the connection, stop the process by using Control+C or closing the window.

  3. Open a new terminal and change into your anthos-aws directory.

    cd anthos-aws
  4. Check that you're able to connect to the cluster with kubectl.

    env HTTPS_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 \
    kubectl cluster-info
    

    The output includes the URL for the management service API server.

Launch an NGINX Deployment

In this section, you create a Deployment of the NGINX webserver named nginx-1.

kubectl

  1. Use kubectl create to create the Deployment.

    env HTTPS_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 \
    kubectl create deployment --image nginx nginx-1
    
  2. Use kubectl to get the status of the Deployment. Note the Pod's NAME.

    env HTTPS_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 \
    kubectl get deployment
    

Console

To launch a NGINX Deployment with the Google Cloud Console, perform the following steps:

  1. Visit the GKE Workloads menu in Cloud Console.

    Visit the Workloads menu

  2. Click Deploy.

  3. Under Edit container, select Existing container image to choose a container image available from Container Registry. Fill Image path with the container image that you want to use and its version. For this quickstart, use nginx:latest.

  4. Click Done, and then click Continue. The Configuration screen appears.

  5. You can change your Deployment's Application name and Kubernetes Namespace. For this quickstart, you can use the application name nginx-1 and namespace default

  6. From the Cluster drop-down menu, select your user cluster. By default, your first user cluster is named cluster-0.

  7. Click Deploy. Anthos clusters on AWS launches your NGINX Deployment. The Deployment details screen appears.

Exposing your pods

This section shows how to do one of the following:

  • Expose your Deployment internally in your cluster and confirm it is available with kubectl port-forward.

  • Expose your Deployment from the Google Cloud Console to the addresses allowed by your node pool security group.

kubectl

  1. Expose port 80 the Deployment to the cluster with kubectl expose.

    env HTTPS_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 \
    kubectl expose deployment nginx-1 --port=80
    

    The Deployment is now accessible from within the cluster.

  2. Forward port 80 on the Deployment to port 8080 on your local machine with kubectl port-forward.

    env HTTPS_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 \
    kubectl port-forward deployment/nginx-1 8080:80
    
  3. Connect to http://localhost:8080 with curl or your web browser. The default NGINX web page appears.

    curl http://localhost:8080
    

Console

  1. Visit the GKE Workloads menu in Cloud Console.

    Visit the Workloads menu

  2. From the Deployment details screen, click Expose. The Expose a deployment screen appears.

  3. In the Port mapping section, leave the default port (80), and click Done.

  4. For Service type, select Load balancer. For more information on other options, see Publishing services (ServiceTypes) in the Kubernetes documentation.

  5. Click Expose. The Service details screen appears. Anthos clusters on AWS creates a Classic Elastic Load Balancer for the Service.

  6. Click on the link for External Endpoints. If the load balancer is ready, the default NGINX web page appears.

View your Deployment on Google Cloud Console

If your cluster is connected to Google Cloud Console, you can view your Deployment in the GKE Workloads page. To view your workload, perform the following steps:

  1. In your browser, visit the Google Kubernetes Engine Workloads page.

    Visit the Google Kubernetes Engine Workloads page

    The list of Workloads appears.

  2. Click the name of your workload, nginx-1. The Deployment details screen appears.

  3. From this screen, you can get details on your Deployment; view and edit YAML configuration; and take other Kubernetes actions.

For more information on options available from this page, see Deploying a stateless application in the GKE documentation.

Cleanup

To delete your NGINX Deployment, use kubectl delete or the Google Cloud Console.

kubectl

env HTTPS_PROXY=http://localhost:8118 \
kubectl delete service nginx-1 &&\
kubectl delete deployment nginx-1

Console

  1. Visit the Services and Ingress page menu on the Google Cloud Console.

    Visit the Services and Ingress page

  2. Find your NGINX Service and click its Name. By default, the name is nginx-1-service. The Service details screen appears.

  3. Click Delete and confirm that you want to delete the Service. Anthos clusters on AWS deletes the load balancer.

  4. Visit the Google Kubernetes Engine Workloads page.

    Visit the Google Kubernetes Engine Workloads page

    The list of Workloads appears.

  5. Click the name of your workload, nginx-1. The Deployment details screen appears.

  6. Click Delete and confirm that you want to delete the Deployment. Anthos clusters on AWS deletes the Deployment.

What's next?

Create an internal or external load balancer using one of the following Services:

You can use other types of Kubernetes Workloads with Anthos clusters on AWS. See the GKE documentation for more information on Deploying workloads.