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Tools

This page describes some of the tools you use to install and use GKE on-prem.

  • govc
  • terraform
  • gkectl
  • kubectl (included in the Cloud SDK)
  • gcloud (included in the Cloud SDK)

govc

govc is the CLI to vSphere. You use govc when you create the admin workstation, and you can use it to administer your vSphere cluster.

terraform

terraform is the CLI to HashiCorp Terraform. You use terraform to create and upgrade the admin workstation.

gkectl

gkectl is the CLI to GKE on-prem. See its reference guide.

You use gkectl for many cluster administration tasks, including:

  • Cluster creation and management.
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting issues.
  • Capturing and exporting cluster logs.

kubectl

kubectl is the CLI to Kubernetes. You use kubectl to interact with Kubernetes and Kubernetes clusters, and for tasks including:

  • Deploying, managing, and deleting containerized workloads running in clusters.
  • Managing, editing, and deleting Kubernetes resources.

gcloud

gcloud is the CLI to Google Cloud. You use gcloud for several purposes, including:

  • Authenticating against your Google Cloud project.
  • Creating service accounts and their private keys.
  • Binding Identity and Access Management roles to accounts.