Cloud Console offers a central user interface for managing all of your Kubernetes clusters and their resources no matter where they are running. All of your resources are shown in a single dashboard, and it's easy to get visibility into your workloads across multiple Kubernetes clusters.
Cloud Console simplifies debugging, especially when your clusters are distributed across different environments and networks. Cloud Console allows you to quickly determine the workloads' health and allows you to make modifications to them as if they were all running in a single cloud.
You remain in control of what resources users can view and manipulate through the UI: your Kubernetes API server continues to perform authentication, authorization, and audit logging on all requests made via Cloud Console.
Google and users can access data or APIs after they have been authorized by the cluster administrator (for example, via RBAC; the cluster administrator can revoke that authorization).
The following sections explain how to get started with using Cloud Console to manage your Kubernetes clusters regardless of where they're running.
GKE clusters in your Google Cloud
Existing GKE clusters in your Google Cloud project are already represented in Cloud Console. You can continue to take advantage of this feature without taking any further action.
Clusters in other environments
Clusters in other environments, such as clusters running in your on-premises data-center, need to be connected and registered back to Google Cloud in order to be reachable by Google and displayed in Cloud Console. If you're using GKE on-prem these connections are set up automatically when you create your clusters.
For other Kubernetes clusters, perform the following steps:
- To register and connect a Kubernetes cluster to Google, follow the instructions in Registering a cluster.
- After you've registered a cluster, it becomes visible in Cloud Console. To log in, each user must use their own credentials. To learn how to log in to a cluster from Cloud Console, refer to Logging in to a cluster.