Step 1: Create an AKS cluster

This step explains how to set up your shell environment and create a Microsoft® Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster suitable for testing Apigee hybrid.

Set up your terminal shell

Be sure you have the Azure CLI (az) and kubectl installed in your local shell. The Azure CLI tool provides the primary command-line interface for Azure, and kubectl provides the primary command-line interface for running commands against Kubernetes clusters.

Create a resource group

Create a resource group either using Azure console or with the Azure CLI. For example:

az group create --name my-hybrid-rg --location eastus

Create a virtual network

Create a virtual network with a non-conflicting CIDR range. For example:

For example:


az network vnet create \
 --name vnet-name \
 --resource-group my-hybrid-rg \
 --address-prefixes vnet-address-range \
 --subnet-name vnet-subnet-name \
 --subnet-prefix subnet-address-range


az network vnet create \
 --name my-hybrid-rg-vnet \
 --resource-group my-hybrid-rg \
 --address-prefixes \
 --subnet-name my-hybrid-rg-vnet-subnet \


  1. my-hybrid-rg is the name of the virtual network.
  2. vnet-address-range is a list of address blocks reserved for this virtual network in CIDR notation.
  3. vnet-subnet-name is the name of the subnet within the virtual network.
  4. subnet-address-range is a list of address blocks reserved for this subnet in CIDR notation.

Create an AKS cluster

In this step, you will create an AKS cluster.

  1. Open the Microsoft® Azure Portal.
  2. Click Kubernetes services.
  3. Create a cluster with the following minimum configuration settings.

    Recommended minimum storage: Review the AKS disk specifications and choose a storage volume size based on your IOPs and cost requirements.

    Tab Attribute Value
    Basics Subscription Your subscription name
    Resource group The resource group you created previously
    Region The region you specified previously. For example: (US) East US
    Kubernetes cluster name The name of the cluster. For example: my-hybrid-aks-cluster
    Kubernetes version Choose version 1.14.x or a later version
    DNS name prefix The DNS name prefix. For example: my-hybrid-aks-cluster-dns
    Node count 3
    Node size DS3 Standard
    Scale Virtual nodes Disabled
    VM scale sets Enabled
    Authentication Enable RBAC Yes
    Service principal Default
    Networking HTTP application routing No
    Load balancer Standard
    Network configuration Advanced
    Virtual network The virtual network name. You can select the virtual network you created previously, or create a new one by clicking the Create new link. For example: my-hybrid-rg-vnet
    Cluster subnet Example: default (
    Kubernetes service address range The service address range. Be sure to use a non-competing address range. For example:
    Kubernetes DNS service IP address For example:
    Docker Bridge address For example:
    Monitoring Enable container monitoring Yes
    Log Analytics workspace For example: DefaultWorkspace-66f9d75c-2cd9-47dd-ad0f-c43d888e9cef-EUS
    Tags None
  4. Click Review and Create.
  5. When the cluster creation completes, go to the next step.

Set cluster credentials

Add the kubernetes cluster credentials for the newly created cluster using the following command if not already added. For example:

az aks get-credentials --resource-group my-hybrid-rg --name my-hybrid-aks-cluster

Set the current context

A context is a group of access parameters. Each context contains a Kubernetes cluster, a user and a namespace. The current context is the cluster that is currently the default for kubectl: all kubectl commands run against that cluster.

Make sure the current context is set to the cluster you just created. For example:

kubectl config current-context

If the context is not set to your cluster as expected, follow these steps to change it:

  1. List all the contexts to determine which is the current context. In the following example, the context is set to the my-hybrid-aks-ext01:
    kubectl config get-contexts
    CURRENT   NAME                            CLUSTER                                 AUTHINFO
              my-hybrid-aks-cluster    my-hybrid-aks-cluster          clusterUser_my-hybrid-rg2_myhybrid-aks-cluster
    *         my-hybrid-aks-ext01      my-hybrid-aks-ext01            clusterUser_my-hybrid-rg_my-hybrid-aks-ext01
  2. If necessary, set the current context to the cluster you just created (the cluster into which you intend to install Apigee hybrid). Assuming the previous get-contexts output, if the cluster name you created were my-hybrid-aks-cluster, you would switch to the my-hybrid-aks-cluster context, as follows:
    kubectl config use-context my-hybrid-aks-cluster

    Where my-hybrid-aks-cluster is the name of the cluster context to switch to.


You now have a Kubernetes cluster running in AKS. Your shell environment is set up, and you are ready to install the Apigee hybrid runtime software on your local machine.

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