Specifying a node image


This page shows you how to specify a node image for your nodes in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

To learn about how node images work, and the types of node images that are available, see Node images.

Before you begin

Before you start, make sure you have performed the following tasks:

  • Enable the Google Kubernetes Engine API.
  • Enable Google Kubernetes Engine API
  • If you want to use the Google Cloud CLI for this task, install and then initialize the gcloud CLI.

Specifying a node image

You can select the node image you want to use when you create a new cluster, or you can change the node image for an existing cluster.

Creating a new cluster

gcloud

To create a new cluster with a specific node image, run the following command:

gcloud container clusters create CLUSTER_NAME --image-type IMAGE_TYPE

Replace the following:

  • CLUSTER_NAME: the name you choose for the cluster.
  • IMAGE_NAME: the name of your node image type.

Console

  1. Go to the Google Kubernetes Engine page in the console.

    Go to Google Kubernetes Engine

  2. Click Create.

  3. Configure your cluster as desired.

  4. From the navigation pane, under Node Pools, click Nodes.

  5. In the Image type drop-down list, select the desired node image.

  6. Click Create.

Upgrading an existing cluster

GKE uses the selected node pool upgrade strategy and configuration to upgrade a node's image. To learn more about choosing the optimal node pool upgrade strategy and configuration for your environment, see Node pool upgrade strategies.

gcloud

You can upgrade an existing cluster to use a specific node image by using the gcloud container clusters upgrade command. You can upgrade all node pools in the cluster, or you can specify specific a node pool using --node-pool.

To upgrade an existing cluster to use a specific node image, run the following command:

gcloud container clusters upgrade CLUSTER_NAME --image-type IMAGE_TYPE \
    [--node-pool POOL_NAME]

Replace the following:

  • CLUSTER_NAME: the name of your existing cluster.
  • POOL_NAME: the name of the node pool you want to update.
  • IMAGE_NAME: the name of your node image type.

Console

  1. Go to the Google Kubernetes Engine page in console.

    Go to Google Kubernetes Engine

  2. In the cluster list, click the name of the cluster you want to modify.

  3. Click the Nodes tab.

  4. Under Node Pools, click the name of the node pool you want to upgrade.

  5. On the Node pool details page, click Edit.

  6. Under Node version, click Change.

  7. Select the desired node version and click Change to start the upgrade.

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