Version 1.11

Get started

This page shows you how to prepare your environment and cluster to install Anthos Service Mesh

Install required tools

You can run asmcli on Cloud Shell or on your local machine running Linux. Cloud Shell pre-installs all the required tools.

If you are running asmcli locally, make sure you have the following tools installed:

  • The Cloud SDK (the gcloud command-line tool)
  • The standard command-line tools: awk, curl, grep, sed, and tr
  • git
  • kubectl
  • jq

Configure gcloud

Do the following steps even if you are using Cloud Shell.

  1. Authenticate with the Cloud SDK:

    gcloud auth login
    
  2. Update the components:

    gcloud components update
    
  3. If you are installing Anthos Service Mesh on a GKE cluster, configure kubectl to point to the cluster.

    gcloud container clusters get-credentials CLUSTER_NAME \
         --zone CLUSTER_LOCATION \
         --project PROJECT_ID
    

Download asmcli

This section describes how to download the asmcli.

  1. Download the version that installs Anthos Service Mesh 1.11.2 to the current working directory:

    curl https://storage.googleapis.com/csm-artifacts/asm/asmcli_1.11 > asmcli
    
  2. Make the script executable:

    chmod +x asmcli
    

Grant cluster admin permissions

  1. Switch context to your user cluster:

    kubectl config use-context CLUSTER_NAME
  2. Grant cluster admin permissions to your user account (your Google Cloud login email address). You need these permissions to create the necessary role based access control (RBAC) rules for Anthos Service Mesh:

    kubectl create clusterrolebinding cluster-admin-binding \
      --clusterrole=cluster-admin \
      --user=USER_ACCOUNT

Validate project and cluster

You can run asmcli validate to make sure that your project and cluster are setup as required to install Anthos Service Mesh. With this option, asmcli doesn't make any changes to your project or cluster, and it doesn't install Anthos Service Mesh.

asmcli validates that:

By default, asmcli downloads and extracts the installation file and downloads the asm configuration package from GitHub to a temp directory. Before exiting, asmcli outputs a message that provides the name of the temp directory. We recommend that you specify a directory for the downloads with the --output_dir DIR_PATH option. The --output_dir option makes it convenient for you to use the istioctl command-line tool. (You might need istioctl for troubleshooting configuration issues or setting up a multi-cluster mesh on private GKE clusters). Additionally, the configuration files to enable optional features using asmcli are included in the asm/istio/options directory.

Run the following command to validate your configuration and download the installation file and asm package to the OUTPUT_DIR directory.

GKE

./asmcli validate \
  --project_id PROJECT_ID \
  --cluster_name CLUSTER_NAME \
  --cluster_location CLUSTER_LOCATION \
  --fleet_id FLEET_PROJECT_ID \
  --output_dir DIR_PATH
  • --project_id, --cluster_name, and --cluster_location Specify the project ID that the cluster is in, the cluster name, and either the cluster zone or region.

  • --fleet_id The project ID of the fleet host project. asmcli validate checks that the cluster is registered to the specified fleet.

  • --output_dir Include this option to specify a directory where asmcli downloads the asm package and extracts the installation file, which contains istioctl, samples, and manifests. Otherwise asmcli downloads the files to a tmp directory. You can specify either a relative path or a full path. The environment variable $PWD doesn't work here.

Outside Google Cloud

Use the following command to run asmcli validate on the following platforms: Anthos clusters on VMware, Anthos on bare metal, Anthos clusters on AWS, and Amazon EKS.

  1. Set the current context to your user cluster:

    kubectl config use-context CLUSTER_NAME
    
  2. Run the following command to validate your configuration and download the installation file and asm package to the OUTPUT_DIR directory:

    ./asmcli validate \
      --kubeconfig KUBECONFIG_FILE \
      --fleet_id FLEET_PROJECT_ID \
      --output_dir DIR_PATH \
      --platform multicloud
    
    • --kubeconfig The path to the kubeconfig You can specify either a relative path or a full path. The environment variable $PWD doesn't work here.

    • --fleet_id The project ID of the fleet host project. asmcli validate checks that the cluster is registered to the specified fleet.

    • --output_dir Include this option to specify a directory where asmcli downloads the asm package and extracts the installation file, which contains istioctl, samples, and manifests. Otherwise asmcli downloads the files to a tmp directory. You can specify either a relative path or a full path. The environment variable $PWD doesn't work here.

  • --platform multicloud Specifies that on-premises is the platform.

On success, asmcli outputs the following:

asmcli: Setting up necessary files...
asmcli: Using asm_kubeconfig as the kubeconfig...
asmcli: Checking installation tool dependencies...
asmcli: Fetching/writing GCP credentials to kubeconfig file...
asmcli: Verifying connectivity (10s)...
asmcli: kubeconfig set to asm_kubeconfig
asmcli: using context gke_example-project-12345_us-central1_cluster-2
asmcli: Getting account information...
asmcli: Downloading ASM..
asmcli: Downloading ASM kpt package...
fetching package "/asm" from "https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/anthos-service-mesh-packages" to "asm"
asmcli: Checking required APIs...
asmcli: Checking for project example-project-12345...
asmcli: Reading labels for us-central1/cluster-2...
asmcli: Checking for istio-system namespace...
asmcli: Confirming node pool requirements for example-project-12345/us-central1/cluster-2...
asmcli: Checking Istio installations...
asmcli: [WARNING]: There is no way to validate that the meshconfig API has been initialized.
asmcli: [WARNING]: This needs to happen once per GCP project. If the API has not been initialized
asmcli: [WARNING]: for example-project-12345, please re-run this tool with the --enable_gcp_components
asmcli: [WARNING]: flag. Otherwise, installation will succeed but Anthos Service Mesh
asmcli: [WARNING]: will not function correctly.
asmcli: Successfully validated all requirements to install ASM.

If one of the tests fails the validation, asmcli outputs an error message. For example, if your project doesn't have all of the required Google APIs enabled, you see the following error:

ERROR: One or more APIs are not enabled. Please enable them and retry, or run
`asmcli` with the '--enable_gcp_apis' flag to allow `asmcli` to enable them
on your behalf.

If you got an error message about needing to run asmcli with an enablement flag, you have the following options:

  • Include the specific flag from the error message or the --enable_all flag when running asmcli to do the actual installation.

  • If you prefer, you can update your project and cluster yourself before running asmcli as described in Set up your project and GKE cluster yourself .

Note that asmcli validate doesn't allow any enablement flags because it only validates that your project and cluster are ready for installation.

Inspect cluster install and upgrade requirements

Before upgrading you should check that your configuration is compatible with the new version of Anthos Service Mesh.

  1. Change to the directory that you specified in --output_dir.

  2. Run the following command to inspect the Kubernetes cluster for install and upgrade requirements. Make sure you use the version of istioctl distributed with the new Anthos Service Mesh version.

    istioctl experimental precheck
    

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