k8s Container Linux ignition with rkt and kube-router

Modifying a recently created Container Linux ignition configuration to use rkt and kube-router (instead of containerd and canal).


7 minute read

I recently wrote a post about about switching back to container linux for my small Kubernetes cluster, in which I outlined everything i needed to do to get it up and running. Even more recently, I decided I wanted to go ahead and run “rktnetes” to try and take advantage of it’s annotation-powered stage1 selection, and figured I should post that up too for any fellow rkt enthusiasts!

Yet another cluster re-install after switching back to Container Linux

Switching back to Container Linux, and using kubeadm + ignition to install Kubernetes.


13 minute read

tl;dr - After a bad kernel upgrade (pacman -sYu) on my Arch-powered server I decided to go back to Container Linux, after being equal parts annoyed by Arch and encouraged by the Press relesae put out by red hat. This time, I spent much more time with the Ignition config files in conjunction with kubeadm and ended up with a bootable master node. Feel free to check out the tldr at the end.

Better k8s monitoring part 3: Adding request tracing with OpenTracing (powered by Jaeger)

Deploying Jaeger to enable tracing support for an application on my kubernetes cluster


61 minute read

tl;dr - I spent a bunch of time stumbling through getting kim/opentracing integrated into my small Servant powered web app. In the end I actually switched to servant-tracing due to some issues integrating, and was able to get it working – there’s a TON of wandering in this post (basically half the time you’re reading an approximation of my stream of consciousness, some might consider the experiments with kim/opentracing a waste of time, but I do not), so please check out the…

Better k8s Monitoring Part 2: Adding logging management with the EFKK stack

(FluentD + ElasticSearch + Kibana) x Kubernetes


44 minute read

tl;dr - I started trying to set up EFK (Elastic, FluentD, Kibana), and hit frustrating integration issues/bugs with Elastic+Kibana 6.x, tripped myself up a LOT, almost gave up and went with Graylog, but then rallied to finish setting everything up by basically fixing my own bad configuration. Skip to the TLDR section for the hand-written working k8s configuration.

Fun with Gitlab CI

Some fun infrastructure-related things you can do with Gitlab CI


11 minute read

tl;dr If you/your team aren’t on to the wonders of CI yet, you should check it out. A nice easy way to get started is with Gitlab, which is self-hostable and has a free tier @ Gitlab.com. There is a lot of cool stuff you can do automatically with CI, all you need is some scripting chops and some patience to figure out what works and what doesn’t.