Better K8s Monitoring Part 1: Adding Prometheus

Adding better monitoring for applications running in my k8s cluster using Prometheus.


10 minute read

It’s been a while since I learned of the wonders (and cleared up my misconceptions) of dedicated hosting and set up a “Baremetal” CoreOS single-node k8s cluster. For a while now I’ve maintained a single large (by my standards) machine that has been running Kubernetes, and purring right along – outside of the occasional restart or operator error, it hasn’t gone down and has kept my applications running. While most of the applications don’t get much…

Switch From ployst/docker-letsencrypt to Jetstack's kube-lego

Switching from ployst/docker-letsencrypt to jetstack/kube-lego for auto-generated SSL certs with Kubernetes.


7 minute read

tl;dr - I switched from ployst/docker-letsencrypt which I considered less complicated than jetstack/kube-lego initially. Turns out jetstack/kube-lego is pretty simple and *just works* which is amazing, props to the team over at jetstack and as always the kubernetes team, for making this more intelligent automation possible. You could honestly just read the jetstack/kube-lego guide, it’s real good. If you wanna see my path through it, keep reading.

Serving email on Kubernetes with Mailu

How I set up mailu on Kubernetes.


20 minute read

tl;dr - Setting up Mailu on Kubernetes was pretty simple, once TLS and Ingress are all set up. It’s just a matter of configuring the ingress controller, adding the right ingress resources, and making the right resource configuration for Mailu. I encounter some (mostly self-inflicted) issues along the way, but you can find the resource config that worked for me at the end.

Kicking The Tires On Rancher 2.0

Checking out Rancher 2.0


19 minute read

tl;dr - Rancher 2.0 is out, Check out the demo video, it’s pretty slick. I start to set up Rancher, mess up, do some debugging, and eventually get it working with a bit of a hack. Skip to the end section (named “The whole process, abdridged”) before wrap up to see the full list of steps I took for getting Rancher running on my own local single node Kubernetes cluster.

Serving a HTTPS enabled application on Kubernetes

How I went about serving a full HTTPS enabled 3 tier application application on Kubernetes


7 minute read

tl;dr - It’s pretty easy if you have let’s encrypt certificates set up, and Kubernetes Ingress/DNS working properly (I’ve covered how I set these up in previous posts so check them out for reference). Skim through to see the final Kubernetes resource configuration that I use in production for

Running a Database on Kubernetes

Getting a database up and running on Kubernetes


17 minute read

tl;dr - I thought I needed PersistentVolumes but I don’t (I do go through how to use/activate them though), they solve a different problem. All I needed was the combination of a Volume + StatefulSet + Node Affinity + Service in order to get my database running on a single node consistently, and accessible through DNS. I also go through setting up High Availability (HA)/clustered RethinkDB but it’s probably wrong/not axiomatic Kubernetes so check out the section on why I think…

Serving HTTP Applications on Kubernetes with Ingress

How I went about setting up a HTTP application on Kubernetes, with Ingress


15 minute read

UPDATE This configuration previously contained LoadBalancer as the spec.type but it turns out that actually I don’t need to set it to LoadBalancer. Basically, LoadBalancers are for use in cloud provider environments, and create their own ingresses according to the documentation. This was pointed out to me by Thomas Barton who came across this post on HackerNews and I wanted to of course pass the information on. Check out the section with the configuration for the changes and a small…