Deploy "Voting App" using Azure Kubernetes Cluster Service

Deploy "Voting App" using Azure Kubernetes Cluster Service

#AKS #Kubernetes #Container #App #YAML

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Jineshkumar Patel
·Aug 27, 2021·

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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is a managed Kubernetes service that lets you quickly deploy and manage clusters.

This is a Tutorial on how to deploy a container-based application (Voting-App) using Azure Kubernetes Cluster service.

First, Few very basics about Kubernetes,

Kubernetes is a production-ready, portable, open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services, that facilitates both declarative configuration and automation.

Basically, Kubernetes is a container orchestration tool When you deploy Kubernetes, you get a cluster. This Cluster has MASTER NODE and WORKER NODEs.

The abbreviation K8s is derived by replacing the eight letters of “ubernete” with the digit 8.

To understand Kubernetes Architecture overview, I post some Images and their Source which are good place to start learning about Kubernetes if you are new to k8s.

Note : This is just overview understand this Application Deployment for this Blog. I have plans to provide more in-depth Kubernetes tutorials coming soon. Consider Following my Blogs.Thx.

1.png Image Source : kubernetes.io/docs/tutorials/kubernetes-bas..

12.png Image Source : edureka.co/blog/kubernetes-tutorial

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Image source : collabnix.com/5-minutes-to-kubernetes-archi..

Let's get started with our Deployment,

To-do List :

  • Deploy an AKS(Azure K8s Service) cluster using Azure Portal.
  • Run a multi-container application with a web front-end and a Redis instance in the cluster.(Voting App. taken from Open Source Github Repo: dockersamples/ example-voting-app )

Create Azure Kubernetes Cluster Service using Azure Portal

  • On Azure Portal > Search Kubernetes Service > Create k8s Cluster and It will ask for Product details like Resource Group Name, Cluster Name, Region, Availability Zones, Kubernetes Version, Node Size, Scale Method(AutoScaling), Node Count Range (1-2).
    Configure those as you want then Review + Create As per,
    11.png 22.png

    Note: Primary node pool
    The number and size of nodes in the primary node pool in your cluster. For production workloads, at least 3 nodes are recommended for resiliency. For development or test workloads, only one node is required.

  • Validation passed > Hit Create.
    And We have successfully deployed Azure Kubernetes Cluster with 2 nodes on which we can deploy our Container-based Voting Application. 33.png

Get into Azure Cloud Shell to run our k8s Cluster and Deploy our app.

  • Go to Resource once deployment successful notification popup.
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  • Our K8s Cluster (VotingAppCluster) Overview page,
    55.png

  • Open Azure CLI from the Azure Portal button from top-right corner. Bash Azure Cloud Shell will pop from the bottom,

Note : When you first-time open the Cloud Shell, you will find that it requires you to create a Storage account. The reason for that Storage Account is to persist the scripts, keys, etc that you'll use over and over as you interact with your resources

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  • Get access credentials for a managed Kubernetes cluster.

    az aks get-credentials --resource-group YourResourceGroupNAME --name YourAKSClusterNAME
    

    77.png

  • Verify the connection to your cluster using the "kubectl get nodes" This command returns a list of the cluster nodes. (We have 2) 88.JPG

Run the Application

  • The sample Azure Vote Python applications.
  • A Redis instance.

  • First Create a file named votingapp.yaml
    I used nano editor to create, Edit, and save .yaml file.

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-paste below content into the nano editor for votingapp.yaml file
run > nano votingapp.yaml

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: azure-vote-back
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: azure-vote-back
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: azure-vote-back
    spec:
      nodeSelector:
        "kubernetes.io/os": linux
      containers:
      - name: azure-vote-back
        image: mcr.microsoft.com/oss/bitnami/redis:6.0.8
        env:
        - name: ALLOW_EMPTY_PASSWORD
          value: "yes"
        resources:
          requests:
            cpu: 100m
            memory: 128Mi
          limits:
            cpu: 250m
            memory: 256Mi
        ports:
        - containerPort: 6379
          name: redis
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: azure-vote-back
spec:
  ports:
  - port: 6379
  selector:
    app: azure-vote-back
---
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: azure-vote-front
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: azure-vote-front
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: azure-vote-front
    spec:
      nodeSelector:
        "kubernetes.io/os": linux
      containers:
      - name: azure-vote-front
        image: mcr.microsoft.com/azuredocs/azure-vote-front:v1
        resources:
          requests:
            cpu: 100m
            memory: 128Mi
          limits:
            cpu: 250m
            memory: 256Mi
        ports:
        - containerPort: 80
        env:
        - name: REDIS
          value: "azure-vote-back"
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: azure-vote-front
spec:
  type: LoadBalancer
  ports:
  - port: 80
  selector:
    app: azure-vote-front
  • Paste the Above Copied content in there.
  • Cnt + 0 to save file [Wrote 85 lines] in my .yaml
    and Cnt + z to exit out.

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  • Deploy the application using the "kubectl apply" specify the name of your YAML manifest file. as per,
    kubectl apply -f votingapp.yaml
    
  • Our Voting App is deployed successfully when you get that "azure-vote-back" and "azure-vote-front" get created.

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Now it's about time to TEST Out the App.

  • We need the Public IP Address. To get our deployment has created an external IP, run below command,
 kubectl get service azure-vote-front --watch

This shows our Application's external Public IP address.
My App's External-IP = 52.190.47.180

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  • Copy External-IP (52.190.47.180 ) and paste it on your Browser

Final Deployed App.png

You got that. This App is deployed on 2 Cluster Nodes with high availibility and resiliency.

  • Nodes and Cluster Monitoring for our Voting App Under AKS > Cluster Insight / Monitor Tabs respectively.

Node Monitors 1.png

Node Monitors 2.png

Success.

Azure Kubernetes Cluster Service,

  • It is a fully managed Kubernetes Cluster Service. Deploy a managed Kubernetes cluster in Azure. – Reduces the complexity and operation overhead of managing K8s by offloading much of that responsibility to Azure
  • Azure AKS Cluster Handles critical operations tasks like load balancing, scaling, health monitoring, and maintenance for you.

I am on my continuous learning quest and Kubernetes is in the top list. I apologize if I may have missed some key details or explained less on some commands performed above.
I will be coming up with more in-depth tutorials and blogs about Kubernetes and DevOps in future content.

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Deploy "Voting App" using Azure Kubernetes Cluster Service

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