Cloud Shell is a web-based command-line tool provided by Alibaba Cloud. You can use Cloud Shell to run commands in a browser to manage Alibaba Cloud resources. This topic describes how to use kubectl on Cloud Shell in the ACK console to manage Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) clusters.
Cloud Shell can connect to ACK clusters only from the Internet. Therefore, you must make sure that the API server of the cluster that you want to access is accessible over the Internet. For more information, see Control public access to the API server of a cluster.
If you want to manage ACK clusters by using kubectl, you must first install and set up the kubectl client. For more information, see Connect to ACK clusters by using kubectl. You can also open Cloud Shell in the ACK console. The system automatically loads the kubeconfig file of the cluster. Then, you can use kubectl on Cloud Shell to manage the cluster without installation or configuration.
Cloud Shell is a web-based command-line tool. You can run Cloud Shell in a browser to manage Alibaba Cloud resources. When you start Cloud Shell, Cloud Shell automatically creates a Linux VM for you. The Linux VM is free of charge. The VM is pre-installed with cloud management tools and system tools, including Python, Java, Node.js, Alibaba Cloud CTI, cURL, SSH, kubectl, Fun, Terraform, Ansible, and Vim. You can use these tools with Web IDE provided by Cloud Shell to manage cloud resources. For more information, see What is Cloud Shell?.
- Log on to the ACK console.
- In the left-side navigation pane of the ACK console, click Clusters.
- On the Clusters page, find the cluster that you want to manage and choose in the Actions column.
- Optional:Click and then click Mount File Storage. You can mount an Apsara File Storage NAS (NAS) file system to persist commonly used scripts and files. This prevents the files from being deleted when the instances in the cluster are released. You can click Create Now or Skip based on your requirements.
For example, you can run the following command to query the pods of the cluster:
kubectl get pod
NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE nginx-dynamic-5b4bdb64c4-gxqs5 1/1 Running 0 178m web-0 1/1 Running 0 34d web-1 1/1 Running 0 34d