Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) automatically creates and manages master nodes for managed Kubernetes clusters. This allows you to focus on business development. This topic describes how to create a managed Kubernetes cluster in the ACK console.

Prerequisites

Resource Access Management (RAM) is activated in the RAM console. Auto Scaling is activated in the Auto Scaling console.

Note

When you create a Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) cluster, take note of the following limits:

  • Server Load Balancer (SLB) instances that are created along with an ACK cluster support only the pay-as-you-go billing method.
  • ACK clusters support only VPCs.
  • By default, each account has specific quotas on cloud resources that can be created. You cannot create clusters if the quota is reached. Make sure that you have sufficient quotas before you create a cluster. To increase quotas,submit a ticket.
    • By default, you can create up to 50 clusters across all regions with each account. Each cluster can contain up to 100 nodes. To increase the quota of clusters or nodes,submit a ticket.

      By default, you can add up to 48 route entries to a virtual private cloud (VPC). This means that you can deploy up to 48 nodes in an ACK cluster that uses Flannel. An ACK cluster that uses Terway is not subject to this limit. To deploy more nodes in this case,submit a ticket to apply for an increase on the quota of route entries in the VPC that you want to use.

    • By default, you can create up to 100 security groups with each account.
    • By default, you can create up to 60 pay-as-you-go SLB instances with each account.
    • By default, you can create up to 20 elastic IP addresses (EIPs) with each account.
  • Limits on Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances:

    The pay-as-you-go and subscription billing methods are supported.

    After an ECS instance is created, you can change its billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription in the ECS console. For more information, see Change the billing method of an instance from pay-as-you-go to subscription.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the ACK console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane of the ACK console, click Clusters.
  3. In the upper-right corner of the Clusters page, click Create Kubernetes Cluster.
  4. On the Managed Kubernetes tab, configure the cluster.
    1. Configure basic settings of the cluster.
      Parameter Description
      Cluster Name
      Enter a name for the ACK cluster.
      Note The name must be 1 to 63 characters in length, and can contain digits, letters, and hyphens (-).
      Cluster Specification

      Select a cluster type. You can select Standard edition or Professional.

      Select Standard edition to create a standard managed Kubernetes cluster.

      Region

      Select a region to deploy the cluster.

      All Resources
      Move the pointer over All Resources at the top of the page and select the resource group that you want to use. After you select a resource group, virtual private clouds (VPCs) and vSwitches are filtered based on the selected resource group. When you create a cluster, only the VPCs and vSwitches that belong to the selected resource group are displayed in the console. Resource Groups
      Kubernetes Version

      The Kubernetes versions that are supported by ACK.

      Container Runtime

      The containerd, Docker, and Sandboxed-Container runtimes are supported. For more information, see Comparison of Docker, containerd, and Sandboxed-Container.

      VPC
      Select a VPC to deploy the cluster. Standard VPCs and shared VPCs are supported.
      • Shared VPC: The owner of a VPC (resource owner) can share the vSwitches in the VPC with other accounts in the same organization.
      • Standard VPC: The owner of a VPC (resource owner) cannot share the vSwitches in the VPC with other accounts.
      Note ACK clusters support only VPCs. You can select a VPC from the drop-down list. If no VPC is available, click Create VPC to create one. For more information, see Create a VPC.
      VSwitch

      Select vSwitches.

      You can select up to three vSwitches that are deployed in different zones. If no vSwitch is available, click Create VSwitch to create one. For more information, see Create a vSwitch.

      Network Plug-in
      Select a network plug-in. Flannel and Terway are supported. For more information, see Terway and Flannel.
      • Flannel: a simple and stable Container Network Interface (CNI) plug-in that is developed by open source Kubernetes. Flannel provides a few simple features. However, it does not support standard Kubernetes network policies.
      • Terway: a network plug-in that is developed by ACK. Terway allows you to assign elastic network interfaces (ENIs) of Alibaba Cloud to containers. It also allows you to customize Kubernetes network policies to regulate how containers communicate with each other and implement bandwidth throttling on individual containers.
        Note
        • The number of pods that can be deployed on a node depends on the number of ENIs that are attached to the node and the maximum number of secondary IP addresses that are provided by these ENIs.
        • If you select a shared VPC for an ACK cluster, you must select Terway as the network plug-in.
        • If you select Terway, an ENI is shared among multiple pods. A secondary IP address of the ENI is assigned to each pod.
      Terway Mode
      If you set Network Plug-in to Terway, you must set Terway Mode.
      • Select or clear Assign One ENI to Each Pod.
        • If you select the check box, an ENI is assigned to each pod.
        • If you clear the check box, an ENI is shared among multiple pods. A secondary IP address that is provided by the ENI is assigned to each pod.
        Note To select the Assign One ENI to Each Pod check box, you must submit a ticket to apply to be added to a whitelist.
      • Select or clear IPVLAN.
        • This option is available only when you clear Assign One ENI to Each Pod.
        • If you select IPVLAN, IPVLAN and extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) are used for network virtualization when an ENI is shared among multiple pods. This improves network performance. Only the Alibaba Cloud Linux 2 operating system is supported.
        • If you clear IPVLAN, policy-based routes are used for network virtualization when an ENI is shared among multiple pods. The CentOS 7 and Alibaba Cloud Linux 2 operating systems are supported. This is the default setting.

        For more information about the IPVLAN feature in Terway mode, see Terway IPvlan.

      • Select or clear Support for NetworkPolicy.
        • The NetworkPolicy feature is available only when you clear Assign One ENI to Each Pod. By default, Assign One ENI to Each Pod is unselected.
        • If you select Support for NetworkPolicy, you can use Kubernetes network policies to control the communication among pods.
        • If you clear Support for NetworkPolicy, you cannot use Kubernetes network policies to control the communication among pods. This prevents Kubernetes network policies from overloading the Kubernetes API server.
      Pod VSwitch

      If you select Terway as the network plug-in, you must allocate vSwitches to pods. For each vSwitch that allocates IP addresses to worker nodes, you must select a vSwitch in the same zone to allocate IP addresses to pods.

      IP Addresses per Node
      If you select Flannel as the network plug-in, you must set IP Addresses per Node.
      Note
      • IP Addresses per Node specifies the maximum number of IP addresses that can be assigned to each node. We recommend that you use the default value.
      • After you select the VPC and specify the number of IP addresses per node, recommended values are automatically generated for Pod CIDR block and Service CIDR block. The system also provides the maximum number of nodes that can be deployed in the cluster and the maximum number of pods that can be deployed on each node. You can modify the values based on your business requirements.
      Pod CIDR Block

      If you select Flannel as the network plug-in, you must set Pod CIDR Block.

      The CIDR block specified by Pod CIDR Block cannot overlap with that of the VPC or those of the existing clusters in the VPC. The CIDR block cannot be modified after the cluster is created. The Service CIDR block cannot overlap with the pod CIDR block. For more information about subnetting for ACK clusters, see Plan CIDR blocks for an ACK cluster.

      Service CIDR

      Set Service CIDR. The CIDR block specified by Service CIDR cannot overlap with that of the VPC or those of the existing clusters in the VPC. The CIDR block cannot be modified after the cluster is created. The Service CIDR block cannot overlap with the pod CIDR block. For more information about subnetting for ACK clusters, see Plan CIDR blocks for an ACK cluster.

      Configure SNAT

      By default, an ACK cluster cannot access the Internet. If the VPC that you select for the ACK cluster cannot access the Internet, you can select Configure SNAT for VPC. This way, ACK will create a NAT gateway and configure Source Network Address Translation (SNAT) rules to enable Internet access for the VPC.

      Access to API Server
      By default, an internal-facing Server Load Balancer (SLB) instance is created for the cluster API server. You can modify the specification of the SLB instance. For more information, see Instance types and specifications.
      Notice If you delete the SLB instance, you cannot access the cluster API server.
      Select or clear Expose API Server with EIP. The ACK API server provides multiple HTTP-based RESTful APIs, which can be used to create, delete, modify, query, and monitor resources, such as pods and Services.
      • If you select this check box, an elastic IP address (EIP) is created and associated with an Internet-facing SLB instance. Port 6443 used by the API server is opened on master nodes. You can connect to and manage the ACK cluster by using kubeconfig over the Internet.
      • If you clear this check box, no EIP is created. You can connect to and manage the ACK cluster by using kubeconfig only within the VPC.
      RDS Whitelist
      Set the Relational Database Service (RDS) whitelist. Add the IP addresses of the nodes in the cluster to the RDS whitelist.
      Note To enable an RDS instance to access the cluster, you must deploy the RDS instance in the VPC where the cluster is deployed.
      Security Group
      You can select Create Basic Security Group, Create Advanced Security Group, or Select Existing Security Group. For more information, see Overview.
      Note To select Select Existing Security Group, Submit a ticket to apply to be added to a whitelist.
      Deletion Protection

      Specify whether to enable deletion protection. Deletion protection prevents the cluster from being accidentally deleted in the console or by calling the API. This prevents user errors.

      Resource Group

      The resource group that owns the cluster to be created. Each resource can belong to only one resource group. You can regard a resource group as a project, an application, or an organization based on your business scenarios. For more information, see Resource groups.

    2. Configure advanced settings of the cluster.
      Parameter Description
      Time Zone

      Select a time zone for the ACK cluster. By default, the time zone configured for your browser is selected.

      Kube-proxy Mode
      iptables and IPVS are supported.
      • iptables is a mature and stable kube-proxy mode. It uses iptables rules to conduct service discovery and load balancing. The performance of this mode is restricted by the size of the ACK cluster. This mode is suitable for ACK clusters that manage a small number of Services.
      • IPVS is a high-performance kube-proxy mode. It uses Linux Virtual Server (LVS) to conduct service discovery and load balancing. This mode is suitable for ACK clusters that manage a large number of Services. We recommend that you use this mode in scenarios where high-performance load balancing is required.
      Labels
      Add labels to the cluster. Enter a key and a value, and click Add.
      Note
      • Key is required. Value is optional.
      • Keys are not case-sensitive. A key must be 1 to 64 characters in length, and cannot start with aliyun, http://, or https://.
      • Values are not case-sensitive. A value can be empty and can contain up to 128 characters in length. It cannot be http:// or https://.
      • The keys of labels that are added to the same resource must be unique. If you add a label with a used key, the label overwrites the others that use the same key.
      • If you add more than 20 labels to a resource, all labels become invalid. You must remove excess labels for the remaining labels to take effect.
      Cluster Domain
      Set the domain name of the cluster.
      Note The default domain name is cluster.local. You can enter a custom domain name. A domain name consists of two parts. Each part must be 1 to 63 characters in length and can contain only letters and digits. You cannot leave these parts empty.
      Custom Certificate SANs

      You can enter custom subject alternative names (SANs) for the API server certificate of the cluster to accept requests from specified IP addresses or domain names.

      For more information, see Customize the SAN of the API server certificate for a managed Kubernetes cluster.

      Service Account Token Volume Projection

      Service account token volume projection reduces security risks when pods use service accounts to access the API server. This feature enables kubelet to request and store the token on behalf of the pod. This feature also allows you to configure token properties, such as the audience and validity duration. For more information, see Enable service account token volume projection.

  5. Click Next:Worker Configurations to configure worker nodes.
    1. Set worker nodes.
      • If you select Create Instance, you must set the parameters as described in the following table.
        Parameter Description
        Billing Method
        The pay-as-you-go and subscription billing methods are supported. If you select the subscription billing method, you must set the following parameters:
        • Duration: You can select 1, 2, 3, or 6 months. If you require a longer duration, you can select 1 to 5 years.
        • Auto Renewal: Specify whether to enable auto-renewal.
        Instance Type

        You can select multiple instance types. For more information, see Instance families.

        Selected Types

        The selected instance types are displayed.

        Quantity

        Specify the number of worker nodes (ECS instances) to be created.

        Note We recommend that you configure at least two worker nodes. After the cluster is created, you can adjust the number of worker nodes to meet your business requirements. If the cluster has only one worker node or contains low-specification worker nodes, cluster components may not run as expected.
        System Disk
        Enhanced SSDs, standard SSDs, and ultra disks are supported.
        Note
        • You can select Enable Backup to back up disk data.
        • If you select enhanced SSD as the system disk type, you can set a custom performance level for the system disk.

          You can select higher performance levels for enhanced SSDs with larger storage capacities. For example, you can select performance level 2 for an enhanced SSD with a storage capacity of more than 460 GiB. You can select performance level 3 for an enhanced SSD with a storage capacity of more than 1,260 GiB. For more information, see Capacity and PLs.

        Mount Data Disk

        Enhanced SSDs, standard SSDs, and ultra disks are supported. You can enable disk encryption and disk backup when you mount a data disk.

        Operating System
        ACK supports the following node operating systems:
        • Alibaba Cloud Linux 2. This is the default operating system.
          If you select Alibaba Cloud Linux 2, you can configure security reinforcement for the operating system:
          • Disable: disables security reinforcement for Alibaba Cloud Linux 2.x.
          • CIS Reinforcement: enables security reinforcement for Alibaba Cloud Linux 2.x. For more information about CIS reinforcement, see CIS reinforcement.
        • CentOS 7.x
          Note CentOS 8.x and later are not supported.
        Logon Type
        • Key pair logon
          • Key Pair: Select an SSH key pair from the drop-down list.
          • create a key pair: Create an SSH key pair if none is available. For more information about how to create an SSH key pair, see Create an SSH key pair. After the key pair is created, set it as the credential that is used to log on to the cluster.
        • Password logon
          • Password: Enter the password that is used to log on to the nodes.
          • Confirm Password: Enter the password again.
      • If you select Add Existing Instance, make sure that you have created ECS instances in the region where the cluster is deployed. Then, set Operating System, Logon Type, and Key Pair based on the preceding settings.
    2. Configure advanced settings of worker nodes.
      Parameter Description
      Node Protection
      Specify whether to enable node protection.
      Note By default, this check box is selected. Node protection prevents nodes from being accidentally deleted in the console or by calling the API. This prevents user errors.
      User Data

      For more information, see Overview of ECS instance user data.

      Custom Image
      You can select a custom image for your ECS nodes. After you select a custom image, all nodes in the cluster are deployed by using this image. For more information about how to create a custom image, see Create a Kubernetes cluster by using a custom image.
      Note
      • Only custom images based on CentOS 7.x and Alibaba Cloud Linux 2.x are supported.
      • To use this feature, submit a ticket to apply to be added to a whitelist.
      Custom Node Name

      Specify whether to use a custom node name.

      A node name consists of a prefix, an IP substring, and a suffix.
      • Both the prefix and suffix can contain one or more parts that are separated by periods (.).These parts can contain lowercase letters, digits, and hyphens (-), and must start and end with a lowercase letter or digit.
      • The IP substring length specifies the number of digits to be truncated from the end of the returned node IP address. Valid values: 5 to 12.

      For example, if the node IP address is 192.1xx.x.xx, the prefix is aliyun.com, the IP substring length is 5, and the suffix is test, the node name will be aliyun.com00055test.

      CPU Policy
      Set the CPU policy.
      • none: This policy indicates that the default CPU affinity is used. This is the default policy.
      • static: This policy allows pods with specific resource characteristics on the node to be granted with enhanced CPU affinity and exclusivity.
      Taints

      Add taints to the worker nodes in the ACK cluster.

  6. Click Next:Component Configurations and configure components.
    Parameter Description
    Ingress

    Specify whether to install Ingress controllers. By default, Install Ingress Controllers is selected. For more information, see Advanced Ingress configurations.

    Volume Plug-in

    Select a volume plug-in. FlexVolume and CSI are supported. An ACK cluster can be automatically bound to Alibaba Cloud disks, Apsara File Storage NAS (NAS) file systems, and Object Storage Service (OSS) buckets that are mounted to pods in the cluster. For more information, see Storage management-FlexVolume and Storage management-CSI.

    Monitoring Agents

    Specify whether to install the CloudMonitor agent. By default, Install CloudMonitor Agent on ECS Instance and Enable Prometheus Monitoring are selected. After the CloudMonitor agent is installed on ECS nodes, you can view monitoring data about the nodes in the CloudMonitor console.

    Log Service

    Specify whether to enable Log Service. You can select an existing Log Service project or create one. By default, Enable Log Service is selected. When you create an application, you can enable Log Service through a few steps. For more information, see Collect log files from containers by using Log Service.

    By default, Install node-problem-detector and Create Event Center is selected. You can also specify whether to create Ingress dashboards in the Log Service console.

    Workflow Engine
    Specify whether to enable Alibaba Cloud Genomics Service (AGS).
    Note To use this feature, submit a ticket to apply to be added to a whitelist.
    • If you select this check box, the system automatically installs the AGS workflow plug-in when the system creates the cluster.
    • If you clear this check box, you must manually install the AGS workflow plug-in. For more information, see Introduction to AGS CLI.
  7. Click Next:Confirm Order.
  8. Select Terms of Service and click Create Cluster.
    Note It requires about 10 minutes to create a managed Kubernetes cluster that contains multiple nodes.

Result

  • After the cluster is created, you can find the cluster on the Clusters page in the console.
  • Click View Logs in the Actions column. On the Log Information page, you can view the cluster log. To view detailed log information, click Stack events.

  • On the Clusters page, find the created cluster and click Details in the Actions column. On the details page, click the Basic Information tab to view basic information about the cluster and click the Connection Information tab to view information about how to connect to the cluster.

    The following information is displayed.
    • API Server Public Endpoint: the IP address and port that the API server uses to provide services over the Internet. It allows you to manage the cluster by using kubectl or other tools on your terminal.

      Bind EIP and Unbind EIP: These options are available only to managed Kubernetes clusters.

      • Bind EIP: You can select an existing elastic IP address (EIP) or create one.

        The API server restarts after you bind an EIP to the API server. We recommend that you do not perform operations on the cluster during the restart process.

      • Unbind EIP: You cannot access the API server over the Internet after you unbind the EIP.

        The API server restarts after you unbind the EIP from the API server. We recommend that you do not perform operations on the cluster during the restart process.

    • API Server Internal Endpoint: the IP address and port that the API server uses to provide services within the cluster. The IP address belongs to the SLB instance that is bound to the cluster.
    • Testing Domain: the domain name that is used to test Services. The suffix of the domain name is <cluster_id>.<region_id>.alicontainer.com.
      Note To rebind the domain name, click Rebind Domain Name.
  • You can Connect to ACK clusters by using kubectl and run the kubectl get node command to view information about the nodes in the cluster. View node information