Creating a Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) cluster
Instructions on setting up a managed k8s cluster on the Google Cloud Platform
You will need the following:
- A Google account and project
Log in to GCP, and select or create a
Projectwhere you will create the k8s cluster.
- Gcloud CLI
Command-line tool to manage resources in GCP. Download it here
The Kubernetes command-line tool, kubectl, allows you to run commands against Kubernetes clusters. Download it from Kubernetes.io.
Enable the Kubernetes Engine API. If the kubernetes engine API is not enabled for your GCP project, you need to enable it.
Click Create to launch the k8s cluster wizard.
If you don’t get see this page, Choose
clustersfrom the main menu.
The XP Operator does not support Autopilot clusters, choose the
Follow the cluster creation steps by setting the values based on your cluster needs.
Make sure to chose kubernetes version >= 1.27 which is requried by XP operator.
Once the k8s cluster is created, click the cluster name
Then click Connect on the top middle section of the page. This shows you the gcloud command you can use to connect to the k8s cluster from your computer.
Copy and run the gcloud command. If the command outputs
kubeconfig entry generated for <newly-created-k8s-cluster-name>, it means proper kubectl config is generated on your computer and you are successfully authenticated to the k8s cluster.
To verify your access to the k8s cluster run the command
kubectl get namespaces
This should display the list of namespaces in the newly created k8s cluster. The "Age" column in the output shows how long has it been since the namespaces are created.
XP will require specific storage classes in order to work properly. List the available storage classes using the following command:
kubectl get storageclasses
This should display the list of storage classes provisioned by GKE cluster.
Once you are done with your cluster, you can delete the k8s cluster from the GCP console or using gcloud cli:
gcloud container clusters delete <CLUSTER_NAME> --region <REGION_NAME>