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Pipeline Kubernetes Engine - PKE

PKE is an extremely simple Kubernetes installer and distribution, designed to work on any cloud, VM or bare metal. The pke install tool supports cloud provider integrations, multi-phased installs (requires only an OS), pre-warmed machine image builds, and more. PKE is the preferred Kubernetes run-time of the Banzai Cloud Pipeline Cloud Native application and devops platform, which supercharges the development, deployment and scaling of container-based applications with native support for multi-, hybrid-, and edge-cloud environments.

If you would like to supercharge your Kubernetes experience using Banzai Cloud Pipeline, check out the free developer beta:

Create clusters

Please review the requirements before creating Kubernetes clusters. Note that the pke tool will install all required dependencies (like CRI, CNI, etc).

Single node PKE

Creating a single node K8s clusters is as simple as running the following command as root:

pke install single

Multi node PKE

To create the Kubernetes API server:

pke install master --kubernetes-api-server=$MASTER_IP_ADDRESS:6443

Please get the token and certhash from the logs or issue the pke token list command to print the token and cert hash needed by workers to join the cluster.

Once the API server is up and running you can add as many nodes as needed:

export TOKEN=""
export CERTHASH=""
pke install worker --kubernetes-node-token $TOKEN --kubernetes-api-server-ca-cert-hash $CERTHASH --kubernetes-api-server $MASTER_IP_ADDRESS:6443

Using kubectl

To use kubectl and other command line tools on the master node, set up its config:

mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config
kubectl get nodes

Other options

You can create PKE clusters on any of the cloud providers, Vagrant, virtual machines, etc using the pke tool or let the Pipeline platform do it for you, using all the complementary features as: centralized log collection, federated monitoring, autoscaling, Vault based secret management, disaster recovery, security scans and lots more.


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