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Tutorial: How to set up Paralus on Kind

· 6 min read
Atulpriya Sharma

Paralus can be installed on your local cluster using Kind to experience the product before taking it to production.

The quickstart guide can be followed to setup Paralus on a Kind cluster.

Table Of Content:

Kind

The following section talks about installing Paralus in a Kind cluster. Kind is a tool used to run local Kubernetes clusters using Docker container nodes. Learn more about Kind.

Installing and Configuring Kind

If you don't already have Kind installed on your local system, you can do so by following the Kind Quickstart Documentation. The default settings are good enough to get you started.

The next step is to create a Kind cluster. To do that you can create a copy of this configuration file and use that to create a cluster.

kind create cluster --config cluster.yaml

Note down the IP address of the control plane by running the following command

docker container inspect kind-control-plane --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.Networks.kind.IPAddress }}'
172.20.0.2

Installing Paralus

Add the paralus helm repository

helm repo add paralus https://paralus.github.io/helm-charts
helm repo update
   helm install myrelease paralus/ztka \
-f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/paralus/helm-charts/main/examples/values.dev-generic.yaml \
--set fqdn.domain="paralus.local" \
-n paralus \
--create-namespace

Note: In case you get an error, run helm dependency build to build the dependencies.

You'll see the following output if the installation succeeds:

NAME: ztkarelease
LAST DEPLOYED: Wed Jun 15 09:05:49 2022
NAMESPACE: paralus
STATUS: deployed
REVISION: 1
NOTES:
1. Access the application URL by running these commands:
Open http://console.paralus.local in browser.

You can view the recovery link for admin user by running the following command once all the pods are running:

kubectl logs -f --namespace paralus $(kubectl get pods --namespace paralus -l app.kubernetes.io/name='paralus' -o jsonpath='{ .items[0].metadata.name }') initialize | grep 'Org Admin signup URL:'

Note: It can take upto a few minutes before all the pods are running and you can access the dashboard. You can check the status using watch kubectl get pods

Configuring /etc/hosts

Since we are deploying Paralus on local cluster, we need to update the /etc/hosts file with the IP Address/Ingress Host name to access the dashboard. In order to do that, edit the /etc/hosts file using your favourite editor and add the following line at the end of it along with the IP address obtained and save it.

172.20.0.2 console.paralus.local

Refer to the value of fqdn.domain in your values.yaml file to find the default host.

Open your favorite web browser and navigate to http://console.paralus.local, you will be see the dashboard with the login screen

Note: Docker-for-Mac does not expose container networks directly on the macOS host & hence you will not be able to access Paralus dashboard if you're on a Mac machine. We suggest using docker-mac-net-connect utility to overcome this issue.

Resetting Default Password

Paralus comes configured with default credentials that allow you to access the dashboard.

In order to get the Password Reset URL, copy the command displayed after helm install and execute it

kubectl logs -f --namespace paralus $(kubectl get pods --namespace paralus -l app.kubernetes.io/name='paralus' -o jsonpath='{ .items[0].metadata.name }') initialize | grep 'Org Admin signup URL:'

Org Admin signup URL: http://console.paralus.local/self-service/recovery?flow=9ec13c6f-414e-4cb5-bf4c-def35973118f&token=ge6bi6zmyzUlQrHlYTOCDeItV82hT08Y

Note: The password recovery link generated while deploying Paralus is valid only for 10 minutes. For any reason if the link is expired, refer to our troubleshooting guide to re-generate the password reset link.

Access the URL in a browser, and provide a new password.

Accessing Paralus Dashboard

In a new browser window/tab navigate to http://console.paralus.local and log in with the following credentials:

  • username: admin@paralus.local - or the one you specified in values.yaml
  • password: <The one you entered in the earlier section>

You'll be taken to the projects page where you'll see a default project.

Paralus default project screen

Importing Existing Cluster

Everything in Paralus is grouped into Projects. Each project will have clusters, users and groups associated with it. Hence the first step it to create a new project.

Click on New Project to create a new project and then import a cluster in that project.

Create New Cluster

Click Continue and download the bootstrap yaml file by clicking Import Bootstrap YAML. This will download the YAML file that is required to connect your cluster with Paralus.

Download Bootstrap YAML file

Configuring Network

Getting Cluster ID and Hostname

Open the downloaded yaml file in a text editor and look for clusterID

data:
clusterID: 5dceca49-c6cd-4a2b-b65a-f193c4fa001f
relays: '[{"token":"cakmpdvjd030q1q53p9g","addr":"console.paralus.local:80","endpoint":"*.core-connector.paralus.local:443","name":"paralus-core-relay-agent","templateToken":"cakl93fjd030q1q53p5g"}]'

With the clusterID identified, we need to update the hosts file. This becuase we are using hostname to route traffic.

5dceca49-c6cd-4a2b-b65a-f193c4fa001f.user.paralus.local
5dceca49-c6cd-4a2b-b65a-f193c4fa001f.core-connector.paralus.local
Updating /etc/hosts

Add two new lines in /etc/hosts file along with the IP address obtained

172.20.0.2 5dceca49-c6cd-4a2b-b65a-f193c4fa001f.user.paralus.local
172.20.0.2 5dceca49-c6cd-4a2b-b65a-f193c4fa001f.core-connector.paralus.local

Your final /etc/hosts file should be something like the following

172.20.0.2 console.paralus.local
172.20.0.2 5dceca49-c6cd-4a2b-b65a-f193c4fa001f.user.paralus.local
172.20.0.2 5dceca49-c6cd-4a2b-b65a-f193c4fa001f.core-connector.paralus.local

Accessing Existing Cluster

With all the changes in place, it's time to apply the bootstrap yaml file that we download while importing an existing cluster

kubectl apply -f mylocalcluster.yaml

Wait for the changes to take place. On the dashboard you will see that the cluster is imported successfully. It usually takes 3-5 minutes for the status to update.

You can also execute kubectl get pods to check the status.

Import Cluster Success

Select your newly imported cluster and click on kubectl to access the prompt and interact with your cluster from the dashboard.

A kubectl console will open in the bottom half of the screen, enter your kubectl commands to interact with your cluster.

Accessing imported cluster via kubectl

Congratulations! You've successfully deployed Paralus and imported a local cluster.

Refer to our documentation to learn about various features of Paralus.

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