Getting Started

Pharos is designed to work on any infrastructure: private datacenters, public cloud, hybrid or edge. It works on any environment that will meet the minimum system requirements and allows you to bootstrap and manage Kubernetes clusters super easily.

Get started with Pharos by following these steps:

  1. Setup Pharos CLI Toolchain
  2. Prepare the Nodes for the Kubernetes Cluster
  3. Creating the Cluster Configuration File
  4. Bootstrapping Kubernetes Cluster Using Pharos
  5. Interacting with your Kubernetes Cluster

Setup Pharos CLI Toolchain

Follow these easy steps to setup Pharos CLI toolchain. For more detailed instructions and installation options, see full documentation.

First we need to download and install chpharos - the Pharos version switcher tool:

$ curl -s https://get.k8spharos.dev | bash

Once installed, you can install pharos CLI tool binaries. Install the latest version of Pharos like this:

$ chpharos install latest --use

Prepare Nodes for Kubernetes Cluster

Most of the Kubernetes cluster components are launched using containers on a Linux distro. You can use most common Linux distros, we support many of them.

Tip: In our GitHub repo, there's ready made examples for setting up the cluster using Vagrant boxes. This is an easy way to get started if you do not have any other infrastructure available to play with. See https://github.com/kontena/pharos-cluster/tree/master/examples/vagrant/centos7

Create the Cluster Configuration File

With Pharos, the cluster is configured using a yaml file. In this example we setup simple 1+1 cluster, one node acts as the control plane and one as pure worker node.

So open up your favourite editor, and type something similar as in the example below. Once done, save the file as cluster.yml. Naturally you need to adjust the example to match your infrastructure at hand.

hosts:
  - address: 192.168.110.100
    user: vagrant
    role: master
    ssh_key_path: ~/.ssh/my_key
  - address: 192.168.110.101
    user: vagrant
    role: worker
    ssh_key_path: ~/.ssh/my_key
network: {} # Use Weave networking with default config

For more complex cases, there's huge amount of configuration options and addons available.

Bootstrap your First Pharos Kubernetes Cluster

Once the cluster definition is ready, we can fire up the cluster.

In the same directory where you created the cluster.yml file, run:

$ pharos up

Pharos connects to the infrastructure you've configured with SSH connections and configures everything needed on the hosts. Within few minutes you should have your cluster up-and-running.

Interact with the Cluster

To interact with the cluster, we need to get the kubeconfig file to access it as an administrator. Pharos tooling makes this super easy for you. Again, in the same directory with the cluster.yml file run:

$ pharos kubeconfig > kubeconfig

Then to apply it for Kubernetes tooling, run:

export KUBECONFIG="${PWD}/kubeconfig"

To verify everything worked, run:

$ kubectl get nodes

Now you're ready to work with the cluster, go ahead and use your favourite tools to deploy applications.

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