Installing Weave Net

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Lesson Summary:

We are now ready to set up networking in our Kubernetes cluster. This lesson guides you through the process of installing Weave Net in the cluster. It also shows you how to test your cluster network to make sure that everything is working as expected so far. After completing this lesson, you should have a functioning cluster network within your Kubernetes cluster.

You can configure Weave Net like this:

First, log in to both worker nodes and enable IP forwarding:

sudo sysctl net.ipv4.conf.all.forwarding=1
echo "net.ipv4.conf.all.forwarding=1" | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf

The remaining commands can be done using kubectl. To connect with kubectl, you can either log in to one of the control nodes and run kubectl there or open an SSH tunnel for port 6443 to the load balancer server and use kubectl locally.

You can open the SSH tunnel by running this in a separate terminal. Leave the session open while you are working to keep the tunnel active:

ssh -L 6443:localhost:6443 user@<your Load balancer cloud server public IP>

Install Weave Net like this:

kubectl apply -f "$(kubectl version | base64 | tr -d '\n')&env.IPALLOC_RANGE="

Now Weave Net is installed, but we need to test our network to make sure everything is working.

First, make sure the Weave Net pods are up and running:

kubectl get pods -n kube-system

This should return two Weave Net pods, and look something like this:

NAME              READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
weave-net-m69xq   2/2       Running   0          11s
weave-net-vmb2n   2/2       Running   0          11s

Next, we want to test that pods can connect to each other and that they can connect to services. We will set up two Nginx pods and a service for those two pods. Then, we will create a busybox pod and use it to test connectivity to both Nginx pods and the service.

First, create an Nginx deployment with 2 replicas:

cat << EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
  name: nginx
      run: nginx
  replicas: 2
        run: nginx
      - name: my-nginx
        image: nginx
        - containerPort: 80

Next, create a service for that deployment so that we can test connectivity to services as well:

kubectl expose deployment/nginx

Now let's start up another pod. We will use this pod to test our networking. We will test whether we can connect to the other pods and services from this pod.

kubectl run busybox --image=radial/busyboxplus:curl --command -- sleep 3600
POD_NAME=$(kubectl get pods -l run=busybox -o jsonpath="{.items[0]}")

Now let's get the IP addresses of our two Nginx pods:

kubectl get ep nginx

There should be two IP addresses listed under ENDPOINTS, for example:

NAME      ENDPOINTS                       AGE
nginx,   50m

Now let's make sure the busybox pod can connect to the Nginx pods on both of those IP addresses.

kubectl exec $POD_NAME -- curl <first nginx pod IP address>
kubectl exec $POD_NAME -- curl <second nginx pod IP address>

Both commands should return some HTML with the title "Welcome to Nginx!" This means that we can successfully connect to other pods.

Now let's verify that we can connect to services.

kubectl get svc

This should display the IP address for our Nginx service. For example, in this case, the IP is

kubernetes   ClusterIP    <none>        443/TCP   1h
nginx        ClusterIP   <none>        80/TCP    53m

Let's see if we can access the service from the busybox pod!

kubectl exec $POD_NAME -- curl <nginx service IP address>

This should also return HTML with the title "Welcome to Nginx!"

This means that we have successfully reached the Nginx service from inside a pod and that our networking configuration is working!

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