Install on Azure

Prepare for and install Konvoy on Azure

This section describes how to prepare your environment and install Konvoy on Azure. It relates to deploying the entire Kubernetes cluster onto Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You can also manage Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) through D2iQ Kommander.

Before you Begin

First, log in to your Azure account with the following command:

az login

This should open a browser window asking for your credentials. Once you supply your credentials to the Azure login webpage, the command line will return, outputting some of your account information (including the subscriptions you have access to).

You have logged in. Now let us find all the subscriptions to which you have access...
  "cloudName": "AzureCloud",
  "isDefault": true,
  "managedByTenants": [],
  "name": "Konvoy Developer Subscription",
  "state": "Enabled",
  "user": {
    "name": "",
    "type": "user"

If your account has access to multiple subscriptions, you should choose which subscription to use. You can do this by running the command below. It will require your subscription name which can be found in the output of the az login command.

az account set --subscription "Your Subscription Name"

You need to be authorized as a Contributor in your Azure account and need to be able to assign roles to a user. To do this, you or your Azure Administrator must run the following command:

az role assignment create --assignee YOUR_USER_LOGIN --role "User Access Administrator"

You will see this:

  "canDelegate": null,
  "id": "/subscriptions/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXX2/providers/Microsoft.Authorization/roleAssignments/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXX3",
  "principalName": "",
  "principalType": "User",
  "roleDefinitionId": "/subscriptions/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXX2/providers/Microsoft.Authorization/roleDefinitions/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXX5",
  "roleDefinitionName": "User Access Administrator",
  "scope": "/subscriptions/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXX2",
  "type": "Microsoft.Authorization/roleAssignments"

Preparing the Cluster Configurations

After verifying your prerequisites, you can create all of the default configuration files needed to launch an Azure Kubernetes cluster by running the following command. Please note that the directory from which you create your configuration files and cluster will be the directory you will need to run any subsequent Konvoy commands for future administration.

konvoy init --provisioner=azure

The output should look like this:

Created configuration file successfully!

If you don’t want to have the cluster name generated based on the working directory, you can instead run the following command to customize the cluster name:

konvoy up --provisioner azure --cluster-name <YOUR_SPECIFIED_NAME>

NOTE: The cluster name may only contain the following characters: a-z, 0-9, . - and _.

The directory where you ran this command will now contain two certificate files (.pub and .pem) to be used in the provisioning of the cluster. It will also contain a file named cluster.yaml which will have all of the default configurations for building a Konvoy cluster on Azure.

A summary of the default cluster deployment is below.

NOTE: Please refer to the cluster.yaml reference documentation if you would like to customize your installation.

  • Provisions three Standard_D4S_v3 virtual machines as Kubernetes master nodes
  • Provisions six Standard_D4S_v3 virtual machines as Kubernetes worker nodes
  • Deploys a Kubernetes cluster with an auto-generated name
  • Deploys all of the following default Addons:
    • dashboard
    • konvoyconfig
    • reloader
    • azurediskprovisioner
    • azuredisk-csi-driver
    • cert-manager
    • opsportal
    • gatekeeper
    • defaultstorageclass-protection
    • traefik
    • prometheus
    • prometheusadapter
    • dex
    • elasticsearch
    • elasticsearch-curator
    • elasticsearchexporter
    • fluentbit
    • velero
    • dex-k8s-authenticator
    • traefik-forward-auth
    • kube-oidc-proxy
    • kommander
    • kibana

The complete list of Azure infrastructure (VMs, networking, etc.) to be provisioned can be listed by running the following command:

konvoy provision --plan-only

NOTE: This command can be run before the initial provisioning or at any point after modifications are made to the cluster.yaml file.

Preparing the Cluster Configurations

To install the cluster with the configurations specified in the cluster.yaml, make sure you are in the directory with the certificates and cluster.yaml file and run the following command:

konvoy up -y

This will kick off the creation of the Azure VM instances and environment and will install Kubernetes and all of the Addons specified in the cluster.yaml. With the default configurations, it should take about 30 minutes for the Konvoy cluster to be provisioned.

When the deployment has completed, you should see output similar to the following:

Kubernetes cluster and addons deployed successfully!

Run `konvoy apply kubeconfig` to update kubectl credentials.

Run `konvoy check` to verify that the cluster has reached a steady state and all deployments have finished.

Navigate to the URL below to access various services running in the cluster.
And login using the credentials below.

If the cluster was recently created, the dashboard and services may take a few minutes to be accessible.

Install Errors: If there is an error, a race condition may have occurred, and you can simply run the up process again to pick up where you left off:

konvoy up -y

To verify that all of the Konvoy components are installed and running correctly, run this command:

konvoy check

Connecting to your Konvoy Operations Portal

You can access the user interface to monitor and operate your cluster through the Operations Portal. The URL, username, and password to connect are in the output from the konvoy up command. If you need to get this information again, you can run the following command:

konvoy get ops-portal

The output should contain this information.
And login using the credentials below.

Use your browser to connect to the portal using the username and password.

Connecting directly to your Kubernetes cluster from the command line using kubectl

In order to connect directly to the newly provisioned Kubernetes cluster with the native Kubernetes CLI (kubectl), you will first need to run a command to add the cluster connection information to kubctl’s configuration file (~./kube/config). To do so, run this command:

konvoy apply kubeconfig

After this command completes, you should be able to run any kubectl command connecting directly to the Kubernetes cluster. To test, you can run:

kubectl get nodes

This should return the list of nodes that make up your new Kubernetes cluster.

Deprovisioning the Cluster

To uninstall Konvoy and destroy all of the artifacts created in Azure by the deployment, you can run the following command:

konvoy down -y

Cluster Administration Directory

As mentioned in the Preparing the Cluster Configurations section above, the directory from which you ran konvoy up will remain the directory you need to run any subsequent konvoy CLI commands. The konvoy CLI is used to administer the cluster (upgrade, deprovision, scale, change configs, install Addons, etc.). This directory is important since it will now contain the following generated files: