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Set up a KiND cluster

How to set up a KiND cluster


Install and configure KiND

Refer to the KiND documentation to install.

If you are using Docker Desktop, verify that you have the recommended settings.

Configure and create the KiND cluster

  1. Create a file named kind-cluster-config.yaml, and paste the following:

    kind: Cluster
    - role: control-plane
      - |
        kind: InitConfiguration
            node-labels: "ingress-ready=true"    
      - containerPort: 80
        hostPort: 8081
        protocol: TCP
      - containerPort: 443
        hostPort: 8443
        protocol: TCP
    - role: worker
    - role: worker

    This cluster configuration:

    • Requests KiND to spin up a Kubernetes cluster comprised of a control plane and two worker nodes.
    • Allows for future setup of ingresses.
    • Exposes container ports to the host machine.
  2. Run the kind create cluster command, providing the cluster configuration file:

    kind create cluster --config kind-cluster-config.yaml

    Expected output

    Creating cluster "kind" ...
     ✓ Ensuring node image (kindest/node:v1.21.1) 🖼
     ✓ Preparing nodes 📦 📦 📦
     ✓ Writing configuration 📜
     ✓ Starting control-plane 🕹️
     ✓ Installing CNI 🔌
     ✓ Installing StorageClass 💾
     ✓ Joining worker nodes 🚜
    Set kubectl context to "kind-kind"
    You can now use your cluster with:
    kubectl cluster-info --context kind-kind
    Thanks for using kind! 😊

Initialize and run Dapr

  1. Initialize Dapr in Kubernetes.

    dapr init --kubernetes

    Once Dapr finishes initializing, you can use its core components on the cluster.

  2. Verify the status of the Dapr components:

    dapr status -k

    Expected output

      dapr-sentry            dapr-system  True     Running  1         1.5.1    53s  2021-12-10 09:27.17
      dapr-operator          dapr-system  True     Running  1         1.5.1    53s  2021-12-10 09:27.17
      dapr-sidecar-injector  dapr-system  True     Running  1         1.5.1    53s  2021-12-10 09:27.17
      dapr-dashboard         dapr-system  True     Running  1         0.9.0    53s  2021-12-10 09:27.17
      dapr-placement-server  dapr-system  True     Running  1         1.5.1    52s  2021-12-10 09:27.18
  3. Forward a port to Dapr dashboard:

    dapr dashboard -k -p 9999
  4. Navigate to http://localhost:9999 to validate a successful setup.

Last modified September 5, 2023: updates per Mukundan (cdcee356)