Install Puppet applications using PAM on a customer-supported Kubernetes cluster
Use these instructions to install Puppet Application Manager and any Puppet applications on an existing Kubernetes cluster.
- If you haven’t already done so, install kubectl.
Puppet Application Manager is expected to work on any certified Kubernetes distribution that meets the following
requirements. We validated and support:
Google Kubernetes Engine
AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service
If you use a different distribution, contact Puppet Support for more information on compatibility with PAM.
- Make sure your Kubernetes cluster meets the
Note: If you’re using self-signed certificates on your Ingress controller, you must ensure that your job hardware nodes trust the certificates. Additionally, all nodes that use Continuous Delivery for PE webhooks must trust the certificates, or SSL checking must be disabled on these nodes.Important: If you are installing Puppet Comply on Puppet Application Manager, the ingress controller must be configured to allow request payloads of up to 32 MB. Ingress controllers used by Amazon EKS commonly default to a 1 MB maximum — this causes all report submissions to fail.
- Kubernetes version 1.21-1.24.
- A default storage class that can be used for relocatable storage.
- A standard Ingress controller that supports websockets (we have tested with Project Contour and NGINX).
- We currently test and support Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) clusters.
The ingress must have a generous limit for total connection time. Setting the connection timeout to
infinityin conjunction with an idle timeout is recommended.
- If you are setting up Puppet Application Manager behind a proxy server, the installer supports proxies configured via
NO_PROXYenvironment variables.Restriction: Using a proxy to connect to external version control systems is currently not supported.
Installation takes several (mostly hands-off) minutes to complete.
Install the KOTS (Kubernetes off-the-shelf software) plugin on a
workstation that has kubectl access to the
cluster. Your kubectl configuration must have
sufficient privileges to create cluster-level roles and permissions:
curl https://kots.io/install | bash
If you are performing an offline install, ensure the required images are
available in a local registry.
Download the release assets matching the CLI version using the
curl -LO https://github.com/replicatedhq/kots/releases/download/v$(kubectl kots version | head -n1 | cut -d' ' -f3)/kotsadm.tar.gz
Extract the images and push them into a private registry. Registry
credentials provided in this step must have push access. These
credentials are not stored anywhere or reused later.
kubectl kots admin-console push-images ./kotsadm.tar.gz <private.registry.host>/puppet-application-manager \ --registry-username <rw-username> \ --registry-password <rw-password>
Install Puppet Application Manager using images pushed in
the previous step. Registry credentials provided in this step only need
to have read access, and they are stored in a Kubernetes secret in the current
namespace. These credentials are used to pull the images.
kubectl kots install puppet-application-manager \ --kotsadm-namespace puppet-application-manager \ --kotsadm-registry <private.registry.host> \ --registry-username <ro-username> \ --registry-password <ro-password>Note: If you are setting up Puppet Application Manager behind a proxy server, add the
--copy-proxy-envflag to this command to copy the proxy-related environment values from your environment.
You can use similar commands to upload images from the application
bundle to your registry to continue to use read-only access when pulling
images. Use the same registry namespace (
puppet-application-manager) to pull application images.
kubectl kots admin-console push-images ./<application-release>.airgap <private.registry.host>/puppet-application-manager \ --registry-username <rw-username> \ --registry-password <rw-password>
- Download the release assets matching the CLI version using the following command:
To perform an online install of Puppet Application Manager on your
cluster, run the following commands from a workstation that has kubectl access to the cluster.
kubectl kots install puppet-application-manager --namespace <target namespace>
This installs Puppet Application Manager on the cluster and sets up a port forward on the ClusterIP.
http://localhost:8800and follow the prompts to be guided through the process of uploading a license for the application, configuring a local registry (for offline installs), checking to make sure your infrastructure meets system requirements, and configuring the application.Note: If you are performing an offline install, download the application bundle and provide it when prompted.Tip: Clusters like GKE often restrict ports to 30000-32767. The webhook for Continuous Delivery for PE defaults to port 8000. To update this port to something in the allowed range, when configuring the application, use the following steps:
- On the Puppet Application Manager Dashboard page, under , select View options for using a proxy or external load balancer.
- Enter a new value for Webhook service port.
- To configure your installation further, click Config. On this tab, you can configure a public hostname, root user, and other settings. These are written as Kubernetes secrets in the deployment manifests. For information on how to configure your application, see the documentation for that application:
To use cert-manager, in the Customize endpoints
section, select I have cert manager and in the
annotations section, add yours. For example:
kubernetes.io/ingress.class: nginx cert-manager.io/cluster-issuer: letsencrypt-prod
- When you are happy with your configuration, click Save config to deploy the application.
Follow the instructions for configuring and deploying your Puppet applications on Puppet Application Manager. For general information, go to Install applications via the PAM UI.
For more information on installing Continuous Delivery for PE online, see Install Continuous Delivery for PE.
For more information on installing Comply online, see Install Comply online.