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Set up Vault-UI on Tectonic

Vault-UI is an open source project for managing and interacting with Vault through a web UI. Vault itself does not provide a web UI; all interactions are through either the Vault CLI or REST API calls.


Install Vault-UI

To install Vault-UI, install and configure the Helm chart provided in the Vault-UI repo.

Clone the Vault-UI repository:

git clone https://github.com/djenriquez/vault-ui

Modify the file vault-ui/kubernetes/chart/vault-ui/templates/deployment.yaml to add the NODE_TLS_REJECT_UNAUTHORIZED environment variable to allow self-signed HTTPS certificates.

            - name: VAULT_URL_DEFAULT
              value: {{ .Values.vault.url }}
            - name: VAULT_AUTH_DEFAULT
              value: {{ .Values.vault.auth }}
              value: '0'

Next modify the file vault-ui/kubernetes/chart/vault-ui/values.yaml to configure the way to access the Vault-UI using Ingress, ClusterIP, LoadBalancer, or other access means.

Configuration for Ingress:

The following example will set up Vault-UI to be accessible at the Ingress host vault-ui.ingress.staging.core-os.net in the namespace default. Change the Ingress hostname and namespace as needed.

To use Ingress, first manually create a TLS certificate that will be used to set up the Ingress resource for Vault-UI, as described in the Vault TLS setup guide:

KUBE_NS=default \
SERVER_SECRET=vault-ui-server-ingress-tls \
CLIENT_SECRET=vault-ui-client-ingress-tls \
SAN_HOSTS="vault-ui.ingress.staging.core-os.net" \
SERVER_CERT=tls.crt \
SERVER_KEY=tls.key \

Use the secrets listed above to modify the values.yaml file:

replicaCount: 1
  repository: djenriquez/vault-ui
  tag: latest
  pullPolicy: IfNotPresent
  name: vault-ui
  type: ClusterIP
  externalPort: 8000
  internalPort: 8000
  enabled: true
    - vault-ui.ingress.staging.core-os.net
    kubernetes.io/ingress.class: tectonic
    ingress.kubernetes.io/force-ssl-redirect: "true"
    - secretName: vault-ui-server-ingress-tls
        - vault-ui.ingress.staging.core-os.net
resources: {}
  auth: TOKEN
  url: https://example:8200

Use Helm to install Vault-UI within the default namespace:

$ cd vault-ui/kubernetes/chart/vault-ui
$ helm install . --namespace=default

Accessing Vault-UI

When complete, the Helm installation will provide notes on how to access Vault-UI using port forwarding.

With the Ingress configuration, Vault-UI should be accessible at the Ingress host vault-ui.ingress.staging.core-os.net. Make sure to set up the DNS record for the Ingress host to make it accessible as described in the Ingress guide. If you are unable to access Vault-UI via Ingress, try accessing it via port forwarding to isolate the issue.