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Deploying an application on Tectonic

When Tectonic Sandbox installation is complete, the terminal will display instructions for accessing Tectonic Console and kubectl. Log in to the Console, then use these instructions to deploy your first application.

This tutorial will:

  • Deploy a simple application using Tectonic Console.
  • Deploy the same application with kubectl run.
  • Deploy the same application using YAML manifests.

Applications may be deployed on Tectonic clusters both by using Tectonic Console, and by passing a YAML manifest file to the kubectl create CLI tool. Once deployed, scale and monitor the application using Tectonic Console.

This tutorial will explore three useful Kubernetes concepts, deployments, services, and ingress.

  • Deployments: run multiple copies of a container across multiple nodes.
  • Services: provide an endpoint that load balances traffic to containers run by a deployment (usually internally).
  • Ingress: provides an endpoint that load balances traffic to containers run by a deployment (usually internally).

Configuring credentials

First, open Tectonic Console to download and configure kubectl.

Log in to Tectonic Console:

  1. Open a browser and visit console.tectonicsandbox.com/.
  2. When prompted for a login, use "admin@example.com" and "sandbox" as the username and password.

Authenticate and initiate kubectl download:

  1. From Tectonic Console, click Tectonic Admin > My Account on the bottom left of the page.
  2. Click KUBECTL: Download Configuration, and follow the onscreen instructions to authenticate.
  3. When the Set Up kubectl window opens, click Verify Identity.
  4. Enter username: admin@example.com and password: sandbox, and click Login.
  5. Copy the alphanumeric string on the Login Successful screen.
  6. Switch back to Tectonic Console, enter the string in the field provided, and click Generate Configuration to open the Download kubectl Configuration window.

Download the kubectl-config and kubectl files:

  1. From the Download kubectl Configuration window, click Download Configuration to download your kubectl-config file.
  2. Click Mac or Linux to download the kubectl binary for your operating system.
  3. Click I’m Done to exit the download window, and return to the console.

Move the downloaded kubectl file to /usr/local/bin (or any other directory in your PATH):

$ chmod +x kubectl
$ mv kubectl /usr/local/bin/kubectl

Make the downloaded kubectl-config file kubectl’s default by copying it to a .kube directory on your machine:

$ mkdir -p ~/.kube/ # create the directory
$ cp path/to/file/kubectl-config $HOME/.kube/config # rename the file and copy it into the directory

Configure kubectl:

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. Navigate to the tectonic-sandbox directory.
  3. If on Mac or Linux, run the following command: export KUBECONFIG=$PWD/provisioning/etc/kubernetes/kubeconfig
  4. If on Windows Powershell, run the following command: $env:KUBECONFIG = "$PWD\provisioning\etc\kubernetes\kubeconfig"

Deploying an app with Tectonic Console

This tutorial will deploy a simple, stateless website for a local bakery called "The Cookie Shop."

To deploy using Tectonic Console, copy and paste YAML file content into Tectonic Console to create Deployments, Services, and Ingress.

First, deploy the sample app:

  1. In the console, go to Workloads > Deployments, and click Create Deployment.
  2. A pane will open, showing a default YAML deployment file.
  3. Copy the contents of simple-deployment.yaml, listed below, into the YAML pane, replacing its contents
  4. Click Create.

The Console will create your deployment, and display its Overview window.

Then, add the service:

  1. Go to Routing > Services, and click Create Service.
  2. Copy the contents of simple-service.yaml, listed below, into the pane, replacing the default content.
  3. Click Create.

The Console will create the service, and display its Overview window.

Then, add the Ingress resource:

  1. Go to Routing > Ingress, and click Create Ingress.
  2. Copy the contents of simple-ingress.yaml into the pane, replacing the default content.
  3. Click Create.

The Console will create the Ingress, and display its Overview window. Copy the Host and Path and combine them into a URL. Visit the URL to check your work.

Deploying an application from kubectl

This example will use the simple app deployed above. To create an identical app, first delete the existing app using kubectl delete:

$ kubectl delete deploy/simple-deployment svc/simple-service ing/simple-ingress
deployment "simple-deployment" deleted
service "simple-service" deleted
ingress "simple-ingress" deleted

Use kubectl run to create both a Deployment and a Service object:

$ kubectl run simple-deployment --image=quay.io/coreos/example-app:v1.0 --port=80 --replicas=3 --labels="k8s-app=simple" --expose=true
$ kubectl get svc,deploy
NAME                    CLUSTER-IP    EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)   AGE
svc/kubernetes      <none>        443/TCP   2h
svc/simple-deployment   <none>        80/TCP    13s

deploy/simple-deployment   3         3         3            3           13s

Use kubectl get svc,deploy to review the running services and deployments just created.

The app is now deployed, but not yet available to a browser interface. To expose the service, use the YAML manifests.

First, use kubectl get to view the deployment above as a manifest:

$ kubectl get deployment/simple-deployment -o yaml

The output YAML demonstrates that the kubectl run command created a resource in the cluster (which may be returned as YAML or JSON). These files may be used to create new resources, and may be stored in git, making them easily versionable.

Before moving on, remove the deployment just created using kubectl delete:

$ kubectl delete svc/simple-deployment deploy/simple-deployment

Deploying an application from YAML

The same application may also be deployed using kubectl create and YAML files.

First, create three YAML files to define the Deployment, Service, and Ingress objects.

Create a file named simple-deployment.yaml using the YAML content listed below.


apiVersion: apps/v1beta2
kind: Deployment
  name: simple-deployment
  namespace: default
    k8s-app: simple
  replicas: 3
      k8s-app: simple
        k8s-app: simple
        - name: nginx
          image: quay.io/coreos/example-app:v1.0
            - name: http
              containerPort: 80

The parameter replicas: 3, will create 3 running copies. Image: quay.io/coreos/example-app:v1.0 defines the container image to run, hosted on Quay.io.

Copy the following into a file named simple-service.yaml. This file will be used to deploy the service.


kind: Service
apiVersion: v1
  name: simple-service
  namespace: default
    k8s-app: simple
  - protocol: TCP
    port: 80
  type: NodePort

To connect the service to the containers run by the deployment, the deployment containerPort and the service port must match.

Copy the following into a file named simple-ingress.yaml. This file will be used to create an Ingress resource to act as a local load balancer.


apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
kind: Ingress
  name: simple-ingress
  namespace: default
    kubernetes.io/ingress.class: "tectonic"
    ingress.kubernetes.io/rewrite-target: /
    ingress.kubernetes.io/ssl-redirect: "true"
    ingress.kubernetes.io/use-port-in-redirects: "true"
    - host: console.tectonicsandbox.com
          - path: /simple-deployment
              serviceName: simple-service
              servicePort: 80

To connect the Service to Ingress, the Service metadata.name and the Ingress spec.rules.http.paths.backend.serviceName must match.

Instantiate the cluster objects specified in the simple-deployment.yaml, simple-service.yaml, and simple-ingress manifests by passing the filepaths to kubectl create. Check that they were created successfully by listing out the objects afterwards:

$ kubectl create -f simple-deployment.yaml
deployment "simple-deployment" created
$ kubectl get deployments
NAME                          DESIRED   CURRENT   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
deploy/simple-deployment      3         3         3            3           7m
$ kubectl create -f simple-service.yaml
service "simple-service" created
$ kubectl get services -o wide
simple-service <pending>      80:30657/TCP   1d     k8s-app=simple
$ kubectl create -f simple-ingress.yaml
ingress "simple-deployment" created
$ kubectl get ingress
NAME                HOSTS                               ADDRESS   PORTS     AGE
simple-deployment   console.tectonicsandbox.com                   80        24s

This will deploy three replicas of the application. They'll be connected by a service, which is then exposed to the internet by the Ingress resource. Visit console.tectonicsandbox.com/simple-deployment/ to confirm that the application is up and running.

Our simple Cookie Shop application up and running on Tectonic

Monitoring your app using Tectonic Console

Use Tectonic Console to monitor the app’s public IP, Service, Deployment, and related Pods.

Go to Routing > Services to monitor the site’s services.

Viewing the Service in the Console

Go to Routing > Ingress and click on the Ingress name to view the Ingress resource.

Viewing the Ingress in the Console

Go to Workloads > Deployments and click on the Deployment name to monitor the deployment’s Pods.

Viewing the Deployment in the Console

Using your own container images

The examples above used container images that have been shared publicly. To generate and host your own container images, we suggest using Quay.io or Quay Enterprise. The Quay container registry offers sophisticated access controls, easily automated builds, and automated security scanning, free for public projects.

Substitute your custom image and version (known as a "tag") in the Deployment above, by changing:

  - name: nginx
    image: quay.io/coreos/example-app:v1.0

NEXT: Checking the logs for our app