Deploying an Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Cluster with Terraform
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is a fully managed Kubernetes service offered by Microsoft Azure. It simplifies deploying and managing containerized applications using Kubernetes. This article will demonstrate creating an AKS cluster using Terraform, a widespread Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tool.
- Install Terraform on your local machine.
- Install Azure CLI and sign in to your Azure account with az login.
- Make sure you have an active Azure subscription.
Table of Contents:
- Create Terraform Configuration Files
- Initialize Terraform
- Connect to the AKS Cluster
- Clean Up Resources
- Dive Deeper: Recommended Reads
Create Terraform Configuration Files
First, create a new directory for your Terraform configuration files:
Next, create the main Terraform configuration file
main.tf and the variables file
terraform init command to initialize your Terraform project and download the necessary provider plugins:
Apply the Terraform Configuration
terraform apply to create the resources defined in your configuration:
Review the changes and type “yes” when prompted to apply them. This step might take a few minutes to complete. Once done, Terraform will output the kubeconfig information.
Connect to the AKS Cluster
Save the kubeconfig output from the previous step to a file, and set the
KUBECONFIG environment variable to use it:
Now, you can use kubectl to interact with your AKS cluster:
This command will show the nodes in your AKS cluster.
Clean Up Resources
When you no longer need the AKS cluster, you can destroy the resources using Terraform:
Type “yes” when prompted to confirm that you want to destroy the resources.
This tutorial taught you how to create an Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster using Terraform. By leveraging Infrastructure as Code, you can maintain consistent environments, collaborate more effectively, and ensure repeatability across deployments. In addition, you can further enhance your Terraform configuration by adding more resources and customizing your AKS cluster to suit your application requirements.
Dive Deeper: Recommended Reads
Expand your knowledge of Infrastructure as Code and Terraform with our insightful collection of articles! Dive into a range of topics that will help you master the art of managing infrastructure:
- Terraform Best Practices: Learn the most effective ways to use Terraform in your projects.
- Managing environments through Terraform Workspaces: Discover how to manage multiple environments with ease.
- Building highly available VMSS on Azure using Terraform Modules: Create scalable and highly available virtual machine scale sets on Azure.
- Building an Elasticache cluster on AWS using Terraform Modules: Harness the power of AWS Elasticache with Terraform.
- Demystifying Terraform Modules: Understand the ins and outs of Terraform modules.
- Building an Nginx web server on Azure using Terraform: Deploy a reliable Nginx web server on Azure.
- Building an Nginx web server on AWS using Terraform: Set up an Nginx web server on AWS with Terraform.
- Introduction to Infrastructure as Code (IaC): Get started with Infrastructure as Code and grasp the fundamentals.
- Building an EKS Cluster on AWS with Terraform: A Step-by-Step Guide: Spin an Amazon EKS cluster effortlessly using Terraform, following our detailed step-by-step guide.
- Create a GKE Cluster on Google Cloud Platform using Terraform: Create and manage a GKE cluster on Google Cloud Platform with ease using Terraform’s automation features.
Embrace the power of Terraform and Infrastructure as Code with this comprehensive collection of articles, and enhance your skills in deploying, managing, and maintaining your infrastructure.
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