Kubernetes

An Hawtio console that eases the discovery and management of hawtio-enabled 1 applications deployed on Kubernetes.

Preparation

Prior to the deployment, depending on the cluster types you need to generate either of the proxying or serving certificates.

Certificate Description
Proxying Used to secure the communication between Hawtio Online and the Jolokia agents. A client certificate is generated and mounted into the Hawtio Online pod with a secret, to be used for TLS client authentication.
Serving Used to secure the communication between the client and Hawtio Online.

Proxying certificates

For Kubernetes, proxing certificates are disabled by default and you don't need to go through the steps.

:warning: This means that client certificate authentication between Hawtio Online and the Jolokia agents is not available by default for Kubernetes, and the Jolokia agents need to disable client certificate authentication so that Hawtio Online can connect to them. You can still use TLS for securing the communication between them.

It is possible to use a proxying client certificate for Hawtio Online on Kubernetes; it requires you to generate or provide a custom CA for the certificate and then mount/configure it into the Jolokia agent for its client certificate authentication.

Serving certificates

For Kubernetes, a serving certificate must be generated manually. Run the following script to generate and set up a certificate for Hawtio Online:

$ ./scripts/generate-serving.sh [-k tls.key] [-c tls.crt] [SECRET_NAME] [CN]

or:

$ yarn gen:serving [-k tls.key] [-c tls.crt] [SECRET_NAME] [CN]

You can provide an existing TLS key and certificate by passing parameters -k tls.key and -c tls.crt respectively. Otherwise, a self-signed tls.key and tls.crt will be generated automatically in the working directory and used for creating the serving certificate secret.

You can optionally pass SECRET_NAME and CN to customise the secret name and Common Name used in the TLS certificate. The default secret name is hawtio-online-tls-serving and CN is hawtio-online.hawtio.svc.

Now you can run the following instructions to deploy the Hawtio Online console on your Kubernetes cluster.

You may want to read how to get started with the CLI for more information about the kubectl client tool.

To deploy the Hawtio Online console on Kubernetes, follow the steps below.

Cluster mode

If you have Yarn installed:

$ yarn deploy:k8s:cluster

otherwise:

$ kubectl apply -k deploy/k8s/cluster/

Namespace mode

If you have Yarn installed:

$ yarn deploy:k8s:namespace

otherwise:

$ kubectl apply -k deploy/k8s/namespace/

Deployment

There are two deployment modes you can choose from: cluster and namespace.

Deployment Mode Descripton
Cluster The Hawtio Online console can discover and connect to hawtio-enabled 1 applications deployed across multiple namespaces / projects.
Namespace This restricts the Hawtio Online console access to a single namespace / project, and as such acts as a single tenant deployment.

Authentication

Hawtio Online currently supports two authentication modes: oauth, which is configured through HAWTIO_ONLINE_AUTH environment variable on Deployment.

Mode Description
form Authenticates requests with bearer tokens throught the Hawtio login form.

Creating user for Form authentication

With the Form authentication mode, any user with a bearer token can be authenticated. See Authenticating for different ways to provide users with bearer tokens.

Here we illustrate how to create a ServiceAccount as a user to log in to the Hawtio console as an example. See Creating a Hawtio user for Form authentication for more details.

1. Containers with a configured port named jolokia and that exposes the Jolokia API.