Direct Kubernetes Access
Convox makes managing and operating your Kubernetes cluster extremely easy and simple by abstracting a lot of the unnecessary complexities away. We know, however, that there may be times that you will want to dive deeper and access the Kubernetes primitives and resources yourself. This could be deep debugging of an edge-case networking issue, examination of an underlying cloud infrastructure issue, gaining a deeper understanding of how everything ties together, or simply to install a Kubernetes native component or plugin directly.
Convox provides an API proxy to Kubernetes that runs on your Rack which allows you to grant availability to the underlying system, whilst delegating per-user access to Kubernetes. This is actually a lot easier and more manageable than providing direct Kubernetes credentials to the developers in your team!
Configure kubectl to Point at Your Rack
Convox allows you to securely connect your
kubectl to your Convox created Kubernetes cluster by exporting a kubeconfig that will connect you to a Kubernetes API Proxy running inside your Rack. This allows you to use
kubectl without directly exposing the credentials for your Kubernetes cluster. For example if your Rack is called
myrack you could point your local
kubectl to your Rack cluster as follows
$ convox switch myrack $ convox rack kubeconfig > $HOME/.kube/myrack-config $ export KUBECONFIG=$HOME/.kube/myrack-config or $ kubectl get pods --namespace=myrack-system --kubeconfig=$HOME/.kube/myrack-config
This will export the proxy configuration to a temporary file and then point your local
kubectl environment at that location so you can connect to your Rack’s cluster. You will need to perform this step before you can execute any
kubectl commands against your cluster.
kubectllooks for a file named
$HOME/.kubedirectory. You can specify other kubeconfig files by setting the
KUBECONFIGenvironment variable or by setting the
In this way, you can produce a kubeconfig file for all the Racks you require and simply change which file your
kubectl command refers to to change which Rack it talks to.
If you remove a user’s access to your Convox organization, then they will also lose access to the underlying Kubernetes infrastructure, which is important from a security point of view.