Install & Setup

Install on AKS

Installing Dotmesh on a AKS cluster

You're gonna need.
  • An account on the Azure
  • The Azure CLI
  • kubectl installed via the Azure CLI, run az aks install-cli
  • Enable the AKS preview via the Azure CLI

This guide will show you how to install dotmesh onto a Kubernetes cluster provisioned on Azure Container Service. We support Kubernetes 1.8 on AKS clusters. AKS is currently in preview, for further updates please see the AKS Documentation.


First - let’s authenticate our az cli and point to the correct subscription.

Change the value of mySubscription with the subscription you wish to provision the AKS cluster in:

export AZ_SUBSCRIPTION_ID=<mySubscription>

Then we use the az cli to authenticate:

az login
az account set --subscription $AZ_SUBSCRIPTION_ID

Create a resource group

Create a resource group with the az group create command. An Azure resource group is a logical group in which Azure resources are deployed and managed. When creating a resource group you are asked to specify a location, this is where your resources will live in Azure. While AKS is in preview, only some location options are available. These are eastus, westeurope, centralus, canadacentral, canadaeast. See the AKS Documentation for further updates on location availability.

export AZ_RESOURCE_GROUP=<myResourceGroup>

az group create --name $AZ_RESOURCE_GROUP --location $AZ_RESOURCE_GROUP_LOCATION

Provision cluster

Then we provision a new Kubernetes cluster of 3 nodes:

az aks create --resource-group $AZ_RESOURCE_GROUP --name myAKSCluster --node-count 3 --generate-ssh-keys --kubernetes-version 1.8.7

Create namespace & secrets

Before we can install Dotmesh, we need to set our admin password and api key:

export ADMIN_PASSWORD=apples
export ADMIN_API_KEY=apples

Then we create the namespace before adding our credentials as secrets:

kubectl create namespace dotmesh
echo -n $ADMIN_PASSWORD > dotmesh-admin-password.txt
echo -n $ADMIN_API_KEY > dotmesh-api-key.txt
kubectl create secret generic dotmesh \
  --from-file=./dotmesh-admin-password.txt \
  --from-file=./dotmesh-api-key.txt -n dotmesh
rm -f dotmesh-admin-password.txt dotmesh-api-key.txt

Etcd operator

Install the etcd operator ready for our dotmesh cluster:

kubectl apply -f
kubectl apply -f

It may take a few minutes for the etcd operator to activate. Use kubectl get pods -n dotmesh to check for a running etcd-operator pod.

Create an etcd cluster for dotmesh to use

kubectl apply -f
etcdcluster "dotmesh-etcd-cluster" configured


Use the following command to apply the YAML configuration for running dotmesh:

kubectl apply -f
configmap "configuration" configured

kubectl apply -f
serviceaccount "dotmesh" configured
serviceaccount "dotmesh-operator" configured
clusterrole "dotmesh" configured
clusterrolebinding "dotmesh" configured
clusterrolebinding "dotmesh-operator" configured
service "dotmesh" configured
deployment "dotmesh-operator" configured
serviceaccount "dotmesh-provisioner" configured
clusterrole "dotmesh-provisioner-runner" configured
clusterrolebinding "dotmesh-provisioner" configured
deployment "dotmesh-dynamic-provisioner" configured
storageclass "dotmesh" configured

NOTE - This will create a service of type Loadbalancer that will expose port port 32607 on the Internet. The need for a firewall rule will be replaced with an ingress rule in an upcoming release.

Let’s check to see that we have our dotmesh server pods running on our Kubernetes cluster. They might take a few moments to get going - wait for the pods to start before proceeding.

kubectl get po -n dotmesh
NAME                                          READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
dotmesh-dynamic-provisioner-5599bfc5f-f5v8z   1/1       Running   0          9m
dotmesh-etcd-cluster-0000                     1/1       Running   0          10m
dotmesh-etcd-cluster-0001                     1/1       Running   0          10m
dotmesh-etcd-cluster-0002                     1/1       Running   0          10m
dotmesh-operator-7ff894567-mx75b              1/1       Running   0          1h
server-node1                                  1/1       Running   0          9m
server-node2                                  1/1       Running   0          9m
server-node3                                  1/1       Running   0          9m
etcd-operator-56b49b7ffd-rh5ql                1/1       Running   0          10m

Customising the installation

If you want a non-default installation - for instance, only running Dotmesh on those of your nodes that have capacious fast disks, as those are the only ones where stateful containers will reside - the YAML we supply is easy to customise. Check out the Kubernetes YAML reference guide for the full run-down!

Using the dm client to control Dotmesh

In order to manage branches and commits, push and pull dots, and so on, you’ll need to connect the dm client to your Kubernetes-hosted Dotmesh cluster. To do that, you’ll need the API key you chose in the setup phase, and the hostname of a node in the cluster:

export SERVICE_IP=$(kubectl get svc dotmesh --namespace dotmesh --template "{{ range (index .status.loadBalancer.ingress 0) }}{{.}}{{ end }}")
dm remote add aks admin@$SERVICE_IP
API key: Paste your API key here, it won't be echoed!

Remote added.

The aks part is just a name for this cluster that you’ll use in subsequent dm remote commands, so pick something that describes it.

You can then switch to that remote, and use it:

dm remote switch aks
dm list

What’s next?