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Enable Azure Arc for AKS

  • November 25, 2021
  • 4 min read
Cloud and Virtualization Architect. Florent is specializing in public, hybrid, and private cloud technologies. He is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and an MCSE in Private Cloud.
Cloud and Virtualization Architect. Florent is specializing in public, hybrid, and private cloud technologies. He is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and an MCSE in Private Cloud.


Microsoft released few months ago the possibility to have your Kubernetes cluster in Azure Arc. Now that we have the GitOps integration in Azure Arc (will be the topic of another blog post), we will integrate our AKS cluster in Azure Arc.

Quickstart: Connect an existing Kubernetes cluster to Azure Arc – Azure Arc | Microsoft Docs

Before starting, be sure to have access to the following tools:

– Azure CLI

– Connectedk8s extension

– Helm

– An AKS cluster

– Admin access to the AKS cluster

Search Azure Arc in the Azure Portal and choose to add a Kubernetes cluster:

Search Azure Arc

Give a name, where your AKS cluster will be linked (name of the AKS cluster could be an option) and choose where to create the Azure Arc resource:

Create the Azure Arc resource

In the step 4, you have a script to execute, generated by Microsoft. This script is a bit too light. Let me explain steps that I used to have it working:

A script to execute, generated by Microsoft

The step 4

Integration works well:

Integration works well

You can check if pods have been deployed correctly:

Check if pods have been deployed correctly

You can validate the step 5 in the Azure Portal. You have now access to your AKS cluster, in Azure Arc:

Access to your AKS cluster

From here, you will be able to:

– Deploy apps from GitOps (another article)

– Install extensions

– Deploy policies

– View and monitor your cluster

This feature is under development, like extension deployment, but it will evolve for sure in few months. Don’t forget to read the article about the integration with GitOps, to automate deployment of your apps, in your AKS cluster.

 

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