When you deploy your AKS cluster, by default, all pods have the same priority, 0, except for default pods that are created during the AKS creation:

Priority, 0, except for default pods

It means that when you do your CA rotation, or you have a crash, pods will restart randomly 😊 first arrive, first serve…

With Pod Priority, you can classify your pods, to give a start priority.

By default, you have 2 class created:

2 class created

Bigger is the value, higher will be the priority.

Let’s start by adding 3 new priorities. Use the following yaml file to create them:

Apply this yaml file. We have now 3 new priorities, that we can use:

Apply yaml file

Now, let’s apply these priorities to pods:


As you can see, I deployed a lot of pods, with priority, by using in my deployment file the priorityClassName parameter.

Because I can have a maximum of 30 pods per node, I scale down my cluster from 2 nodes to one. I can see that dev pods and pods without priority are not running:

Pods without priority are not running

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If I check logs of pods, I can see

Check the logs of pods

As you can see, it works fine. Don’t forget to apply this great feature in your AKS environment.

You can also test this feature, by following this article: Kubernetes Operations: Prioritize Workload in Overcommitted Clusters (microsoft.com)

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Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire is Microsoft Engineer with 5 years of experience, specialized in Cloud Technologies (Public/Hybrid/Private). He is a freelance consultant in Belgium from the beginning of 2017. He is MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management. He is MCSE Private Cloud and Hyper-V certified. His favorite products are SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Azure pack/Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure.