Friday, February 7, 2020

Enterprise PKS Management Console installed, What now ?

I’ve been working on a VMware Enterprise PKS proof of concept for a customer and instead of installing all the components, ops manager, ops director, tiles, individually I decided to use the Enterprise PKS Management Console.
If you have not heard about it yet, it’s a single OVA that provides a unified installation in an automated way, which simplifies and expedite a lot the process of making PKS available.

But this post is more related to day 2, once everything is installed what now ?!?!?

In the past I wrote some posts about how to manage the solution and the need to install some tools like Bosh CLI, UaaC CLI e PKS CLI.

While those tools still exist and are needed, I found the use of Enterprise PKS Management Console a lot more simple, Bosh CLI and PKS CLI are already installed on the appliance, so, just SSH into it to create and manage the clusters immediately.

If you remember, in order to create a cluster you need a user with such permission and UaaC client was not installed on the appliance, that’s because the identity management has been integrated on the PKS Management Console.

To create and manage users, just select Identity Manager on the left pane.

Not only local users are allowed but also based on AD/LDAP and SAML providers, it will depend the option you select during the setup.

Always good to remember the roles and scope available within the solution.

- pks.clusters.admin: allow the user to create and manage all clusters within
the system;
- it’s a read only role for all clusters created on the solution;
- pks.clusters.manage: allow the user to create and manage only the cluster’s they own;

How about you, already using PKS Management Console, let me know what you think about it ?

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