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Kubernetes Short Notes (2)

  • Ops


Manual Scheduling

  • Bind the pod to node by nodeName property, before that, the pod stays in the Pending state

  • Manutal ways to bind:

    • specify the spec.nodeName, not updatable

    • create the Binding object


Use to group and select the objects, for example a ReplicaSet object configs:

  • metadata.labels sets the ReplicaSet itself
  • spec.template.metadata.lables sets the Pod
  • spec.selector.matchLabels defines how ReplicaSet to discover the Pod


Use to record other details for intergration purpose e.g. build info, contact details



Limit pods without tolerations cannot get scheduled to a tainted node

  • Taint the nodes

  • Set the pods’ tolerance, three behavior are avaliable if not tolerant:

    • NoSchedule
    • PreferNoSchedule: not guaranteed
    • NoExecute: new pods=NoSchedule, existed pods=evicted

Note the value in tolerations keys must use double quotes

Node Selector

Limit the pod to get scheduled to one kind of node only

  • Lable the node
  • Set the nodeSelector

Note there is no OR or NOT conditions, use node affinity instead

Node Affinity

Limit the pod to get scheduled to one or more particular nodes

  • Lable the node
  • Set the nodeAffinity
  • operators: In, NotIn, Exists, DoesNotExist, Gt, Lt
  • 3 types

Combines the Taint/Toleration with NodeSelector or NodeAffinity to cover the scenarios



  • The scheduling base on the resource requests
  • By default, k8s assumes a pod requires 0.5 cpu and 256Mi memory


  • By default, k8s limit a pod to 1 cpu and 512Mi memory
  • When a pod try to exceed resources beyond the limit
    • cpu: k8s throttles the cpu won’t kill
    • memory: k8s kill the pod with OOM

Static Pods

Use in creating control plane components (kube admin tools)

Without the intervention from the kube-api server, the kubelet can manage a node independently by monitor config files in the file system, and be able to create, recreate, update and delete the POD only object

  • –pod-manifest-path=/etc/Kubernetes/manifest
  • –config=kubeconfig.yaml (staticPodPath)

While the static pod created, the kube-api only get a readable mirror and not have the ability to update/delete it

Multiple Scheduler

  • copy the kube-scheduler configs from /etc/kubernetes/manifests
  • rename the scheduler --scheduler-name
  • if one master nodes with multiple scheduler:
    • set the --leader-elect=false
  • if multiple masters with multiple scheduler, only one scheduler can active at a time
    • set the --leader-elect=true
    • set the --lock-object-name to differentiate the custom scheduler from default if multiple master
  • specify the scheduler for pod by schedulerName

Logging & Monitoring

Kubernetes does not come with a full featured built-in monitoring solution, there’re open-source solutions:

  • Metrics-Server(Heapster): in-memory
  • Prometheus
  • Elastic Stack
  • Datadog
  • Dynatrace

the kubelet contains a subcomponent cAdvisor (Container Advisor), which is responsible for retrieving performance metrics from pods

Application Lifecycle

Rollout & Versioning


  • Recreate: scale down to zero then scale up
  • RollingUpdate: default, scale down one pod at a time then scale up

Configure Application

Command and Argument

  • use ENTRYPINT in the dockerfile as a CMD instruction specified, should be a default excutable program
  • use CMD in the dockerfile as the default parameter pass to the command , come after ENTRYPOINT

Environment Variable

  • use plain value
  • use value from ConfigMap
  • use value from Secret


  • encode in base64 format, not encrypted, not safe in the sence
  • only sent to a node if a pod on that node requires the secret
  • kubelet sotres secret into a tmpfs, not written to disk
  • will be deleted with pod
  • imporve security
    1. know the risks
    2. enable encryption at rest
    3. use Helm-Secrets or HashiCorp-Vault
    4. use kms provider for better security

Multi-container PODs Design Patterns

  • Sidecar
  • Adapter
  • Ambassador


Run processes that runs to completion in a container, the processes defined in initContainers must run to completion before the real container hosting the application starts, the use cases are:

  • pulls a code or binary from a repository
  • waits for an external service or database to be up

Self Healing

  • Liveness Probes
  • Readiness Probes


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