Create a CentOS 8 or Rocky Linux 8 kubernetes cluster with kubeadm

This post will be similar as “Create a Debian 11 kubernetes cluster with kubeadm” and of course for CentOS 8 or Rocky Linux 8.
The cluster will be composed of three machines, one control plane and two workers.
I used KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) running Centos 8 (tested also on Rocky Linux 8) and installed a minimal system with SSH.
Note : this tutorial is made for learning, doesn’t cover any security or best practices in order to keep it simple we will disable firewalld and SELinux.

Test environment:



The following setup has to be done on all three machines to be more efficient you can use a terminal multiplexer like tmux.

Edit hosts file with your favorite editor and add the following lines with your right IP addresses.

sudo vim /etc/hosts c2-control-plane c2-worker-1 c2-worker-2

Disable firewalld, SELinux and swap

sudo systemctl disable firewalld
sudo sed -i 's/SELINUX=enforcing/SELINUX=disabled/g' /etc/selinux/config
sudo sed -i '/swap/d' /etc/fstab

Load required modules and set kernel settings.
overlay it’s needed for overlayfs,
br_netfilter for iptables to correctly see bridged traffic,

sudo cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/modules-load.d/containerd.conf

sudo cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/sysctl.d/99-kubernetes-cri.conf
net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1
net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables = 1
net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables = 1

Apply settings, you can also skip this by rebooting the machines.

sudo systemctl stop firewalld
sudo setenforce Permissive
sudo modprobe overlay
sudo modprobe br_netfilter
sudo sysctl --system
sudo swapoff -a

Install requirements

sudo yum install iproute-tc chrony -y

Install containerd

sudo yum install yum-utils -y
sudo yum-config-manager --add-repo
sudo yum update -y
sudo yum install -y

Configure containerd

sudo mkdir -p /etc/containerd
sudo containerd config default | sudo tee /etc/containerd/config.toml

Edit containerd configuration

sudo vim /etc/containerd/config.toml
            SystemdCgroup = true


  SystemdCgroup = true

Enable and start containerd and check the status

sudo systemctl enable containerd
sudo systemctl start containerd
sudo systemctl status containerd

Install kubelet, kubeadm and kubectl

Add repository

sudo cat << EOF > /etc/yum.repos.d/kubernetes.repo

Update repository

sudo yum update -y

Install in my case I have installed version 1.21.0-0

sudo yum install kubelet-1.21.0-0 kubeadm-1.21.0-0 kubectl-1.21.0-0 -y

Enable and start kubelet

sudo systemctl enable kubelet.service
sudo systemctl start kubelet.service

Lock versions in order to avoid unwanted updated via yum update

sudo yum install yum-plugin-versionlock -y
sudo yum versionlock kubelet kubeadm kubectl

The following setup have to be done on the Control Plane node only

Create cluster configuration

sudo kubeadm config print init-defaults | tee ClusterConfiguration.yaml

Modify ClusterConfiguration.yaml, replace with your Control Plane's IP address

sudo sed -i '/name/d' ClusterConfiguration.yaml
sudo sed -i 's/ advertiseAddress: advertiseAddress:' ClusterConfiguration.yaml
sudo sed -i 's/ criSocket: \/var\/run\/dockershim\.sock/ criSocket: \/run\/containerd\/containerd\.sock/' ClusterConfiguration.yaml
sudo cat << EOF | cat >> ClusterConfiguration.yaml
kind: KubeletConfiguration
cgroupDriver: systemd

Create kubernetes cluster

sudo kubeadm init --config=ClusterConfiguration.yaml --cri-socket /run/containerd/containerd.sock

Move kube configuration

mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

From the control plane node you can now check you kubernetes cluster, c2-control-plane is in not NotReady mode because we didn't set up the networking yet.

kubectl get nodes
NAME               STATUS     ROLES                  AGE     VERSION
c2-control-plane   NotReady   control-plane,master   3m49s   v1.21.0

Setup networking with calico

kubectl apply -f

The following setup have to be done on the Worker nodes only

Join the other nodes to our cluster, the command must be run on the worker nodes only.
At the end of the "kubeadmin init ..." command you were prompted for a join command, it should look like:

sudo kubeadm join --token abcdef.0123456789abcdef --discovery-token-ca-cert-hash sha256:e60463ed4aa5d49f0f41460c6904f992f0e53f1921f81dc88a80131a9be273c0

If you missed it, you can still generate a token and generate the command with:

kubeadm token create --print-join-command

We are ready, the setup can be validate with kubectl, all nodes are in ready state and kube-system pods are running.

kubectl get nodes
NAME               STATUS   ROLES                  AGE     VERSION
root@c2-control-plane ~]# kubectl get nodes
NAME               STATUS   ROLES                  AGE   VERSION
c2-control-plane   Ready    control-plane,master   54m   v1.21.0
c2-worker-1        Ready                     90s   v1.21.0
c2-worker-2        Ready                     86s   v1.21.0
kubectl get pods -A
NAMESPACE     NAME                                       READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
kube-system   calico-kube-controllers-74b8fbdb46-fwx7g   1/1     Running   0          2m42s
kube-system   calico-node-5p22k                          1/1     Running   0          2m42s
kube-system   calico-node-h47c9                          1/1     Running   0          2m
kube-system   calico-node-nl4gd                          1/1     Running   0          2m4s
kube-system   coredns-558bd4d5db-f2j45                   1/1     Running   0          55m
kube-system   coredns-558bd4d5db-qcvhg                   1/1     Running   0          55m
kube-system   etcd-c2-control-plane                      1/1     Running   0          55m
kube-system   kube-apiserver-c2-control-plane            1/1     Running   0          55m
kube-system   kube-controller-manager-c2-control-plane   1/1     Running   0          55m
kube-system   kube-proxy-5988n                           1/1     Running   0          55m
kube-system   kube-proxy-6q2br                           1/1     Running   0          2m
kube-system   kube-proxy-jqdbh                           1/1     Running   0          2m4s
kube-system   kube-scheduler-c2-control-plane            1/1     Running   0          55m

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