Top 5 Most Exciting Dockercon EU 2018 Announcements

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Last week I attended Dockercon 2018 EU which took place at Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain. With over 3000+ attendees from around the globe, 52 breakout sessions, 11 Community Theatres, 12 workshops, over 100+ total sessions, exciting Hallway Tracks & Hands-on Labs/Trainings, paid trainings, women’s networking event, DockerPals and so on..Dockercon allowed developers, sysadmins, Product Managers & industry evangelists come closer to share their wealth of experience around the container technology. This time I was lucky enough to get chance to Emcee for Docker for Developer Track  for the first time. Not only this, I conducted Hallway Track for OpenUSM project & DockerLabs community contribution effort. Around 20-30 participants  showed up their interest to learn more around this system management, monitoring & Log Analytics tool.

This Dockercon we had Docker Captains Summit for the first time where the entire day was  dedicated to Captains. On Dec #3 ( 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM), we got chance to interact with Docker Staffs, where we put all our queries around Docker Future roadmap. It was amazing to meet all young Captains who joined us this year as well as getting familiar to what they have been contributing to during the initial introductory rounds.

This Dockercon, there has been couple of exciting announcements. 3 of the new features were targeted at Docker Community Edition, while the two were for Docker Enterprise customers. Here’s a rundown of what I think are the most 5 exciting announcements made last week –

#1. Announcement of Cloud Native Application Bundles(CNAB)

Microsoft and Docker have captured a great piece of attention with announcement around CNAB – Cloud Native Application Bundles.

What is CNAB? 

Cloud Native Application Bundles (CNAB) are a standard packaging format for multi-component distributed applications. It allows packages to target different runtimes and architectures. It empowers application distributors to package applications for deployment on a wide variety of cloud platforms, cloud providers, and cloud services. It also provides the capabilities necessary for delivering multi-container applications in disconnected environments.

Is it platform-specific tool?

CNAB is not a platform-specific tool. While it uses containers for encapsulating installation logic, it remains un-opinionated about what cloud environment it runs in. CNAB developers can bundle applications targeting environments spanning IaaS (like OpenStack or Azure), container orchestrators (like Kubernetes or Nomad), container runtimes (like local Docker or ACI), and cloud platform services (like object storage or Database as a Service). CNAB can also be used for packaging other distributed applications, such as IoT or edge computing. In nutshell, CNAB are a package format specification that describes a technology for bundling, installing, and managing distributed applications, that are by design, cloud agnostic.

Why do we need CNAB?

The current distributed computing landscape involves a combination of executable units and supporting API-based services. Executable units include Virtual Machines (VMs), Containers (e.g. Docker and OCI) and Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS), as well as higher-level PaaS services. Along with these executable units, many managed cloud services (from load balancers to databases) are provisioned and interconnected via REST (and similar network-accessible) APIs. The overall goal of CNAB is to provide a packaging format that can enable application providers and developers with a way of installing a multi-component application into a distributed computing environment, supporting all of the above types.

Is it open source? Tell me more about CNAB format?

It is an open source, cloud-agnostic specification for packaging and running distributed applications. It is a nascent specification that offers a way to repackage distributed computing apps

The CNAB format is a packaging format for a broad range of distributed applications. It specifies a pairing of a bundle definition(bundle.json) to define the app, and an invocation image to install the app.

The bundle definition is a single file that contains the following information:

  • Information about the bundle, such as name, bundle version, description, and keywords
  • Information about locating and running the invocation image (the installer program)
  • A list of user-overridable parameters that this package recognizes
  • The list of executable images that this bundle will install
  • A list of credential paths or environment variables that this bundle requires to execute

What’s Docker future plan to do with CNAB?

This project was incubated by Microsoft and Docker 1 year back. The first implementation of the spec is an experimental utility called Docker App, which Docker officially rolled out this Dockercon and expected to be integrated with Docker Enterprise in near future.  Microsoft and Docker plan to donate CNAB to an open source foundation publicly which is expected to happen early next year.

If you have no patience, head over Docker App CNAB examples recently posted by Gareth Rushgrove, Docker Employee, which is accessible via

The examples in this repository show some basic examples of using docker-app, in particular showing some of the CNAB integration details. Check it out –

 #2. Support for using Docker Compose on Kubernetes.

On the 2nd day of Dockercon, Docker Inc. open sourced Compose on Kubernetes project. Docker Enterprise Edition already had this capability enabled starting Compose File version 3.3 where one can use the same docker-compose.yml file for Swarm deployment as well as one can specify Kubernetes workloads whenever stack is deployed. 

What benefit does this bring to Community Developers?

By making it open source, Docker, Inc has really paved a way of infinite possibilities around simplified way of deploying Kubernetes application. Docker Swarm gained popularity because of its simplified approach of application deployment using docker-compose.yml file. Now the community developers can use the same YAML file to deploy their K8s application. 

Imagine, you are using Docker Desktop on your Macbook. Docker Desktop provides capability of running both Swarm & Kubernetes. You have context set to GKE cluster which is running on Google Cloud Platform. You just deployed your app using docker-compose.yml on your local Macbook. Now you want to deploy it in the same way but this time on your GKE cluster.  Just use docker stack deploy command to deploy it to GKE cluster. Interesting, Isn’t it?

How does Compose on Kubernetes architecture look like?

Compose on Kubernetes is made up of server-side and client-side components. This architecture was chosen so that the entire life cycle of a stack can be managed. The following image is a high-level diagram of the architecture:

Compose on Kubernetes architecture

If you’re interested to learn further, I would suggest you to visit this link.

How can I test it now?

First we need to install the Compose on Kubernetes controller into your Kubernetes cluster(which could be GKE/AKS). You can download the latest binary(as of 12/13/2018) via .

This controller uses the standard Kubernetes extension points to introduce the `Stack` to the Kubernetes API. You can use any Kubernetes cluster you like, but if you don’t already have one available then remember that Docker Desktop comes with Kubernetes and the Compose controller built-in, and enabling it is as simple as ticking a box in the settings

Check out the latest doc which shows how to make it work with AKS here.

#3. Introducing Docker Desktop Enterprise

The 3rd Big announcement was an introduction to Docker Desktop Enterprise. With this, Docker Inc. made a new addition to their desktop product portfolio which currently includes the free Docker Desktop Community products for MacOS and Windows. Docker Desktop is the simplest way to get started with container-based development on both Windows 10 and macOS with a set of features now available for the enterprise.

Desktop Comparison Table

How will Docker Desktop Enterprise be different from Docker Desktop Community Edition?

Good question. Docker Desktop has Docker Engine and Kubernetes built-in and with the addition of swappable version packs you can now synchronize your desktop development environment with the same Docker API and Kubernetes versions that are used in production with Docker Enterprise. You get the assurance that your application will not break due to incompatible API calls, and if you have multiple downstream environments running different versions of the APIs, you can quickly change your desktop configuration with the click of a button.

Not only this, with Docker Desktop Enterprise, you get access to the Application Designer which is a new workflow that provides production-ready application and service templates that let you get coding quickly, with the reassurance that your application meets architectural standards

source ~ Docker, Inc

For those who are interested in Docker Desktop Enterprise – Please note that it is expected to be available for preview in January & General Availability is slated to happen during 1H 2019.

#4. From Zero to Docker in Seconds with “docker assemble” CLI

This time, Docker Team announced a very interesting docker subcommand rightly named as “assemble” to the public. Ann Rahma and Gareth Rushgrove from Docker, Inc. announced assemble, a new command that generates optimized images from non dockerized apps. It will get you from source to an optimized Docker images in seconds.

Here are few of interesting facts around docker assemble utility:

  • Docker assemble has capability to build an image without a Dockerfile, all about auto detecting the code framework.
  • It generates docker images (and lot more) from your code with single command and zero effort! which mean no more dockerfile needed for your app till you have a config (.pom file there). 
  • It can analyze your applications, dependencies, and caches, and give you a sweet Docker image without having to author your own Dockerfiles.
  • It is built on top of buildKit, will auto detect framework, versions etc. from a config file (.pom file) and automatically add dependencies to the image label, optimize image size and push.
  • Docker Assemble can also figure out what ports need to be published and what healthchecks are relevant.
  • The dockerassemble builds app without configuration files, without Dockerfile, just a git repository to deploy

Is it an open source project?

It’s an enterprise feature for now — not in the community version. It is available for a couple languages and frameworks (like Java as demonstrated on Dockercon stage). 

How is it different from buildpack?

By reading all through its feature, Docker assemble might look very similar to buildpacks  as it overlap with some of the stuff docker-assemble does. But the huge benefit with assemble is that it’s more than just an image (also ports, healthchecks, volume mounts, etc), and it’s integrated into the enterprise toolchain. The docker-assemble is sort of an enterprise-grade buildpack to help with digitalization.

Keep eye on my next blog post to get more detail around the fancy docker assemblecommand.

#5. Docker-app & CNAB together for the first time

On the 2nd day of Dockercon, Docker confirmed that they are the first to implement CNAB for containerized applications and will be expanding it across the Docker platform to support new application development, deployment and lifecycle management. Initially CNAB support will be released as part of our docker-app experimental tool for building, packaging and managing cloud-native applications. With this, Docker now lets you package CNAB bundles as Docker images, so you can distribute and share through Docker registry tools including Docker Hub and Docker Trusted Registry. Additionally, Docker will enable organizations to deploy and manage CNAB-based applications in Docker Enterprise in the upcoming months.

Can I test the preview binaries of docker-app which comes with CNAB support?

Yes, you can find some preview binaries of docker-app with CNAB support here.The latest release of Docker App is one such tool that implements the current CNAB spec. Tt can be used to both build CNAB bundles for Compose (which can then be used with any other CNAB client), and also to install, upgrade and uninstall any other CNAB bundle.

In case you have no patience, head over to this recently added example of how to deploy a Helm chart

You can visit for accessing preview build.

I hope you found this blog helpful. In my next blog series, I will deep-dive around each of these announcements in terms of implementation and enablements.

Kubernetes Hands-on Lab #4 – Deploy Prometheus Stack using Helm on Play with Kubernetes Platform

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Let’s talk about Kubernetes Deployment Challenges…

As monolithic systems become too large to deal with, many enterprises are drawn to breaking them down into the microservices architecture.Whenever we move from monolithic to microservice architecture, application consists of multiple components in terms of services talking to each other. Each components has its own resources and can be scaled individually. If we talk about Kubernetes, it can become very complex with all the objects you need to handle ― such as ConfigMaps, services, pods, Persistent Volumes ― in addition to the number of releases you need to manage. The below list of challenges might occur :


1. Manage, Edit and Update multiple k8s configuration
2. Deploy Multiple K8s configuration as a SINGLE application
3. Share and reuse K8s configurations and applications
4. Parameterize and support multiple environments
5. Manage application releases: rollout, rollback, diff, history
6. Define deployment lifecycle(control operations to be run in different phases
7. Validate release state after deployment
These can be managed with Kubernetes Helm, which offers a simple way to package everything into one simple application and advertises what you can configure.

Helm is a Deployment Management(and NOT JUST PACKAGE MANAGER) for Kubernetes. It does a heavy lifting of repeatable deployment, management of dependencies(reuse and share), management of multiple configurations, update, rollback and test application deployments(Releases).

Under this blog post, we will test drive Helm on top of Play with Kubernetes Platform. Let’s get started.

Open to access Kubernetes Playground.

Click on the Login button to authenticate with Docker Hub or GitHub ID.


Once you start the session, you will have your own lab environment.

Adding First Kubernetes Node

Click on “Add New Instance” on the left to build your first Kubernetes Cluster node. It automatically names it as “node1”. Each instance has Docker Community Edition (CE) and Kubeadm already pre-installed. This node will be treated as the master node for our cluster.

Bootstrapping the Master Node


You can bootstrap the Kubernetes cluster by initializing the master (node1) node with the below script. Copy this script content into file and make it executable using “chmod +x” command.

When you execute this script, as part of initialization, the kubeadm write several configuration files needed, setup RBAC and deployed Kubernetes control plane components (like kube-apiserver, kube-dns, kube-proxy, etcd, etc.). Control plane components are deployed as Docker containers.

Copy the above kubeadm join token command and save it for the next step. This command will be used to join other nodes to your cluster.

Adding Worker Nodes

Click on “Add New Node” to add a new worker node.

Checking the Cluster Status

[node1 ~]$ kubectl get nodes
node1     Ready      master    18m       v1.11.3
node2     Ready      <none>    4m        v1.11.3
node3     Ready      <none>    39s       v1.11.3
node4     NotReady   <none>    22s       v1.11.3
node5     NotReady   <none>    4s        v1.11.3
[node1 ~]$
[node1 ]$ kubectl get po
No resources found.
[node1 ]$ kubectl get svc
kubernetes   ClusterIP    <none>        443/TCP   1h


Verifying the running Pods


[node1 ~]$ kubectl get nodes -o json |
>       jq ".items[] | {} + .status.capacity"

  "name": "node1",
  "cpu": "8",
  "ephemeral-storage": "10Gi",
  "hugepages-1Gi": "0",
  "hugepages-2Mi": "0",
  "memory": "32929612Ki",
  "pods": "110"
  "name": "node2",
  "cpu": "8",
  "ephemeral-storage": "10Gi",
  "hugepages-1Gi": "0",
  "hugepages-2Mi": "0",
  "memory": "32929612Ki",
  "pods": "110"
  "name": "node3",
  "cpu": "8",
  "ephemeral-storage": "10Gi",
  "hugepages-1Gi": "0",
  "hugepages-2Mi": "0",
  "memory": "32929612Ki",
  "pods": "110"
  "name": "node4",
  "cpu": "8",
  "ephemeral-storage": "10Gi",
  "hugepages-1Gi": "0",
  "hugepages-2Mi": "0",
  "memory": "32929612Ki",
  "pods": "110"
  "name": "node5",
  "cpu": "8",
  "ephemeral-storage": "10Gi",
  "hugepages-1Gi": "0",
  "hugepages-2Mi": "0",
  "memory": "32929612Ki",
  "pods": "110"

Installing OpenSSL

[node1 ~]$ yum install -y openssl

Installing Helm

$ curl >
$ chmod 700
$ ./
[node1 ~]$ sh
Preparing to install helm and tiller into /usr/local/bin
helm installed into /usr/local/bin/helm
tiller installed into /usr/local/bin/tiller line 177: which: command not found
Run 'helm init' to configure helm.
[node1 ~]$ helm init
Creating /root/.helm
Creating /root/.helm/repository
Creating /root/.helm/repository/cache
Creating /root/.helm/repository/local
Creating /root/.helm/plugins
Creating /root/.helm/starters
Creating /root/.helm/cache/archive
Creating /root/.helm/repository/repositories.yaml
Adding stable repo with URL:
Adding local repo with URL:
$HELM_HOME has been configured at /root/.helm.

Tiller (the Helm server-side component) has been installed into your Kubernetes Cluster.

Please note: by default, Tiller is deployed with an insecure 'allow unauthenticated users' policy.
To prevent this, run `helm init` with the --tiller-tls-verify flag.
For more information on securing your installation see:
Happy Helming

Installing Prometheus 

Let us try to install Prometheus Stack on top of 5-Node K8s cluster using Helm.

First one can search for application stack using helm search <packagename> option.

[node1 ~]$ helm search prometheus
NAME                                    CHART VERSION   APP VERSION     DESCRIPTION
stable/prometheus                       7.3.4           2.4.3           Prometheus is a monitoring system and time series database.
stable/prometheus-adapter               v0.2.0          v0.2.1          A Helm chart for k8s prometheus adapter
stable/prometheus-blackbox-exporter     0.1.3           0.12.0          Prometheus Blackbox Exporter
stable/prometheus-cloudwatch-exporter   0.2.1           0.5.0           A Helm chart for prometheus cloudwatch-exporter
stable/prometheus-couchdb-exporter      0.1.0           1.0             A Helm chart to export the metrics from couchdb in Promet...
stable/prometheus-mysql-exporter        0.2.1           v0.11.0         A Helm chart for prometheus mysql exporter with cloudsqlp...
stable/prometheus-node-exporter         0.5.0           0.16.0          A Helm chart for prometheus node-exporter
stable/prometheus-operator              0.1.7           0.24.0          Provides easy monitoring definitions for Kubernetes servi...
stable/prometheus-postgres-exporter     0.5.0           0.4.6           A Helm chart for prometheus postgres-exporter
stable/prometheus-pushgateway           0.1.3           0.6.0           A Helm chart for prometheus pushgateway
stable/prometheus-rabbitmq-exporter     0.1.4           v0.28.0         Rabbitmq metrics exporter for prometheus
stable/prometheus-redis-exporter        0.3.2           0.21.1          Prometheus exporter for Redis metrics
stable/prometheus-to-sd                 0.1.1           0.2.2           Scrape metrics stored in prometheus format and push them ...
stable/elasticsearch-exporter           0.4.0           1.0.2           Elasticsearch stats exporter for Prometheus
stable/karma                            1.1.2           v0.14           A Helm chart for Karma - an UI for Prometheus Alertmanager
stable/stackdriver-exporter             0.0.4           0.5.1           Stackdriver exporter for Prometheus
stable/weave-cloud                      0.3.0           1.1.0           Weave Cloud is a add-on to Kubernetes which provides Cont...
stable/kube-state-metrics               0.9.0           1.4.0           Install kube-state-metrics to generate and expose cluster...
stable/mariadb                          5.2.2           10.1.36         Fast, reliable, scalable, and easy to use open-source rel...
[node1 ~]$

Update the Repo

[node1 ~]$ helm repo update
Hang tight while we grab the latest from your chart repositories...
...Skip local chart repository
...Successfully got an update from the "stable" chart repository
Update Complete. ⎈ Happy Helming!⎈

Installing Prometheus

$helm install stable/prometheus

Error: namespaces “default” is forbidden: User “system:serviceaccount:kube-system:default” cannot get namespaces in the namespace “default”

How to fix?

To fix this issue, you need to follow below steps:

kubectl --namespace kube-system create serviceaccount tiller
kubectl create clusterrolebinding tiller --clusterrole cluster-admin --serviceaccount=kube-system:tiller
helm init --service-account tiller --upgrade

Listing Helm

[node1 ~]$ helm list
NAME            REVISION        UPDATED                         STATUS          CHART                   APP VERSION     NAMESPACE
excited-elk     1               Sun Oct 28 10:00:02 2018        DEPLOYED        prometheus-7.3.4        2.4.3           default
[node1 ~]$ helm repo update
Hang tight while we grab the latest from your chart repositories...
...Skip local chart repository
...Successfully got an update from the "stable" chart repository
Update Complete. ⎈ Happy Helming!⎈
[node1 ~]$ helm install stable/prometheus
NAME:   excited-elk
LAST DEPLOYED: Sun Oct 28 10:00:02 2018
NAMESPACE: default

==> v1beta1/DaemonSet
NAME                                  AGE
excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter  1s

==> v1/Pod(related)

NAME                                                        READY  STATUS             RESTARTS  AGE
excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-7bjqc                  0/1    ContainerCreating  0         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-gbcd7                  0/1    ContainerCreating  0         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-tk56q                  0/1    ContainerCreating  0         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-tkk9b                  0/1    ContainerCreating  0         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager-68f4f57c97-wrfjz        0/2    Pending            0         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics-858d44dfdc-vt4wj  0/1    ContainerCreating  0         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway-58bfd54d6d-m4n69         0/1    ContainerCreating  0         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server-5958586794-b97xn              0/2    Pending            0         1s

==> v1/ConfigMap

NAME                                 AGE
excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager  1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server        1s

==> v1/ServiceAccount
excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager        1s
excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics  1s
excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter       1s
excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server              1s

==> v1beta1/ClusterRole
excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics  1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server              1s

==> v1beta1/Deployment
excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager        1s
excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics  1s
excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server              1s

==> v1/PersistentVolumeClaim
excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager  1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server        1s

==> v1beta1/ClusterRoleBinding
excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics  1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server              1s

==> v1/Service
excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager        1s
excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics  1s
excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter       1s
excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway         1s
excited-elk-prometheus-server              1s

The Prometheus server can be accessed via port 80 on the following DNS name from within your cluster:

Get the Prometheus server URL by running these commands in the same shell:
  export POD_NAME=$(kubectl get pods --namespace default -l "app=prometheus,component=server" -o jsonpath="{.items[0]}")
  kubectl --namespace default port-forward $POD_NAME 9090

The Prometheus alertmanager can be accessed via port 80 on the following DNS name from within your cluster:

Get the Alertmanager URL by running these commands in the same shell:
  export POD_NAME=$(kubectl get pods --namespace default -l "app=prometheus,component=alertmanager" -o jsonpath="{.items[0]}")
  kubectl --namespace default port-forward $POD_NAME 9093

The Prometheus PushGateway can be accessed via port 9091 on the following DNS name from within your cluster:

Get the PushGateway URL by running these commands in the same shell:
  export POD_NAME=$(kubectl get pods --namespace default -l "app=prometheus,component=pushgateway" -o jsonpath="{.items[0]}")
  kubectl --namespace default port-forward $POD_NAME 9091

For more information on running Prometheus, visit:
[node1 ~]$ kubectl get all
NAME                                                             READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager-68f4f57c97-wrfjz         0/2       Pending   0          3m
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics-858d44dfdc-vt4wj   1/1       Running   0          3m
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-7bjqc                   1/1       Running   0          3m
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-gbcd7                   1/1       Running   0          3m
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-tk56q                   1/1       Running   0          3m
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter-tkk9b                   1/1       Running   0          3m
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway-58bfd54d6d-m4n69          1/1       Running   0          3m
pod/excited-elk-prometheus-server-5958586794-b97xn               0/2       Pending   0          3m

NAME                                                TYPE        CLUSTER-IP      EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)    AGE
service/excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager         ClusterIP   <none>        80/TCP     3m
service/excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics   ClusterIP   None            <none>        80/TCP     3m
service/excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter        ClusterIP   None            <none>        9100/TCP   3m
service/excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway          ClusterIP    <none>        9091/TCP   3m
service/excited-elk-prometheus-server               ClusterIP    <none>        80/TCP     3m
service/kubernetes                                  ClusterIP       <none>        443/TCP    37m

NAME                                                  DESIRED   CURRENT   READY     UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   NODE SELECTOR   AGE
daemonset.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-node-exporter   4         4         4         4            4           <none>          3m

NAME                                                        DESIRED   CURRENT   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
deployment.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager         1         1         1            0           3m
deployment.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics   1         1         1            1           3m
deployment.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway          1         1         1            1           3m
deployment.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-server               1         1         1            0           3m

NAME                                                                   DESIRED   CURRENT   READY     AGE
replicaset.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-alertmanager-68f4f57c97         1         1         0         3m
replicaset.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-kube-state-metrics-858d44dfdc   1         1         1         3m
replicaset.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-pushgateway-58bfd54d6d          1         1         1         3m
replicaset.apps/excited-elk-prometheus-server-5958586794               1         1         0         3m
[node1 ~]$

Wait for few minutes while you can access Prometheus UI using https://<external-ip>:9090 In the upcoming blog series, I will bring more interesting stuffs around Helm on PWD Playground.

Kubernetes Hands-on Lab #3 – Deploy Istio Mesh on K8s Cluster

Kubernetes Hands-on Lab #1 – Setting up 5-Node K8s Cluster

Building Helm Chart for Kubernetes Cluster running on Docker Enterprise 2.0 using Docker-app 0.6.0

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Docker-app allows you to share your applications on Docker Hub directly. This tool not only makes Compose file shareable but provide us with simplified approach to share multi-service application (not just Docker Image) directly on Dockerhub.


Docker-app 0.6.0 got released 2 week back. Few of the notable features included under this release include –

  • Support for external files (extra configuration files): when pushing and pulling all files present in the application folder are included.
  • Render can now produce output in multiple formats (YAML or JSON).
  • split and merge now work properly when specifying an image as input and no output.
  • Command line accepts a trailing slash in the application path.

But one of the most important fix which arrived with this releases was related to Helm chart.  This release fixed multiple issues in Helm chart generation.

How I built Elastic Stack for Docker Swarm using Docker Application Packages(docker-app)

Under this blog post, I will showcase how docker-app can help you build Helm Chart for your 3-node Kubernetes Cluster running on Docker Enterprise 2.0.

Tested Infrastructure

Platform Google Cloud Platform
OS Instance Ubuntu 18.04
Machine Type n1-standard-4 (4 vCPUs, 15 GB memory)
No. of Nodes 3

I assume that you have 3 Ubuntu 18.04 instances having the above minimal configurations. Make sure all the hosts you want to manage with Docker EE have a minimum of:

  • Docker Enterprise Edition 17.06.2-ee-8. Values of n in the -ee- suffix must be 8 or higher
  • Linux kernel version 3.10 or higher
  • 4.00 GB of RAM
  • 3.00 GB of available disk space


Cloning the Repository

Login to the first Ubuntu 18.04 OS and run the below command to clone the repository.

git clone
cd docker101/docker-ee/ubuntu


Installing Docker EE

The best way to try Docker Enterprise Edition for yourself is to get the 30-day trial available at the Docker Store. Once you get your trial license, you can install Docker EE on your Linux servers.

As soon as you get 1 Month Trial Version of Docker EE, you will be provided with URL. Copy the section from URL starting from sub

Exporting URL

export eeid=sub-xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxx

Installing Docker EE

I have built a script for you to get Docker EE 2.0 up and running flawlessly. Just one command and Docker EE is all set.

sh provision_dockeree

Setting up UCP

Run the below command to initiate container which will setup UCP for you.

sudo sh provision_ucp
openusm@master01:~/test/docker101/docker-ee/ubuntu$ sudo sh provision_ucp
Unable to find image 'docker/ucp:3.0.5' locally
3.0.5: Pulling from docker/ucp
ff3a5c916c92: Pull complete 
a52011fa0ead: Pull complete 
87e35eb74a08: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:c8a609209183561de7779e5d32abc5fd9125944c67e8daf262dcbb9f2b1e44ff
Status: Downloaded newer image for docker/ucp:3.0.5
INFO[0000] Your engine version 17.06.2-ee-16, build 9ef4f0a (4.15.0-1021-gcp) is compatible with UCP 3.0.5 (f588f8a) 
Admin Username: collabnix
Admin Password: 
Confirm Admin Password: 
INFO[0043] Pulling required images... (this may take a while) 
INFO[0043] Pulling docker/ucp-auth:3.0.5                
INFO[0049] Pulling docker/ucp-hyperkube:3.0.5           
INFO[0064] Pulling docker/ucp-etcd:3.0.5                
INFO[0070] Pulling docker/ucp-interlock-proxy:3.0.5     
INFO[0086] Pulling docker/ucp-agent:3.0.5               
INFO[0092] Pulling docker/ucp-kube-compose:3.0.5        
INFO[0097] Pulling docker/ucp-dsinfo:3.0.5              
INFO[0104] Pulling docker/ucp-cfssl:3.0.5               
INFO[0107] Pulling docker/ucp-kube-dns-sidecar:3.0.5    
INFO[0112] Pulling docker/ucp-interlock:3.0.5           
INFO[0115] Pulling docker/ucp-kube-dns:3.0.5            
INFO[0120] Pulling docker/ucp-controller:3.0.5          
INFO[0128] Pulling docker/ucp-pause:3.0.5               
INFO[0132] Pulling docker/ucp-calico-kube-controllers:3.0.5 
INFO[0136] Pulling docker/ucp-auth-store:3.0.5          
INFO[0142] Pulling docker/ucp-calico-cni:3.0.5          
INFO[0149] Pulling docker/ucp-calico-node:3.0.5         
INFO[0158] Pulling docker/ucp-kube-dns-dnsmasq-nanny:3.0.5 
INFO[0163] Pulling docker/ucp-compose:3.0.5             
INFO[0167] Pulling docker/ucp-swarm:3.0.5               
INFO[0173] Pulling docker/ucp-metrics:3.0.5             
INFO[0179] Pulling docker/ucp-interlock-extension:3.0.5 
WARN[0183] None of the hostnames we'll be using in the UCP certificates [master01] contain a domain component.  Your generated certs may fail TLS validation unless you only use one of these shortnames or IPs to connect.  You can use the --san flag to add more aliases 

You may enter additional aliases (SANs) now or press enter to proceed with the above list.
Additional aliases: 
INFO[0000] Initializing a new swarm at 
Additional aliases: 
INFO[0000] Initializing a new swarm at       
INFO[0009] Installing UCP with host address - If this is incorrect, please specify an alternative address with the '--host-address' flag 
INFO[0009] Deploying UCP Service...                     
INFO[0068] Installation completed on master01 (node slsvy00m1khejbo5itmupk034) 
INFO[0068] UCP Instance ID: omz7lso0zpeyzk17gxubvz72r   
INFO[0068] UCP Server SSL: SHA-256 Fingerprint=24:9B:51:4E:E2:F1:CD:1B:DE:E0:86:0F:DC:E7:29:B5:1E:0E:6B:0C:BF:24:CC:27:85:91:35:A1:6A:39:37:C6 
INFO[0068] Login to UCP at       
INFO[0068] Username: collabnix                          
INFO[0068] Password: (your admin password) 

Logging in Docker EE

By now, you should be able to login to Docker EE Window using browser. Upload the license and you should be good to see the UCP console.

Installing Kubectl

Undoubtedly, kubectl has been favourite command for K8s users. It works great but it’s painful because you use it to manually run a command for each resource in your Kubernetes application. This is prone to error, because we might forget to deploy one resource, or introduce a typo when writing our kubectl commands. As we add more parts to our application, the probability of these problems occurring increases.

But still here’s a bonus – Execute the below script if you really want to use kubectl on Docker EE Platform.

sudo sh install_kubectl

Verify Kubectl Version

@master01:~$ kubectl version
Client Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"8", GitVersion:"v1.8.11", GitCommit:"1df6a8381669a6c753f79cb31ca2e3d57ee7c8a3", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2018-04-05T17:24:
03Z", GoVersion:"go1.8.3", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}
Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"8+", GitVersion:"v1.8.11-docker-8d637ae", GitCommit:"8d637aedf46b9c21dde723e29c645b9f27106fa5", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2
018-04-26T16:51:21Z", GoVersion:"go1.8.3", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}

Verifying Docker Version

Here you go.. Docker EE 2.0 is all set up with Swarm & Kubernetes running side by side.

 docker version
Client: Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 2.0
 Version:      17.06.2-ee-16
 API version:  1.30
 Go version:   go1.8.7
 Git commit:   9ef4f0a
 Built:        Thu Jul 26 16:41:28 2018
 OS/Arch:      linux/amd64
Server: Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 2.0
  Version:      17.06.2-ee-16
  API version:  1.30 (minimum version 1.12)
  Go version:   go1.8.7
  Git commit:   9ef4f0a
  Built:        Thu Jul 26 16:40:18 2018
  OS/Arch:      linux/amd64
  Experimental: false
 Universal Control Plane:
  Version:       3.0.5
  ApiVersion:                   1.30
  Arch:                         amd64
  BuildTime:                    Thu Aug 30 17:47:03 UTC 2018
  GitCommit:                    f588f8a
  GoVersion:                    go1.9.4
  MinApiVersion:                1.20
  Os:                           linux
  Version:      1.8+
  buildDate:                   2018-04-26T16:51:21Z
  compiler:                    gc
  gitCommit:                   8d637aedf46b9c21dde723e29c645b9f27106fa5
  gitTreeState:                clean
  gitVersion:                  v1.8.11-docker-8d637ae
  goVersion:                   go1.8.3
  major:                       1
  minor:                       8+
  platform:                    linux/amd64
  Version:          v3.0.8
  cni:                             v2.0.6
  kube-controllers:                v2.0.5
  node:                            v3.0.8

Verifying the Kubernetes Nodes

@master01:~/test/docker101/docker-ee/ubuntu$ kubectl get nodes
master01   Ready     master    20m       v1.8.11-docker-8d637ae

Adding Worker Nodes

To add worker nodes, go to Add Nodes section under Docker Enterprise UI and click on “Add a Node”. It will display a command which need to be executed on worker nodes. This should be good to build multi-node Docker EE Swarm & Kubernetes Cluster

m@master01:~$ sudo docker node ls
ID                            HOSTNAME            STATUS              AVAILABILITY        MANAGER STATUS
av668en5dinpin5jpi6ro0yfs     worker01            Ready               Active              
k4grcnyl6vbf0z17bh67cz9l5     worker02            Ready               Active              
slsvy00m1khejbo5itmupk034 *   master01            Ready               Active              Leader

@master01:~$ kubectl get nodes
master01   Ready      master    1h        v1.8.11-docker-8d637ae
worker01   NotReady   <none>    28s       v1.8.11-docker-8d637ae
worker02   Ready      <none>    3m        v1.8.11-docker-8d637ae

Downloading Client Bundle

In order to manage services using Docker CLI, one need to install client bundle and Docker Inc. provides an easy way to install it. I put it under the script “install-client-bundle” . All you need is to supply the correct username and password plus UCP URL to make it work.

Cloning the docker-app Repository

@master01:~/$git clone
@master01:~/$cd app
@master01:~/app$ sudo sh install-dockerapp

Verifying Docker-app version

openusm@master01:~/app$ docker-app version
Version:      v0.6.0
Git commit:   9f9c6680
Built:        Thu Oct  4 13:30:33 2018
OS/Arch:      linux/amd64
Experimental: off
Renderers:    none


Create WordPress Helm Package

Change directory to /app/examples/wordpress and run the below command to create Helm Chart.

openusm@master01:~/app/examples/wordpress$ docker-app helm --stack-version=v1beta1


docker-app helm wordpress will output a Helm package in the ./wordpress.helm folder. –compose-file (or -c), –set (or -e) and –settings-files (or -s) flags apply the same way they do for the render subcommand.

Deploy WordPress Application on Kubernetes Cluster

We are now all set to build WordPress application for Kubernetes Cluster using docker-app deploy command.

openusm@master01:~/app/examples/wordpress$ docker-app deploy -o kubernetes
top-level network "overlay" is ignored
service "mysql": network "overlay" is ignored
service "wordpress": network "overlay" is ignored
service "wordpress": depends_on are ignored
Waiting for the stack to be stable and running...
wordpress: Ready                [pod status: 1/1 ready, 0/1 pending, 0/1 failed]




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